KPU, a small cable TV company in Alaska, recently announced that it will be shutting down its TV service in 2024. Ketchikan, Alaska, will no longer have cable TV service because the only other option in town shut down a few years ago.
Ketchikan was the first town in Alaska with cable TV and in September 2024, cable TV service will not be available in the town.
Currently KPU offers TV starting at $74.95 a month plus fees and taxes. When the service shuts down in September 2024 it will only offer residential and business internet and phone service.
According to an interview with Alaska Public Media, KPU said they are shutting down TV service because “It just doesn’t make sense anymore.” Customers will now have to pick from a growing list of streaming or satellite services if they want TV service.
Ketchikan is located on the southern most part of Alaska along the Canadian border. KPU says they will continue to create local programming for the area but will only be streaming once cable TV shuts down.
This is the second small cable TV company to announce plans to shut down in 2024. DUO Broadband also recently announced plans to shut down in 2024 because of the high costs of programming from cable TV networks.
Increasingly small cable TV companies say they cannot afford to keep operating TV services because of the high cost of cable TV. Instead, they are turning their attention to other services like internet.