Charter official says county one step closer to ‘enhanced services’

10:00 am | April 18, 2013

A representative from Charter Communications announced construction was nearly complete on a project that could lead to enhanced services for Carter County.

Photo by Danny DavisNick Pavlis, Charter Communications’ director of government relations in Tennessee and Louisiana, describes Charter’s work upgrading equipment throughout the county.

Photo by Danny Davis
Nick Pavlis, Charter Communications’ director of government relations in Tennessee and Louisiana, describes Charter’s work upgrading equipment throughout the county.

On Wednesday night, during a public meeting at the Carter County Courthouse, Director of Government Relations for Tennessee and Louisiana Nick Pavlis said his company was working on upgrading its existing amplifiers to broadcast a stronger signal.

According to Pavlis, once that equipment is upgraded, advanced services like a greater number of high-definition channels, digital video recording, and video on-demand will be possible.

“Hopefully, by the end of June, we should be through with that process,” Pavlis said.

“That would allow it to go to 750 MHz system, which, in turn, would allow the advanced products. Step one is near completion.”

Although the amplification would facilitate the upgrade in services, Pavlis said he was unaware of when those options would be available to Carter County residents. The main goal of the work, according to Pavlis, was to bring the county closer to levels of service experienced by most of Tennessee.

“There are very few customers throughout Tennessee that don’t have our full complement of services,” Pavlis said. “But there are pockets, and they’re rural pockets. Now, those pockets are on our radar screen.”

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