Torrance Hires Firm to Analyze Cable...

A consulting firm, Cable Television Information Center of Washington, D.C., has been retained by the city to prepare an analysis of Group W's proposal to modify its cable system and increase rates.

The firm served as a consultant to the city during the bidding process for the cable franchise.

The City Council authorized up to $7,000 for the study.

Two weeks ago, Group W sent city officials a 20-page proposal for increasing basic and pay services rates by $2 each, to decrease the available channels from 120 to 60 and to consolidate its community access channels and facilities with neighboring cities.

Group W officials said the changes are necessary because construction costs for the system have been double those projected.

City officials have accused the cable company of trying to renege on its 15-year franchise agreement that was awarded three years ago.

A public hearing on the matter will be held April 16.

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