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What keeps companies from providing cable TV services in El Paso?

A viewer asked, "I was told by an Xfinity rep. that they could not operate in the same market as Spectrum-Time Warner. Why would this be?"

David, a KFOX14 viewer, had this question for me: "I was told by an Xfinity rep. that they could not operate in the same market as Spectrum-Time Warner. Why would this be?"

Based on what I learned, the company representative appears to have given David some wrong information.

While it's true that Spectrum, formerly known as Time Warner, was once able to operate as a monopoly cable TV provider in El Paso, that hasn't been the case for the last decade.

Companies interested in providing cable TV services in El Paso now go through the Texas Public Utility Commission. A PUC spokesman told me that it's a fairly simple process for companies that want to apply.

Other telecommunication companies do now operate in El Paso County. A quick check of the PUC website showed that AT&T, which still goes by Southwestern Bell in its PUC listing, offers cable services in El Paso County, along with Ciao Telecom.

I then checked with Xfinity, which is part of Comcast, and provides cable services in Las Cruces. A Corporate spokeswoman, Julianne Phares sent me an email telling me that while the company appreciates El Paso's interest, building the required infrastructure to provide TV, internet and phone services is a major capital investment that Xfinity doesn't plan to make at this time in El Paso.

It appears to be Xfinity's choice, not some rule or regulation, that's keeping it from operating in El Paso.

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