Cape Delegation Hosts Cord Cutting Workshops

HARWICH – Members of the cape’s state house delegation have been hosting a series of cord-cutting workshops across the region. The interactive presentation aims to educate Cape Codders on how to save money on monthly bills by exploring alternatives to cable and satellite TV.

The interactive presentation, created by Randy Hunt, will educate Cape Codders on how to save money on their monthly bills by exploring alternatives to cable and satellite TV. Hunt will walk attendees through some of the options, and explain how they work and how much they cost. The presentation includes a live demonstration and Q&A session.

Specifically, attendees can expect to learn more about over-the-air programming, streaming equipment (such as Apple TV and Roku), and streaming services (such as Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and CBS All Access). Consumers will also discover how they can use their internet connection to eliminate their landline telephone service.

The workshops are an extension of the Cape legislators’ efforts to invigorate Barnstable County’s residential high-speed internet service sector. In coordination with local leaders and stakeholders, they are exploring routes through which competition can be promoted, consumer costs lowered, and access to high-speed internet expanded.

“When we started our push to promote internet competition a year ago, one of the questions I was asked the most often was, ‘What can I do to save money right now?'”, said Hunt.

“I created these workshops to help answer that question. By being a shrewd consumer and exercising your market power, you will not only cut down on your monthly bills, but you’ll also send a big message: ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!'”

The workshops are collaborations between the Cape-area legislators, local senior centers and councils on aging, and libraries. They follow the successful cord-cutting workshops held at Cape Cod Community College last summer. On June 27, 2017, over 200 attendees packed the campus’ Studio Theatre between two sessions.

“There are so many options that are now available that were not available a few years ago,” said Rep. Will Crocker, of alternatives to cable. “These workshops will provide the consumer with the information and technology necessary to make the choice that best fits their situation when it comes to Internet, Cable TV, and Telephone Service.”

Consumers will also discover how they can use their internet connection to eliminate their landline telephone service at the final session to be held at the Harwich council on aging, on Friday March 23, it is free and open to the public.

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