SANFORD — It may take a couple of more weeks, but city officials soon hope City Council and other municipal and school meetings will be able to be shown live, as they take place, through the city’s cable television provider, Atlantic Broadband.

The usual broadcasts haven’t been able to be provided on cable television since the high school station WSSR was moved to the new Sanford High School and Regional Technical Center from the old high school this fall.

The issue has frustrated city councilors  as well as the viewing public.

City Manager Steve Buck told the City Council earlier this week that once the move from one school building to another was made, there would be a time lapse before fiber connections could be undertaken. Although the connections have been made another issue has developed.

Network servers were brought online, only to find that some parts – called mpeg 2 encoders  –  would no longer communicate with the Atlantic Broadband network.

The encoders have been sent back to the manufacturer for repairs and resetting to restore the network communications, Buck said.

In the interim, meetings are still being live streamed and recorded. People can watch them live, as they happen, or later, on their computers by going to the website and clicking on the ‘meeting videos’ tab.

As well, recorded meetings are posted on Atlantic Broadband channel 26 within 24 hours after they take place, Buck said.

A two-week window expected for the repair and return of the devices, he said, and once that happens, live broadcast will resume on Channels 25 and 26.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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