The City of Kahoka is getting out of the cable TV and internet business. In closed session at the end of their regular board meeting, the Board of Aldermen discussed a proposal from MidAtlanticBroadband of Chantilly, Virginia to acquire the city-owned cable and internet system. The company currently provides service in Potosi and Canton, Missouri. The board gave Mayor Jerry Webber the authorization to pursue the agreement.
In a telephone interview following the meeting, Mayor Webber said that he had been working on the issue for more than a year, and had contacted several potential providers, but only MidAtlanticBroadband was interested. The company’s CEO visited Kahoka, and eventually made the proposal.
MidAtlanticBroadband will install new fiber-optic cable throughout the city, so customers will have improved cable quality and higher internet speeds. A dedicated service technician will handle both Kahoka and Canton.
The proposal included MidAtlanticBroadband taking over the management of the system immediately. Mayor Webber expects MidAtlanticBroadband staff will be on-site soon to start fixing the current problems. They hope to have all the fiber optic lines installed by October. Currently, the city serves around 750 customers, according to Webber.
Webber expects MidAtlanticBroadband will offer channel lineups and packages similar to what the city currently provides.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, as it is not yet finalized.