HARVARD -- Town Administrator Tim Bragan told selectmen last week that Charter Communications, which now provides cable TV and high speed Internet services in town, would soon be history in the Nashoba Valley.

The town recently received notice of hearings in Boston to set cable rates, Bragan said, but Charter's director of government relations has said the company's contract with the town won't be renewed when it expires next year.

According to recent news reports, Charter and Comcast have cut a deal that divides existing service areas between the two giant cable companies and the mega-merger is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Charter is transferring its license to Comcast as it prepares to pull out of New England. Communities now served by Charter will soon be doing business with Comcast, including the Nashoba area towns of Groton, Pepperell and Harvard.

"Can we pre-negotiate" with Comcast?" Marie Sobalvarro asked.

"Sometime over the summer, there will be hearings," Bragan replied.

Assuming FCC approval, Comcast will then be required to make good on any deal the town negotiates with Charter, he said.

"We'll be notified when the actual transfer happens."


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