Rotarians learn about fiber technology during meeting
Published 3:00 am Saturday, December 20, 2014
Every now and then, most of the Brundidge Rotarians don’t know enough about the program guest’s subject to ask intelligent questions.
That was the case when Jimmy Copeland, special projects director for Troy Cable, spoke to the club Wednesday.
The Rotarians laughing said the most they know about the cable is how to work the remote. But, they knew enough to be amazed when Copeland told them that Troy Cable has 1,500-plus miles of fiber network.
Troy Cable offers its customers basic and expanded cable that includes 62 popular channels. It offers a Variety Tier that includes the Outdoor Channel and the Fox and Lifetime movie networks, High Definition channels and digital music
Troy Cable also offers the Hispanic Tier, Sports and More Tier, Pay-Per-View and an Out of Market Package.
Copeland discussed Troy Cable’s “Fiber to the Home” upgrade, TV Everywhere, product offerings “Higher Speeds” that is coming in 2015.
In discussing the process of negotiating channel programming prices, Copeland said Troy Cable must purchase programming from a few providers and they use popular channels to set the price standard for other less viewed channels.
“It’s no pick and choose, when dealing with these providers. It’s ‘this is what it will cost you,’” Copeland said. “And, then they will say if you get this popular channel, then these other channels must be carried and they will cost you X amount of dollars.”
Copeland said that Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee and Dale counties have “Fiber to the Home” technology, which is the same type technology being used by Google and others to bring high speed data transport to large cities in America.