MCTV Acquires Bellaire Television Cable Co.
MCTV acquires new system to continue its commitment to invest in innovative technology and exceptional service to strengthen local communities.
MASSILLON, Ohio (March 24, 2020) – MCTV, a leading Internet, cable TV and Phone provider across several counties throughout Northeastern Ohio announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Bellaire Television Cable Company (“Bellaire”). Founded in 1965 by Richard (Dick) Nowak, Bellaire serves several hundred residents of Belmont County, Ohio with Internet and cable TV services.
MCTV currently offers residential and business services to more than 50,000 homes and businesses across its service areas.
“Dick is one of the original ‘cable cowboys’ who undertook the massive task of building cable TV systems to bring cable television – and later Internet – to small-town, rural America back in the 1950’s and 60’s. Thanks to his dedication, hard work and commitment to the community the Bellaire Television Cable has been serving the Bellaire community and its residents for more than 50 years,” stated Katherine Gessner, president of MCTV. “We are honored that he has entrusted us to continue the legacy he built. MCTV is excited for the opportunity to continue to serve his customers.”
Also founded in 1965 in Massillon, Ohio, MCTV has primarily served communities in Stark and Wayne counties. In 2018, MCTV acquired systems serving four communities across the state. It was an opportunity to not only expand MCTV’s customer base, but to provide improved services for communities.
“We have experience successfully managing Internet, cable TV and Phone networks in small and rural communities,” explains Gessner. “Bellaire and the surrounding areas are an excellent match to our expertise and exciting addition to MCTV. MCTV is dedicated to going the extra smile for all of our customers and we plan to continue to do so for our newest neighbors in Bellaire, Ohio.”
MCTV plans to complete the transition and become the new Internet and cable TV provider effective April 1, 2020. MCTV has been working with Bellaire over the past few months to improve the reliability of the system, including increasing Internet speeds to most customers. Other improvements will be made in the coming months. Customers are asked to be patient as improvements are made.
Customers will receive communication in the coming days regarding the transition. For more information about MCTV and this transition, visit www.MCTVOhio.com.
About MCTV: MCTV “goes the extra smile” for its customers, adding high-touch service to high-tech telecommunications. Since 1965, MCTV’s 165+ local employees have been serving their neighbors with a full complement of advanced broadband products for home and business, including High-Speed Internet, Digital TV, Phone, television advertising, dedicated fiber optic connections and security systems. Approximately 50,000 homes and businesses in Stark, Wayne, Summit, Holmes, Carroll, Monroe, Jefferson, Columbiana and Tuscarawas Counties rely on MCTV for their telecommunications needs.