Thursday, May 23, 2024

Whoa. Cambridge is considering renewing its license with Comcast cable for another decade. For many who’ve had any sort of business relationship with the Comcast monopoly, this would be like a dragooned sailor — having survived the rats, scurvy and daily lashings —  signing up for another few years with the British Navy.

The city has a survey online (participate by Oct. 23 and you may win Cambridge Community Television membership or a courier bag) and workshops planned to help determine whether Comcast wins a renewed contract. Hearing that brings to mind excited but selfish thoughts of having a competitor to provide Internet and prime-time television, but CCTV’s introduction to the survey leans pretty heavily toward local-media aspects of the deal. I’ll follow up on what it all means.

In the meantime, I’m having Comcast flashbacks, and it’s not pleasant.