Letter: TV rebroadcasting discontinues

Dear Editor:

Columbia Electoral Area A Television Rebroadcasting Society (CAATS) has been serving rural Area A residents since 1992 with over-the-air television and radio signals.

Currently these services are received via aging analog technology.

In the early 2000s, the advent of digital communications arrived on the scene promising much sharper definition television.

The advancements in technology have come at a faster pace than originally anticipated and the society finds itself in the position of justifying the massive cost of transforming from analog to digital.

The cost of the transformation is estimated at more than $240,000 with required additional annual funding increases to maintain and operate the system on a go forward basis.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) tax records indicate that approximately 2,300 individual assessed properties in Area A contribute a portion of their property taxes to the society.

The exact number of residents currently using the services is not available however the society has knowledge of around 30 households that actually use the TV broadcasts.

Most residents use their own small dish satellite receivers (Shaw or Bell), or cable service (Nicholson and Hospital Creek).

All things considered, it has become clear that the society cannot handle the rapidly changing technology in consuming television and radio entertainment.

Additionally, it is unrealistic to expect all rural landowners to pay for an assessment increase in their property taxes to support a service used by so few residents.

Please be advised that the board of directors for the CAATS society has made the decision that it can no longer continue to operate and will discontinue television rebroadcasting as of August 2019, with radio services to follow.


Ron Van Vugt


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Highway 1 closed near Golden for high avalanche danger

DriveBC does not give an estimation for reopening

Kicking Horse Update Friday January 24

Kicking Horse reports 9 cm of snow in the last 24 hours,… Continue reading

Highway Update, Friday January 24

A vehicle incident has led to Highway 1 being closed in both… Continue reading

Trans-Canada to close at 11 a.m. for avalanche work

The highway will be closed until 2 p.m.

Women take centre stage at NHL all-star skills competition

Canada beat the United States 2-1 in a spirited 3-on-3 game between female players Friday night

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

B.C.’s oldest practising lawyer celebrates 100th birthday, shares advice

Firefighters bring Constance Isherwood a cake with 100 birthday candles

Vernon woman suing McDonald’s for spilled coffee

Woman seeking nearly $10K, says employee failed to put lid on properly

Diners’ health tax not catching on in B.C., restaurant group says

Small businesses look for options to cover employer health tax

B.C. comic wins judgment after club owner slaps cellphone out of his hands

Incident happened last summer when Garrett Clark was performing in Abbotsford

Most Read