By Kim Siebert MacPhail
William Deen, a 36-year resident of Bedford and current Vice President of the Friends of Depot Park, has been named the newest member of the Cable Television Committee by the Selectmen.
The five-member Cable Television Committee is advisory to the Selectmen and monitors cable operators Verizon and Comcast for license compliance. It also investigates and mediates any unresolved subscriber complaints, and assists with license negotiations.
“After talking with Joe Piantedosi [of the Volunteer Coordinating Committee] and the Chair of the Cable Television Committee, Jim Shea, I think this is an opportunity to serve the town’s interests and participate in local government,” Deen said.
Selectman Mike Rosenberg asked Deen for his opinion about whether the cable operators are being assessed enough money for doing business in Bedford, clarifying that if the fees were to rise, cable subscribers’ rates would no doubt rise as well.
Deen responded that he thought it possible that cable subscribers’ rate were too high and that he would look to a recent survey of cable customers for a sense of how they view current rates.
“I think it’s an open question—not just if the [fees for doing business in Bedford are] too little, but if they are too much,” Deen said. “I will approach it with an open mind. I haven’t studied the survey in detail but it produced a lot of data and I think it’s a guide as to what the citizens are looking for.”