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Sandy Wise
Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 - 11:32 am:   

I had raised this question awhile back. I did get a response but would like further information.

The utilities (data, phone, electricity) in Hunter's Creek are supplied by CoServ, and only CoServ. I would like to see AT&T bring their data service into the area. I would also like a choice for my electrical service and phone as well.

It was stated that the Co-op was voted on, but no one I have talked to in this area has said that they were involved in that decision.

What can be done by residents to get some utilities competition into this area?

Jason Gray, Interim ACM (Jason)
Posted on Monday, December 02, 2002 - 09:31 am:   

Ms. Wise-

Thanks for the question. In regards to the different potential utility companies offering service in your area:

AT&T may be required to extend their cable service to your location as part of our franchise agreement with them. If you would email to me your address I can check on that and get back to you.

The boundary lines for who provides electrical service are defined by the Texas Public Utility Commission. In areas that are certified for Co-op service only (CoServ areas), the state legislature has deemed that the Co-op may choose to opt into competition, or may choose not to opt into competition. At this point, CoServ has chosen to not opt into competition. The service areas are not voted upon, but the board of directors for CoServ is voted upon. You can find more information at CoServ's website.

There are no restrictions for any other company laying lines and offering phone service to your neighborhood, but there are also no requirements to do so. Under state law, the City no longer franchises telephone service. You can find out more about each of these in the fact sheet that I have developed at: here.

Jason Gray
Interim Assistant City Manager

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