Broadcasters’, cable provider’s conflict spills over to Southern

Broadcasters, cable providers conflict spills over to Southern

Broadcasters’, cable provider’s conflict spills over to Southern

As of December 31, 2004, Cable One no longer carries local stations KSNF and KODE.

The local stations requested an increase in fees per subscriber to retransmit their signal, and Cable One refused.

Cable One provided 500 antennas to its customers so KSNF and KODE could still be viewed.

The City of Joplin is concerned about the issue, and due to this concern has made a standing offer to both Cable One and Nexstar Broadcasting to assist in this situation as a facilitator and/or provide a neutral environment in which to meet for discussions.

The two parties have not accepted the City’s offer at this time.

Students at Missouri Southern were affected by the termination of the two stations because favorite television shows such as “Oprah” are no longer accessible with Cable One.

“Since Cable One is making money off KSNF and KODE, it’s only fair that these stations should receive money in return,” said Brian Evans, senior history education major.

Evans said his friends would come over to watch those stations in the afternoon.

“My fiancé loved watching the ‘Oprah’ show,” he said. “She became irritated at the fact and so I switched to satellite where these channels are available.”

Angie Boone, freshman Spanish major, said the situation is too bad because a lot of local information will be lost.

“I think this will cause an inconvenience for cable users because they will now have to use antennas to view KSNF and KODE,” she said.

Boone said she thinks it was a great idea for Cable One to provided antennas for some of their customers, but she believes Cable One made them out to be the victim.

“I feel that Cable One should have given the station complementary,” she said. “I personally don’t subscribe to Cable One because I think it is a monopoly.”

Sheena McCrary, freshman undecided major, said it is silly Cable One refuses to provide their customers with KSNF and KODE.

“I think Cable One is trying to make a bigger profit than what they already make,” Boone said.

Boone said KSNF and KODE did the right thing by asking for more money because they are in high demand.

“It seems to me that the stations should be free to customers regardless,” she said. “I think Cable One will end up hurting in the long run.”

The City of Joplin finds this situation unfortunate and hopes this issue can be resolved to provide the citizens of Joplin a quality service from both companies.