US cable giant Charter Communications has agreed a takeover for Maine-based ISP Bee Line Cable as it seeks to increase its footprint in the central part of the state. Local publications have quoted Bee Line general manager George Allen as saying that the process is expected to close this Spring. Mr Allen noted: ‘It’s a large process. You’ve got a lot of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings to do and state filings. And then, of course, the local franchise filings, things like that. So, it all takes time.’
According to its website, Bee Line was established as a cable TV provider by Owen Hannigan back in 1954 and is still managed by the Hannigan family. It serves the Central Maine communities of Anson, Madison, Skowhegan, Farmington, Industry, Wilton, East Millinocket and Millinocket. Bee Line began overbuilding its cable network with fibre in 2002 and currently offers download speeds of up to 500Mbps.
Interestingly, the Bee Line official noted that Time Warner Cable (TWC) – which was acquired by Charter in 2016 – had previously attempted a takeover for the local firm. ‘Time Warner was always knocking on our door because our properties are pretty nice,’ Allen observed.