Full Channel

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Full Channel, Inc.
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1965
Headquarters 57 Everett St Warren, RI 02885 US
Key people Linda Jane Maaia President/CEO
Products Cable television, Broadband Internet, Digital telephony,
Employees 20+ (2013)
Website http://www.fullchannel.com

Full Channel, Inc. formerly Full-Channel TV, Inc. is a private, family-owned Rhode Island corporation providing digital cable television and telecommunications services in Rhode Island. It is the third-largest[1] cable television provider in Rhode Island. Its wired communications network is available to the approximately 50,000 residents of Bristol County, Rhode Island.[2] Full Channel's main office is at 57 Everett Street in Warren, Rhode Island, U.S.[3][4]

History[edit]

John Donofrio, a former television repairman and then sales executive from WCRB in Boston, founded Full-Channel TV, Inc. in 1965 [5] when he learned of the potential success of Community Antenna Television. Later that year, Donofrio's company was awarded the first cable television franchise in Rhode Island after his application was approved by the City of East Providence. However, before Full Channel began construction of a system in East Providence, cable television franchising authority was transferred away from local municipalities to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. In 1974, Full Channel was among the nine original cable franchises awarded by the PUC and was ultimately assigned to the state's CATV Service Area 5, Bristol County, Rhode Island. It wouldn't be until 1982 that legal wrangling would allow for the original franchisees to begin building their systems.[6][7]

In 1982, Full Channel hired a workforce, opened a local business office and began building its cable system. In the winter of 1983, the company's first cable subscriber was connected. The company remained the only cable provider in Bristol County until 2001 when Cox Communications overbuilt Full Channel as part of its bid to service the entire state of Rhode Island.[8] Today, Full Channel competes with various TV, Internet and phone offerings from Cox, Verizon Communications, DirecTV and Dish Network. Since the entry of these competitors to the market, Full Channel has presumably lost some of its customer base, however the actual number of subscribers each company serves is not publicly available.

Since Donofrio's death in 2004, his daughter Linda Jane Maaia, son-in-law William Maaia and grandson Levi C. Maaia have run the company.[9][10]

  • In 1983 Full Channel became the first cable operator in Rhode Island to deploy analog addressable set-top converters allowing customers to watch pay-per-view events and premium networks
  • In 2001 Full Channel begins offering cable modem Internet service
  • In 2001 Cox Communications installs its first customer in Full Channel's formerly exclusive service area
  • In 2002 Full Channel begins offering digital TV
  • In 2003 Full Channel completes its hybrid fiber-coax and digital system upgrades
  • In 2004 Full Channel begins offering local telephone service as a Verizon reseller
  • In 2004 Linda Jane Maaia takes over operations of the company
  • In 2008 The company launches its GreenLink wind energy program
  • In 2009 CableFAX awards Full Channel its Top Operator award for community service
  • In 2011 Full Channel becomes the fourth U.S. cable system to offer Al Jazeera English in its lineup[11]
  • In 2011 Full Channel begins offering Full Channel Digital Phone services
  • In 2013 Full Channel upgrades its network to DOCIS 3.0 brodband Internet service [12]
  • In 2013 Full Channel launches TV Everywhere platform for on-demand, online viewing of cable TV networks [13]

Services[edit]

Full Channel TV[edit]

Full Channel's most widely distributed service is Limited Basic TV. This tier provides local broadcast signals and local cable access channels to all TV sets, both analog and digital. Expanded Basic and digital services are also available which add high-definition and specialty services like DVR.[14] The company also airs the three Rhode Island Statewide Interconnect channels, as well as two local public and government access channels for the towns of Barrington, Warren and Bristol, Rhode Island.[15] The company does not presently offer video on demand services.

Full Channel High-Speed Internet[edit]

Full Channel offers three levels of residential Internet service in addition to two levels of business Internet tiers using DOCSIS 3.0 technology.[16] Both business and residential service classes are divided into tiers. The fastest offering, residential Diamond 60 tier, provides 60 Mbit/s download.[17] The company also offers enterprise level fiber-optic Internet circuits to larger businesses and institutions.[18]

Full Channel Digital Phone[edit]

Full Channel offers two residential calling plans with a variety of features, Silver Plan includes some features and a limited amount of long distance calling. The Gold Plan offers all features and includes nationwide calling. The company says it has plans to offer Digital Phone to businesses.[19]

GreenLink[edit]

In 2008 Full Channel partnered with People's Power and Light – a 501(c)3 – to deliver GreenLink, Full Channel’s renewable energy initiative. The company claims this is the first such initiative in the cable industry. Customers who elect to participate in the program ensure that the energy used to power their broadband connection comes from wind power. This contribution goes directly to People's Power and Light's wind projects in New England which works with National Grid plc to purchase more wind power.

In 2009 CableFAX awarded Full Channel its Top Operator award for community service for its efforts with GreenLink and other community-based activities.[20]

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