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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1998 | ALLISON COHEN
The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed a criminal complaint Monday against a Tarzana man accused of selling illegal cable converter boxes on the Internet. Peter Mulder Johnston, 43, could face a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Arraignment is scheduled for March 11. The city attorney's office alleges Johnston offered the "black boxes" on the World Wide Web, using the name "The Original Cable Guy."
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NEWS
May 19, 1998
James W. Stilwell, 77, a cable television developer who worked for Times Mirror Co. Born in St. Louis, Stilwell studied mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He began his career in Philadelphia designing gas welding equipment, but in 1949 became interested in television and opened an appliance store. In the 1950s, he worked for several telecommunications companies as the number of cable systems multiplied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1991
The city's Finance Commission will hold a public hearing Monday to hear complaints, concerns or praise about the city's cable television service. The city's 15-year exclusive cable television agreement with Community Cablevision will expire next August, and the city wants to hear from cable customers before beginning negotiations for a new contract. The commission's meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers at the Irvine Civic Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1987
Rolling Hills Estates has awarded a non-exclusive 10-year franchise for cable television service to Times Mirror Cable Television of Palos Verdes Peninsula. The agreement was adopted by the City Council on Tuesday in the form of an ordinance, which will take effect in 30 days. According to city staff, construction of the new system is expected to take between six months and one year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted Friday to file a lawsuit challenging tentative decisions by the Federal Communications Commission that city officials fear could reduce their authority to regulate cable television franchises. Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a former cable television executive, said the proposed new rules could reduce public access programming and make it harder for the city to protect residents who are customers of the cable firms.
NEWS
May 28, 1989 | From United Press International
Bad ratings from the Monroe County Legislature have forced the cancellation of a plan to install cable television in the county jail, officials said Saturday. County Sheriff Andrew Meloni had proposed providing cable service to about 35 television sets at the jail, with the initial installation cost of about $25,000 to be picked up by inmates through sales at the jail commissary. But Meloni withdrew the idea after county legislators told him their constituents had given it a bad reception, with many saying that letting the inmates watch cable television would amount to coddling them.
NEWS
May 24, 1987 | Associated Press
An evangelist said Saturday that he has offered Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker jobs on a planned cable television show. The Rev. Leroy Jenkins said he made an offer through intermediaries to pay $100,000 a year to Jim Bakker and $75,000 to Tammy Bakker to perform on a weekly show similar to the couple's former show on the PTL network.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2000 | From Reuters
Verizon Communications, the local telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp., said Friday that it wants to sell GTE's cable television operations so it can focus on new ways to distribute high-speed video services. Verizon said that for a month it has been collecting offers from companies interested in buying GTE's cable business, which serves 123,000 customers in California, Florida and Hawaii. It has not set a deadline for the sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1995
The City Council is seeking residents to serve on a panel that advises the Garden Grove Cable Television Corp. about community programming on Channel 3A, the municipal cable channel. One seat is vacant on the Community Access Advisory Committee, whose seven members are appointed by the council for two-year terms. Knowledge of television production is not necessary to be considered for appointment. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and a Garden Grove resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
Cable subscribers will have slightly lower monthly rates, and refunds are also on the way. Heeding the advice of professional consultants, the City Council voted unanimously this week to require Copley Colony cable television to reduce its monthly basic service fee from $10.67 to $10.58. The council's resolution directed the fee to be reduced within the next 60 days.
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