Dell Residents Losing Cable Service

November 2, 2006 -- Posted at 6:18 p.m. CDT

DELL, AR -- As of November 30th, residents in Dell will no longer have cable service.

"Tom Hill with the Blytheville TV Cable Company approached the town of Dell stating that they were going to have to forego TV service to us," said Dell Mayor Kenneth Jackson.

The Blytheville TV Cable Company has released a statement:

"The highway 18 project would require removal and relocation of at least 2 miles of facilities and equipment at a cost of more than $50,000.  This equates to nearly $1,200 for each customer in Dell.  It is not economically feasible for our company or our customers to support this cost."

Mayor Kenneth Jackson says, out of the population of 251 people in dell, there are probably about 50 people who do get cable service out of Blytheville.

"At first we didn't know what we were going to do because we had cable so long, but I decided we were going to get a satellite," said Bill Huddleston.

"Well I think people in the community are disappointed, but at the same time they understand.  We are looking at alternative ways of providing TV," said Jackson.

Dell residents have known about this change for a month and while some have already switched over to satellite service, there is another option.

"Everything is going to be switched over to HD in February of 2009, so if you don't already have a TV that is HD ready or has a digital tuner built in, you would actually have to buy a tuner or receiver that has that technology," said Jimmy Crague, manager of Circuit City.

Jackson says that they are going to look at alternative cable service providers.