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Our View: Thumbs up on competition by second cable provider

November 11, 2018 GMT

If there’s one thing Rochester residents fervently wish for more than an end to road-construction season it’s competition on the cable TV front.

Now, they might finally get it. MetroNet, which is applying for a cable franchise in the city, appears to be heading toward City Council approval following a public hearing last week. MetroNet will offer video and music channels, as well as phone and broadband service. The company has said that it would require a year of design and construction in Rochester before offering service, and then another two years to serve the entire city.

Will it be worth the wait? Time will tell, but we bet a lot of local cable users are anxious to find out.

Thumbs down on early winter

We all knew it was coming, and maybe all the attention paid to the election caught us unawares. But the blast of winter the past couple of days seemed unusually cruel.

Now, where did I leave that snow shovel? I guess these worn-out shoes won’t work on ice. Can’t find my heavy duty gloves. Wow, that’s black ice at that stop sign!

Yes, winter weather is here — for at least a few days. On the other hand, it is November, this is Minnesota, and cold, snow, ice and windchill had to arrive eventually.

Our advice: Embrace it. After all, it’s only going to get worse.

Thumbs up for voter turnout

You’ve got to hand it to Minnesota voters: They turn out to do their civic duty. The state usually leads the nation or is near the top in percentage of registered voters who actually turn out and vote. Minnesota typically turns out about three-fourths of voters in a presidential election year and at least half of voters in off-year elections.

By that comparison, Minnesota beat its own high standard in Tuesday’s mid-term election. About 2.6 million voters cast ballots Tuesday, which amounts to 63.82 percent of registered voters, according to the secretary of state’s office. That’s the highest mid-term turnout in Minnesota since 2002.