Policy

800-Sub Miss. System Shuts Off Signal

8/24/2004 5:55 AM Eastern

A Mississippi county was abruptly left without cable service when the struggling incumbent operator pulled its signal without warning.

SouthTel Communications left 800 Lee County subscribers without service, according to AP and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

The operator -- which has systems in Mississippi, Alabama and Texas -- filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Alabama Aug. 6.

Lee County supervisors have revoked SouthTel's franchise to provide services to rural areas of the county, and they said the operator owes Lee County $7,100 in fines for providing poor service and not responding to customer complaints, AP reported.

"Some company may want to come in and buy their plant," county administrator Ronnie Bell told the Daily Journal. "I don't know what kind. But they'll have to come to the supervisors first."