Buckeye CableSystem

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Buckeye CableSystem
(a division of Block Communications)
Type Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded Toledo, Ohio
Headquarters Toledo, Ohio
Key people Allan Block
Chairman
Products Cable TV, Broadband Internet, Dial-Up Internet, WiFi Hotspots, Digital Voice
Website www.buckeyecablesystem.com

Buckeye CableSystem, known as The CableSystem until the 1990s, is a cable company located in Toledo, Ohio, USA, which serves northwest Ohio and parts of southeast Michigan. Buckeye CableSystem is a full-service cable company including TV, broadband and home telephone services.

It is owned by Block Communications which also owns The Blade and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspapers.

Buckeye CableSystem also operates the cable system in Sandusky and Erie County in north central Ohio, which was formerly known as Erie County Cablevision.

Buckeye CableSystem also has a regional sports network Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).

Services[edit]

Video: Digital Cable TV, Video On Demand, Pay Per View, Whole Home DVR on up to 6 TVs, HD DTA converters (2 free per account) and over 100 HD options. Buckeye TV Everywhere: Cable TV customers watch streamed content from various cable TV programmers on Web enabled devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets and more.

Internet: Buckeye Express High-Speed Internet (800 Kbps Down/100 Kbps Up • 9 Mbps Down/2 Mbps Up • 26 Mbps Down/3 Mbps Up)

Buckeye1: 50 Mbps Down with 5 Mbps Up • The Blade All Access including Sunday Home Delivery, where available • Watch BCSN app… Authorized BCSN Live, whether you have cable TV or not • Apple iPad Mini , 16 GB white, Wi-Fi

Phone: Buckeye Phone—3 Phone Plans Available—Digital home telephone service, using a hybrid VoIP

Uncapping prosecutions[edit]

In 2002 Buckeye CableSystem gained national attention for the prosecution of 23 Toledo residents for uncapping their modems. Of the 23 prosecuted 17 were visited by the FBI in conjunction with local law enforcement. One offender, Brandon Wirtz, had nearly every electronic device in his home seized, including his computers, CD's, even his VCRs. Law enforcement reportedly entered Wirtz's home against his opposition before mention of a search warrant. Upon prosecution, Wirtz was fined $3200 in restitution, $300 for a class in ethics, and 40 hours of community service during a 90-day period. As the electronics are necessary for his business, Wirtz has sought a return of his confiscated equipment. CableSystem estimated Wirtz's share of the damages at $15,000 to $30,000.[1][2]

Carriage dispute involving WUPW[edit]

On December 12, 2012 at 5PM, Buckeye CableSystem ceased broadcasting of local Fox affiliate WUPW, due to a dispute between the cable system, WUPW owner American Spirit Media and WUPW operator Raycom Media (owners of WTOL). The dispute was over the increase in rates to carry the station in light of its low ratings and American Spirit's purchase of WUPW, in which they gave control of the station to WTOL. Since that date, CableSystem viewers saw a notice about the dispute in WUPW's channel position explaining the dispute.[3]

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