Meyers cable woes may subside |

Meyers cable woes may subside

Susan Wood, Tribune staff writer

STATELINE – Meyers cable subscribers gained a clearer pathway Thursday when the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency gave Charter Communications approval to put up a fiber line that would restore channels 2 through 5.

Charter representatives estimated these channels would return to television screens by February.

“I’m authorizing this permit. I encourage you to get moving on it quickly,” said Lyn Barnett, division chief of project review. “We’re getting all these calls saying we’re holding it up.”

Barnett facilitated a hearing in which Charter asked for permission to install the line on 38 poles along Lake Tahoe Boulevard and North Upper Truckee Road.

About a dozen people showed up for the hearing in which some expressed their anger with the cable company over what they say is a lack of communication regarding customer service.

For more than a year, the 4,000 South Shore subscribers have been without KCRA, Channel 3. A few weeks ago, Meyers subscribers lost clear pictures on channels 2 and 4. Charter representatives explained the two were at the mercy of the weather – snow and wind being the worst culprits.

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From there, it should take three weeks to string the line on the power poles – the end of a long, arduous process.

“I’ll be happier when I see a picture,” Richard Lehman said, while leaving TRPA offices.

Lehman, who lives in the Cold Creek area, said he’s reached the end of the line in terms of patience. He doesn’t want to rest his hopes on false promises.

-Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at