Public hearing scheduled to discuss Exeter Township cable services
Exeter Township supervisors plan to hold a public hearing next month so they can listen to residents on their experience with current services offered by Service Electric Cablevision.
“This is an issue that people care about in the community,” John Cusatis, chairman, said at a board of supervisors meeting last week.
In 2008, the township joined a cable consortium with eight other Berks municipalities. A revised 10-year contract with the cable company was then negotiated through the consortium.
Under the agreement, Exeter Township receives 5% of all cable fees paid by Exeter residents to Service Electric Cablevision, which is the maximum percentage allowed by cable franchise agreements.
Phone and internet services are not included with the agreement and the township receives no revenue sharing with either of those services.
Free cable service to all Exeter Township-owned facilities is also included with the current franchise agreement.
The franchise agreement between Exeter Township and Service Electric Cablevision expired in March of 2018, but officials said they continue to operate under the expired agreement until a new one is signed.
Supervisors held a joint hearing in November of 2017 with Amity Township and Birdsboro; when all three municipalities were nearing the end of their 10-year franchise agreements with the cable service provider. A decision to renew the agreement in Exeter did not move forward.
The public hearing to discuss cable services will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 6 p.m. The tentative location for the hearing will be at the Exeter Community Library.