Today, state Representatives Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich), Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), Will Crocker (R-Barnstable), and Tim Whelan (R-Brewster), and state Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) announced that they scheduled a series of cord-cutting workshops across Cape Cod. All three will be held this coming March.
The first session is slated for March 2, at the Sandwich Council on Aging. The Yarmouth South Library will host the second on March 9; the final, at the Harwich Council on Aging, on March 23. All seminars will be free and open to the public.
An 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 Rep. Randy 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."
"I applaud Representative Hunt for taking the lead for our delegation on scheduling these Cord Cutting Workshops," said Sen. Julian Cyr. "Our residents on the Cape and Islands deserve more competition for access to cable and internet. In the absence of Verizon FIOS service and other traditional provider options in our region, technology is now giving more people access to streaming TV content and on-demand options that provide an alternative to Comcast. I believe attendees will find this opportunity to be very informative."
"This is an important issue for many of my constituents," said Rep. Sarah Peake. "Rep. Hunt has done an incredible amount of work on this and now I'm pleased to work with him to sponsor these sessions."
"The Yarmouth Town Libraries along with the Yarmouth Senior Center is pleased to be hosting this hour-long seminar, 'Cutting the Cord,'" said Patricia Cassisi, speaking on behalf of the Town of Yarmouth. "We are grateful to the Office of Representative Randy Hunt for providing our patrons with this valuable program. We are sure that all Cape Cod residents will appreciate learning about the basics about streaming devices, services, and tips to save money."
For more information on cord cutting, please visit Representative Randy Hunt's website.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Who: Rep. Hunt and the Sandwich Council on Aging
What: Sandwich Cord-Cutting Workshop
Where: Sandwich Council on Aging, Big Room, 270 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537
RSVP: Rita Wahlstedt, [email protected] or 508-888-4737
Friday, March 9, 2018
Who: Reps. Hunt, Crocker, and Whelan; Sen. Cyr; Yarmouth Public Library; Yarmouth Senior Center
What: Yarmouth Cord-Cutting Workshop
Where: Yarmouth South Library, 312 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA02664
RSVP: Jane Cain, [email protected] or 508-760-4820 x1312
Friday, March 23, 2018
Who: Reps. Hunt and Peake; Sen. Cyr; Harwich Council on Aging
What: Harwich Cord-Cutting Workshop
Where: Harwich Community Center, Multipurpose Room, 100 Oak Street, Harwich, MA 02645
RSVP: Judi Wilson, [email protected] or 508-430-7550 x10