FLOYD – One hundred years ago, carefully written lines of handwriting in black ink on lined pages of a leather-and-canvas book document the founding of the forerunner of the company that provides cable television to New Castle.
The Citizens Mutual Telephone Co. of Floyd’s first meeting was officially born on the steps of the Floyd County Courthouse. Now the people and news of Craig County have become part of the next 100 years of the company’s history.
A copy of last week’s Feb. 26 issue of The New Castle Record was one of the items to be placed prominently inside a time capsule at the company’s centennial celebration on Feb. 28. The capsule was buried in front of the company’s headquarters in Floyd. Twenty-five years from now when that time capsule is scheduled to be unearthed, people can see and read some of what was important to Craig County people in 2014.
Greg Sapp, CEO and general manager of Citizens Cablevision, and Lori Saltus, executive vice president of customer relations, put the community newspaper and other objects into the capsule handmade of PCV pipe, then Sapp screwed on the end tightly.
“We have a remote control for a television, a cell phone, a section of banded optical fiber and other items from today’s technology,” explained Sapp.
Citizens Cable has offered cable television to about 250 residents of New Castle since Time Warner sold the company to Citizens in 2005. Although the company does not have an office in New Castle, there is a “head end” unit in New Castle which technicians service, Sapp said.
Cable subscribers can pay their bills at Farmers & Merchants Bank in New Castle.
Citizens Cable is launching Internet service in New Castle this week. “Customers can bundle existing TV service with it,” Sapp said. “Our service will be a good deal.”
He added that he believes offering the bundled service will give Citizens Cable an opportunity to bring up the number of customers in New Castle. Citizens Cable is the only cable television provider in Craig County.
Reminders of how far the company has come since its founding on Feb. 20, 1914, are displayed in the lobby of the Floyd headquarters. A phone booth – with phone books – stands proudly in the corner. Two older-model dial phones – with cords attaching the receivers to the body of the phone – sit next to the reception-area window.