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Sen. Russell Demands Cable Equality for St. Croix


Jan. 3, 2006 – Sen. Ronald Russell is complaining that Innovative cable television viewers St. Thomas get four more digital channels than Innovative cable television subscribers on St. Croix.
The missing channels on St. Croix are an educational channel, a children's channel, a dedicated public television channel, and WTJX local programming.
"This disparity is unacceptable and must be corrected immediately. The residents of St. Croix cannot continue to be deprived of these very important public digital channels," Russell said in a news release.
He did not return a message left at his office requesting further comment.
Innovative spokesperson Janette Millin said the difference in service for the two islands is the result of different systems.
She said the St. Croix system is gradually adding channels.
"Hopefully by next year, we'll have more capacity," Millin said.
She said WTJX and Innovative are discussing how to work out the situation.
WTJX Director Osbert Potter could not be reached for comment.
According to Russell, WTJX bought the equipment that allows transmission of the channels to St. Croix, but Innovative hasn't provided access.
In his press release, Russell alleged that Innovative is receiving "tax benefits," however, Millin said that Innovative cable does not receive Economic Development Commission benefits.
Russell threatened that if the matter isn't resolved in January, the Senate will get involved.
Millin said that Russell had not contacted Innovative before sending out his press release.

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