Adelphia tries to curtail new service in rural areas

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Some Vermonters who’ve been waiting for cable TV to come to their areas may have to wait a lot longer. Adelphia Cable Communications is trying to trim back on commitments it made to the state two years ago to extend its service into some rural areas.

The company originally agreed to offer service to about 15,000 Vermont homes just outside of then-existing service territories. But Adelphia has told the Public Service Board it re-surveyed its routes, and removed about 6,400 of those homes from its to-do list.

Adelphia has been resisting expansion of its network into rural areas. The company says there are too few rural customers to allow it to recoup its costs.

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