RMA committee takes steps to find alternatives to running cable system

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A special meeting of the Rancho Murieta Association Communications Committee was held Tuesday to establish a committee to quickly study alternatives to having the RMA run the cable system. Meanwhile, plans to launch new programming on the upgraded cable system, completed recently at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, are still on hold. Read more » about RMA committee takes steps to find alternatives to running cable system

RMA says it's willing to negotiate radio tower -- but in private

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Saying they were feeling stung about a private negotiation that the other side made public, the Rancho Murieta Association board of directors questioned fire and sheriff's officials Tuesday night about the possibility of putting a public-safety radio tower on RMA property. In the end, the board decided to resume its negotiations in private. Read more » about RMA says it's willing to negotiate radio tower -- but in private

RMA says cable problem has been fixed

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[Updated April 10] The Rancho Murieta Association reported Wednesday that a cable TV problem affecting eight channels has been fixed, though neighbors disagreed in posts here at midweek. By week's end, the problems seemed resolved.  RMA General Manager David Stiffler said Tuesday that there were problems with channels 4, 18, 31, 32, 33, 40, HBO and Cinemax because of a faulty wire in one of the satellite dishes that bring in programming. Read more » about RMA says cable problem has been fixed

Mood swing: Cable conversations go from improved service to shutdown

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[Edited April 4] In less than a month, the Rancho Murieta Association Communications Committee has gone from anticipating the relaunch of an improved cable system to contemplating shutting the system down at year's end if a proposed bylaws amendment passes. Committee members pushed back Wednesday, saying the community needs to hear the rest of the story -- that shutting down cable also means shutting down the RMA's broadband Internet service, which is used by almost a quarter of the community. Read more » about Mood swing: Cable conversations go from improved service to shutdown

Cable fight heats up as RMA board shows it's split on the issue

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The community's Freedom of Choice Committee is stepping up its fight to make participation in the Rancho Murieta Association's cable system voluntary. At the same time, a straw vote of the RMA board showed it's split on the issue. Read more » about Cable fight heats up as RMA board shows it's split on the issue

Launch cable system March 17 with 60-day free trial, committee suggests

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After numerous delays, the Rancho Murieta Association expects to launch new digital and high-definition TV programming over its revamped cable system March 17, the Communications Committee said Wednesday.  At the same time, the committee will begin work on "Plan B" -- an alternative to the new system. Read more » about Launch cable system March 17 with 60-day free trial, committee suggests

Cable will be disrupted overnight in lower North area

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Rancho Murieta Association cable crews will be working overnight in the Lago, Carreta and Brisa areas, starting at about 2 a.m. and wrapping up by 7 a.m. Friday, according to General Manager David Stiffler. Read more » about Cable will be disrupted overnight in lower North area

RMA work today on cable system could cause disruptions

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The Rancho Murieta Association says it's working on the cable system today -- making adjustments and balancing the system -- which could cause brief service disruptions in the North and South.  The work should be complete by 5 p.m., according to General Manager David Stiffler. Read more » about RMA work today on cable system could cause disruptions

Cable system and youth drug problem are topics at RMA meeting

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Click for topic: Aftermath of cable vote ... Anti-drug effort ... Survey of development area ... Airing RMA meetings

[Full story published Feb. 20] The cable system and drug use by juveniles were the topics that drew the most comment at the 2½-hour Rancho Murieta Association board meeting Tuesday night. Read more » about Cable system and youth drug problem are topics at RMA meeting

Community vote says RMA cable should be optional

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John Weatherford and George Roper, proponents of a proposal to make basic cable TV service optional, observed as a committee led by Richard Silvis, left, counted votes on the issue Tuesday at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. The committee -- Richard and Mary Silvis, Bob Pritchard, Bob Andrews and Dick Stevens -- began counting the 1,030 votes at 9 a.m. and finished at noon. The RMA released the results of the advisory vote in the early evening. The RMA reported the vote was 806 yes (RMA cable should be optional) and 224 no. That's 78 percent favoring optional participation. Read more » about Community vote says RMA cable should be optional

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