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Mediacom to unveil digital-only programming

To better secure and enhance its television services, Mediacom will be issuing these adapter boxes to customers who have older analog televisions.

To better secure and enhance its television services, Mediacom will be issuing these adapter boxes to customers who have older analog televisions.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Cable Internet, television and phone provider Mediacom will be phasing out the analog portion of its signal into homes in Southwest Georgia this fall, officials announced Tuesday.

Mediacom has been providing both digital and analog signals through its cable infrastructure for years but come October, the company will begin cutting off the analog signal.

"Making this change will enhance the way we deliver video," Phil Skinner, senior director of operations for the Albany area of Mediacom said. "And it frees up space in the pipe for us to increase our data speeds and add more (High Definition) content."

Mediacom's already started the change in the Columbus area and in other parts of its telecommunications footprint.

For consumers, it means a few changes are on the way.

For one, anyone that has an older-model, analog television set will need to get a small, business-card sized adapter box from Mediacom if they wish to continue receiving television service.

The box is rent-free for the first year and then will be 99 cents each month afterwards. An HD version of the adapter, which will allow the consumer to enjoy HD channels, is $1.99 each month.

For those who have newer model digital televisions but don't use a cable box, an adapter box will be needed, Mediacom spokesperson Phyllis Peters said.

"The adapters will increase the security of the signal and allow the user to take full advantage of the digital channels," Peters said.

For those who use Mediacom's data component, the change will mean faster Internet speeds, Skinner said.

Currently, Mediacom offers 50 megabits-per-second download speeds and five mbps upload speeds. Shortly after the analog component is phased out, those speeds could increase to 100 mbps download and 10 mbps upload, Skinner said.

Peters said that Mediacom will be sending letters to customers informing them about the changes and how to get a adapter. They are also available online or by phone.

Peters said that technicians will also be able to assist customers while out on calls if asked.