Post fire, Cobridge restores service to most subs in Colorado City

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 7:20am
Mike Robuck

A wind-driven fire on Sunday knocked out service to Cobridge Communications' 650 subscribers in Colorado City, Texas, but service was restored to the majority of the homes late last night.

Cobridge spokesman Hank Belz said this morning that high winds led to a power line falling down on Sunday, and while the fire was initially contained, the wind picked up and the wildfire spread. The fire burned more than 20,000 acres and 13 homes.

Late Monday afternoon, Cobridge employees and Motorola technicians were allowed back into the headend that serves Colorado City. Most of Cobridge's subscribers now have cable TV service, although Belz said some channels might be missing.

As of this morning, Cobridge didn't have an estimate yet on the cost to fix the damaged fiber and equipment.

"Some customers may still experience service issues, and our techs will have further information later this afternoon on the total extent of the damage caused by the fire," Belz wrote in an e-mail this morning.

The Colorado City market was one of the 36 systems Cobridge bought from Charter Communications last year.

Last month, Cobridge sold two of those systems to Knology for $30 million in cash.



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