Letter: Be wary of incoming TDS service
To the Editor:
Of course, one doesn’t wish to be cynical or suspicious—does one?—but perhaps we residents of Stevens Point ought not to get overly excited that after a virtual monopoly going back to Teltron almost 50 years ago there will be, at long last, some competition for cable TV and affiliated services when TDS finishes laying down its optical-fiber a year or so hence.
No doubt TDS will offer mouth-watering rates to entice us to take the satellite dish off the roof or dump Charter/Spectrum. For the first year, that is. Thereafter it’ll be “what the market will bear.” Ford doesn’t sell its cars for thousands less than Chevrolet; that’s no way to run a sustainable business. TDS will want to recoup that twelve million it spends on its infrastructure in our fair city just as soon as it can, and bargain-basement rates won’t do that.
So let’s not kid ourselves.