After nearly two years of heated debate, Avenue TV Cable and Century Communications have won new contracts with the city.
The City Council on Monday unanimously approved 11-year contracts for the two cable companies with the requirement that they provide their current services plus high-speed Internet access, fiber optics and additional public access channels.
Avenue's contract will require $3.5 million in upgrades, which will mean increased rates to subscribers, starting next month. Century, which is part of a larger franchise, will not increase rates.
At the council meeting, some residents complained that they will be paying higher rates for services residents don't necessary need or want. Others objected to a 2% franchise tax increase.