In Rutland, 100 turn out for Sanders hearing on cable changes

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Upset about recent changes to their cable TV lineup, about 100 people turned out last night in Rutland for a hearing hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders.

Comcast’s vice president for Vermont, Dan Blakeman, said Comcast customers with analog TV sets who recently lost between 8 and 15 channels from their basic cable packages will be given a free digital box for a year.

Comcast officials say moving one channel from analog to digital allows the company to free up space on its advanced fiber optic network for 10 additional digital channels.

Blakeman said that the vast majority of Comcast’s customers want upgraded digital offerings.

Sanders says he plans to introduce legislation on the issue. He says it’ll take congressional action to make sure people get reasonably-priced cable TV.

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