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Mother Nature, weak signals to blame for current cable problems<br>

A call to Eagle West’s Williams office was referred to the company’s Mesa office. That office did not return a call for comment.

Currently, customers are receiving poor reception on Phoenix-based channels. One of those, local channel 6, which was the Phoenix ABC affiliate, has been replaced with a Denver ABC station.

Eagle West representatives told DePonte April 1 that the remaining problems with Phoenix stations are due to lines being damaged by snow in the mountains.

That problem was expected to take about a month to fix, said DePonte.

“The other (problems), NBC, CBS, that was the result of a cable break up in the mountains,” said DePonte, “as a result of the winter snow. And they said they were in the process of repairing that.”

DePonte attended a debtor’s conference in Phoenix April 1 after a local resident complained at a City Council meeting about the problems. Eagle West has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Another hearing to extend a deadline for Eagle West to either “assume or reject executory contracts” has been held since the April 1 meeting. That new deadline is June 30, DePonte said.

DePonte said he asked an Eagle West attorney about the possibility that the cable provider may leave Williams.

“This is just what I was told,” said DePonte, “in the short run, there are no worries, they’ll continue to provide the service. In the long run, if they don’t believe that they are going to be able to financially swing it, then their next step in bankruptcy court will be to file an application for the appointment of a broker, and that broker will help them try to sell the cable TV company.”

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