Troy Cable seeks franchise agreement in Florala

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Troy Cable is seeking a franchise agreement with the City of Florala, and will likely offer cable services there in the future.

Jimmy Copeland, director of special projects, approached the Florala City Council Monday with the request.

Copeland said Troy Cable is filing to undertake a project that has a partner, but which he could not reveal. Copeland said the company is beginning the process of building 130 to 150 miles of fiber on a route that begins in Montgomery, goes through Troy, Enterprise, Daleville, Clayhatchee, Samson and Florala. In Florala, the partner will take the project further south and southwest, he said.

Copeland said he also is looking at property on which Troy Cable can locate equipment.

The company is already in Elmore, Bullock, Montgomery, Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee, and Dale counties, and has partnerships with TV Cable of Andalusia and East Alabama Cable in Phenix City.

Councilwoman Hazel Lee asked Copeland if Troy Cable would be competing with Brighthouse, which currently offers cable services in Florala.

“Yes ma’am,” he said. “And I promise you when they hear about it, their prices will go down.”

Copeland said Brighthouse recently sold to Charter.

The council asked Copeland to present a proposed franchise agreement together for their consideration.