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On October 2nd at 6:30 p.m., the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors will conduct a Public Hearing to consider renewing the County’s cable franchise agreement with Cox Communications. The current and only cable franchise agreement in Gloucester expires on March 21, 2021 and if renewed, will continue as is for another 10 years beyond that.
Cox Communications has made a lot of money in Gloucester, but they do not appear to have invested any of that money back into the community. They closed the Gloucester Cox Solutions Store, forcing customers to travel to Newport News or Williamsburg or rely on various mail services to fulfill certain needs. There are still huge sections of Gloucester that are without cable service and Cox Communications has pretty much refused to expand their infrastructure to accommodate these areas. The biggest slap in the face is Cox’s refusal to provide highspeed internet to Gloucester residents. The lack of highspeed internet not only frustrates would be user, it contributes to stifled economic growth.
Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 p.m. is the time for you to tell the Board of Supervisors and Cox Communications that Gloucester County wants a better deal, or the franchise agreement must go away.
Below and beginning on page 5, you will find a SlideShare presentation of the franchise agreement and other information pertaining to the agreement. We have also provided the email address for the Board of Supervisors.
Email the Board of Supervisors: BOS@gloucesterva.info