Blog Archive

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Coincident Peak Notice

E.P.B. Electric Customers on the Variable Price Rate- We predict the POSSIBILITY for January's peak electric demand to occur on Wednesday, January 17th between 7am & 1pm. This is only a prediction based upon our best guess as to what the combination of all customers in Glasgow will demand from T.V.A. A peak demand hour can occur during any of the maximum of 24 hours of each month during one of our predicted peaks. This is our forecast which is provided as a convenience for E.P.B. customers who wish to receive forecasts. If you want to move to a fixed energy rate without coincident peak demand charges, please contact us at 270-651-8341.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy New Year EPB Internet Customers!

We have just given EPB internet customers a New Year’s gift! The 12 MB internet service was just upgraded to 15 MB and the 40 MB service just got kicked up to 50 MB! These improvements will improve all your internet activities, and the really cool part is that there is no additional charge.

In order enjoy this upgrade, all you must do is reboot your cable modem.  Just unplug the power, wait 30 seconds, and plug it back up. Once the modem comes back on-line you will have the newly upgraded speeds. That’s it!


Enjoy this latest upgrade from Glasgow EPB, as we continue our tradition of bringing you the future…faster!
Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Cable Television Changes Finalized

In a Special Meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2018, Glasgow EPB board members met to again consider the matter of paying the rate increase demanded by WHAS, or, in the alternative, dropping the channel. The Board had already decided to drop WSMV and WTVF on January 1, but was still considering the final offer from WHAS until the Special Meeting.

This was a very difficult decision to make. The Board was faced with a necessary rate increase of $2.95 per month if all three broadcast channels (likely to take effect in April) were removed, or an increase of about $6.20 per month if WHAS’s offer were accepted. The Board was evenly split on the question, with half of the Board feeling that keeping access to a Kentucky based broadcast station like WHAS, essential for EPB customers to keep fully abreast of Kentucky news, weather, and sports. The other half of the Board was more focused on the need to keep the cable rate increases smaller by dropping some channels who have asked for the largest rate increases, leaving customers the option of getting the Louisville news programming from streaming video sources. Eventually, the tie was broken by the Board Chairperson, who voted to drop WHAS in favor of lower rates.

This decision will become effective Monday, Jan. 8th, when the cable lineup will be altered as follows:
·         Ch. 16 will become Trinity Broadcast Network (formerly on Ch. 22)
·         Ch. 22 will become CSpan (formerly on Ch. 98)
·         Ch. 23 will become CSpan2 (formerly on Ch. 99)
·         Ch. 25 will become Zap2It Scrolling Guide (formerly on Ch. 36)
·         Ch. 36 will become NBC Sports  (formerly on Ch. 42)
·         Ch. 42 will become newly added WE (Women’s Entertainment)
·         Ch. 81 will be newly added as Sundance
·         Ch. 82 will be newly added as IFC (International Film Channel)
·         Ch. 114 The Justice Network will be removed
·         Ch. 144 will become newly added MeTV (currently dark and formerly LAFF TV)
·         Ch. 185 will be removed (currently dark & formerly UP TV)
·         Ch. 195 WHAS 24/7 Weather will be removed
·         Ch. 196 will be removed (currently dark & formerly News5+
·         Ch. 542 WHAS-HD will become FS1-HD (formerly on Ch. 522)
·         Ch. 522 will be removed (currently FS1-HD)
·         Ch. 558 will be removed (currently dark & formerly WSMV-HD)

·         Ch. 559 WTVF-HD (currently dark) will become Nat. Geo Wild HD

Coincident Peak Notice

E.P.B. Electric Customers on the Variable Price Rate- We predict the POSSIBILITY for January's peak electric demand to occur on Friday, January 5th between 7am & 1pm. This is only a prediction based upon our best guess as to what the combination of all customers in Glasgow will demand from T.V.A. A peak demand hour can occur during any of the maximum of 24 hours of each month during one of our predicted peaks. This is our forecast which is provided as a convenience for E.P.B. customers who wish to receive forecasts. If you want to move to a fixed energy rate without coincident peak demand charges, please contact us at 270-651-8341.
Monday, January 1, 2018

Coincident Peak Notice

E.P.B. Electric Customers on the Variable Price Rate- We predict the POSSIBILITY for January's peak electric demand to occur on Tuesday, January 2nd between 7am & 1pm. This is only a prediction based upon our best guess as to what the combination of all customers in Glasgow will demand from T.V.A. A peak demand hour can occur during any of the maximum of 24 hours of each month during one of our predicted peaks. This is our forecast which is provided as a convenience for E.P.B. customers who wish to receive forecasts. If you want to move to a fixed energy rate without coincident peak demand charges, please contact us at 270-651-8341.
Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year Will Bring Changes to Cable and Internet for EPB Customers

 With the coming of a new year, some changes are planned for our internet and cable systems.  First, we are pleased to announce that we will be increasing our speeds for our internet services within the coming weeks.  We will be providing this improvement at no additional cost to our customers, and will notify our customers when this change is complete and ready for our customers to enjoy.

The end of 2017 brings us to the implementation of our decision to drop WSMV, WTVF, and possibly WHAS from our cable television lineup. This is not a decision we look forward to carrying out, but it was made necessary by the continuing cost increases demanded by the networks and the broadcast stations that affiliate with them.

Every three years we must negotiate a new carriage agreement with each of the broadcast television stations we carry on our system. The broadcasters are able to charge us for carrying their programming because the companies that own them successfully convinced our Congress to pass laws which give them the right to do so. This was an outright gift to the broadcasters by our elected representatives. They made it legal for this transfer of wealth from our customers to distant broadcast television stations, and that is not even the worst of the laws relative to your cable service.

We are also legally required to carry the network programming (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) from the Bowling Green broadcast stations instead of being allowed to choose broadcast sources in Nashville or Louisville. So, our decision is not based just on the payment demands of WSMV, WTVF, and WHAS. It is also based on what we are required to pay WBKO and WNKY in order to offer ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX programming. Those payments to the Bowling Green broadcasters set up the financial situation where we felt that many of our customers just would not want to pay the additional cost of maintaining duplicate broadcast stations over the next three-year contract period.

This is obviously not a unanimous decision, as we have heard from some customers that they would rather pay the extra than lose the Nashville and Louisville stations. Rather, it seems to be another situation wherein the community is divided between those that want rates as low as possible, and those willing to pay the additional cost to maintain the programming status quo. In light of this division, our Programming Committee and Board of Directors, made the difficult decision to drop some channels to keep rates low.

But that does not mean that those willing to pay more to keep access to the Nashville and Louisville channels are without options. Much of the local news and weather that many enjoy from WTVF, WSMV, WHAS, and other broadcast stations, is actually available using internet streaming technology from Roku, Amazon, Apple, and other sources - and the coming free internet speed upgrade will help provide a more stable platform for this option!  Roku devices are particularly easy to use and inexpensive to buy (less than $40). We’ve created a video primer on buying, installing, and setting up these devices and you can access that video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_rCZeN_yD8&feature=youtu.be . We will even show it at various times on Cable 6, so you can get more comfortable with this option for continuing to enjoy programming from distant broadcast stations.

The final decision on the fate of WHAS will be made before January 10. We are awaiting another meeting of the EPB Board and hoping for some additional price concession by the WHAS folks. We will keep you posted on the decision about whether WHAS will remain on our system very soon.With the coming of a new year, some changes are planned for our internet and cable systems.  
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Coincident Peak Notice

E.P.B. Electric Customers on the Variable Price Rate- We predict the POSSIBILITY for December's peak electric demand to occur on Thursday, December 28th between 7am & 1pm. This is only a prediction based upon our best guess as to what the combination of all customers in Glasgow will demand from T.V.A. A peak demand hour can occur during any of the maximum of 24 hours of each month during one of our predicted peaks. This is our forecast which is provided as a convenience for E.P.B. customers who wish to receive forecasts. If you want to move to a fixed energy rate without coincident peak demand charges, please contact us at 270-651-8341.