Cable Advisory Committee settles on 10-year contract with Comcast for Buckland, Shelburne

  • Members of the Buckland Selectboard meet last week, at which time they signed a contract with Comcast. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

Staff Writer
Published: 10/3/2022 2:06:34 PM

The Cable Advisory Committee, consisting of residents from Shelburne and Buckland, has negotiated a joint 10-year television and internet contract with Comcast.

The contract covers both towns, and includes several key changes from last decade’s contract.

“I think the process has evolved to be more streamlined,” Don Wheeler, a Buckland member of the Cable Advisory Committee, said in an interview. “It’s in the best interest of the provider, Comcast, and the towns to reach a fair agreement.”

The biggest change to the contract is residents will now have access to high-definition channels. Before, Comcast subscribers only had access to standard-definition television.

“This is a big plus,” Wheeler said. “It feels like moving into the 21st century.”

The contract has also expanded areas of coverage in both Buckland and Shelburne. Wheeler said Comcast may have expanded because Whip City Fiber, a company owned by Westfield Gas + Electric, expanded its internet service throughout the hilltowns.

“This may have had an influence on other cable providers like Comcast wanting to reach those areas,” Wheeler said. “That has had an effect and has been helpful in a lot of ways.”

Additionally, each town receives a capital investment for equipment. With this contract, there will be an increase in the investment by 50% over the next 10 years.

Also new to the contract is maps providing Buckland and Shelburne officials with information on where and how many subscribers there are.

“We can have a rough idea about where we stand each year with this data,” Wheeler explained.

The Buckland Selectboard has approved the contract with Comcast, and the Shelburne Selectboard is expected to sign on during its next meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.

“The whole process took a while,” Wheeler commented. “I’m grateful for everyone’s support.”

Bella Levavi can be reached at 413-930-4579 or


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