Dish at the Center of Attention


The town of Center, Colo., will shut down its city-run cable-TV service Thursday, but it won’t be without programming.

EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network and a local RadioShack Corp. franchiser retailer are teaming up with the town to convert some 600 of the soon-to-be-shuttered municipal system’s subscribers to direct-broadcast satellite.

The town voted June 28 to shut down the municipal system in order to avoid upgrading its 20-year-old plant.

“To maintain and upgrade our cable system, we were facing as much as a $500,000 investment," Center Mayor Adeline Sanchez said in a prepared statement. "By switching to Dish Network, our cable customers will get about three times as many channels, digital picture and sound and, for the first time, access to high-definition television and digital-video recorders."

Added Stephanie Steffens, owner of InterMountain First Aid and Safety, a RadioShack dealer franchise in Center, "We're pleased to team up with Dish Network and the town of Center to offer residents a better alternative to the cable system. A team of Dish Network technicians will assist us with hundreds of installations during this very busy first month. After that, we'll take the reins, providing long-term support for Center residents."