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The National Cable Television Association doled out 'Community Spirit
Awards' Wednesday, honoring outstanding local and regional cable-programming

The winners in six categories were:

Cable systems with fewer than 50,000 subscribers:
Sunflower Cablevision, Lawrence, Kan., for airing 70 hours of community
television each week.

Cable systems with 50,000 to 150,000 subscribers:
Comcast Cable Communications Inc., Southfield, Mich., for offering 4,750 hours
of diverse community programming in 2000 to more than 100,000 subscribers in the
northern suburbs of Detroit.

Cable systems with more than 150,000 subscribers:
Cox Communications Inc. of

Louisiana (New Orleans), for celebrating the community's diverse culture on
local channel Cox 10.

Regional news network: New England Cable News,
Newton, Mass., serving more than 2 million subscribers in six New England
states. Last year, public-service campaigns helped to raise $12.5 million to
fight cancer and $30 million to help protect Maine woodlands.

Regional sports network: Comcast SportsNet,
Philadelphia, for going beyond major-league sports games to provide sports news
and conversation. A companion Web site,, launched last

Regional community and public-affairs network:
Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.'s MetroChannels, New York, for providing a branded
package of channels created for New York City and surrounding communities.

Senior executives representing programming, MSO
operations and public affairs judged the competition.