LIMA — Ned Bushong took a line from the 1976 movie “Network” — “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore” — as he belted out the famous line from a bullhorn as he stood on the top of a picnic table Saturday in Lima’s Town Square. He and a group of like-minded people were upset over their ever-increasing cable TV bill.
“My Time Warner [bill] was always $71.77 a month for everything. Now with all the extra channels they’re adding on, they’re going totally digital. Now it’s going to be $126.51 a month. It makes me feel absolutely violated. It’s insanity,” said Joanne Blank of Lima.
Bushong says cable TV prices have skyrocketed not only in Lima, but elsewhere.
“Of course, Spectrum is the leader. They’re the ones that have the monopoly, but the others fall right in to place,” he said.
Many have cut the cord and have tried other things, like using an antenna to pick up free over-the-air stations or going internet only, but Bushong doesn’t believe he should have to do that.
“If everybody dropped cable, they would run internet up to $200 [a month]. Cable TV offers too much as far as education and entertainment, and running away from it is not really the answer. Cable TV and internet around the world is about one-fourth of what it is here in the United States, so they treat it as a utility, as a necessity in most places in the world. Here, it’s treated as a profit center,” he noted.
He is urging people to write to Lima City Council or the Ohio Statehouse to try to get something done to bring prices down.
“We’ve been at this for five months, building a coalition here. At the last meeting, we had about 100 people,” Bushong said.
To learn more about this group, search for “Cable-TV-War” on Facebook.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.