Key station still out for cable subscribers
Charter Communications wants Meyers subscribers to stay tuned as it awaits the necessary approvals to put KCRA Channel 3 back on the air.
The cable company has about 4,000 subscribers on the South Shore.
Charter needs to run a fiber optics line from South Lake Tahoe to Meyers to complete the circuit after a problem with the signal pathway led to the Sacramento station going off the air.
“Unfortunately, we were caught in the middle,” Charter spokeswoman Marsha Berkbigler said.
SBC, Pacific Bell’s parent company, controls the permits for the power poles where Charter may string its fiber line. Berkbigler said Charter has bought the fiber.
“Pure and simple, we’re waiting for Pac Bell to quit dragging its feet,” she said.
Charter has waited 45 days since it applied for the permits. Berkbigler expects the lines will go up by April. People in Meyers, Tahoe Paradise and people outside the limits of South Lake Tahoe have not had KCRA since Nov. 5. At that time Charter said the NBC affiliate would return in mid-December.
KCRA is the only station available from Charter that provides nightly news out of California.
“Once we get the fiber line in, KCRA will go back on,” she said.
This is welcomed news to KCRA General Manager Elliott Troshinsky.
“I thought we’d be back on the system by the first of the year. We’re very disappointed we’re not at this point, but I hear they’re working feverishly,” Troshinsky said.
For this year, Charter has also scheduled upgrades on its high-speed data service for the Carson City and Glenbrook region. South Lake Tahoe’s upgrade may occur in 2004.
By March, Charter plans to perform a channel realignment in which programming in specific genres such as sports, news, movies and family shows are lumped in modular packages. This would affect the South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas.
Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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