System Notes



San Jose: Kevin Nealon of Saturday Night Live
fame and comedian Sue Murphy appeared at the Fairmont Hotel Ballroom last Thursday to
celebrate Comedy Central's return to AT&T Broadband & Internet Services' (formerly
Tele-Communications Inc.) local lineup. Radio station KSJO, Metro Newspapers and
Anheuser-Busch Inc.'s Budweiser Beer joined AT&T Broadband and Comedy in sponsoring


Campbell County: Following on the heels of InterMedia
Partners' decision to no longer provide cable regulators here with free premium channels,
the Campbell County Cable Television Board last month decided not to pay for premium
channels for its board members, as reported in the Kentucky Post.

InterMedia general manager Mike Withiam told the Post
he learned of the free service during a routine audit before Christmas. "I think it's
one of those things that got set up many, many years ago," Withiam said.
"Clearly, it's outside the bounds of Kentucky's ethics law."

Bellevue Councilman Jack Meyer told the Post that
board members initially took the free service years ago as a way to monitor the content of
some shows. Eight of the nine board members had been getting premium channels


Union Township: Township meetings moved one step closer
to being broadcast live on Warner Cable's channel 8, following last month's installation
of a remote-control camera system at the Union Township Government Services Center,
according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The new equipment enables one person in a small room off
the trustees' meeting room to quietly operate all three cameras, and even to insert

"Once we know that it works, we'll go live," Tim
Jester, director of West Chester Community Television, told the Enquirer.

"I didn't even know it was there," added trustees
chairman Jose Alvarez, following the first taping with the new system. "People don't
see the setup like they used to. It doesn't distract from the meeting or from what's being

Added township administrator David Gully, "It's been
bothersome at times to have [recording technicians] in here with their headphones, talking
to each other about the shots or whatever." The equipment should work well with the
new fiber optic cable being installed throughout the township, Gully said.

The new equipment, which cost about $30,000, was paid for
through the cable franchise fee added to each customer's bill.


Seattle: The City Council approved a cable-customer
"bill of rights" last month, as part of its campaign to punish AT&T
Broadband & Internet Services' TCI Cablevision of Washington for missing its upgrade
deadline, according to the Seattle Times.

The bill of rights guarantees subscribers courteous cable
employees, accurate cable bills and appointments that are kept. Consumers can get rebates
of $5 or more if those conditions are not met by TCI or by Summit Communications Inc., the
other cable operator that serves the city.