Troubled WSNet Inc., scheduled to shut down service Feb. 28, has sent a
letter to at least some cable customers denying any connection with an upstart
satellite company that claims to be ready to take up where it left off.
WSNet provided digital programming and transport services to small and rural
cable operators and to about 650,000 customers in apartment buildings.
WSNet filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 24. In a Feb. 10
hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, company
lawyers said the plan was to shut down its digital service by March 1.
The company's analog service -- primarily a C-band satellite offering to
apartment buildings -- is in line to be sold.
Soon after WSNet announced that it would shut its doors, an Eatontown,
N.J.-based computer-networking firm, Kamputech Inc., said it would restart the
digital service for small cable operators and multiple-dwelling units across the
In a press release issued Feb. 19, Kamputech said it intended to "continue
the service on the T-6 and G4R [satellites] to customers currently receiving the
service from WSNet. We have received agreements from providers for encoding,
uplinking and transmission to customers on the T-6 and G4R satellites, allowing
cable operators to offer complete digital programming to regions bypassed by
traditional cable systems."
WSNet now denies any agreement with Kamputech.
The letter, signed by WSNet chief operating officer Stuart Lefkowitz, said
WSNet had been "notified from public newswires that an entity named Kamputech
Inc. has entered into agreements with providers to continue service on T-6 and
G4R to its customers. WSNet has not entered into any agreements with Kamputech
regarding this proposed transaction. WSNet has not been able to confirm the
existence of the agreements necessary to provide continued services as
contemplated by Kamputech."
WSNet advised customers to "conduct their normal and customary investigation
and due diligence" before selecting a new provider.