Currently, the SEC Network is not offered to cable TV subscribers in Homerville. This petition is designed to solicit and show support so Comcast, the city's current designated franchisee, will feel compelled to offer the network to local cable subscribers as part of their basic package.
Comcast offers the SEC Network in other communities, and other cable companies in nearby communities (Pearson, Willacoochee, Valdosta, Lakeland) offer the SEC Network as part of their basic cable programming. When asked why the SEC Network wasn't being offered in Homerville, two Comcast representatives on two different occasions said it was because Homerville was "too rural" to offer the SEC Network.
Currently, Clinch County High has one graduate, Fred Tiller, playing football in the SEC, at Kentucky. Clinch County High's Octavis Johnson has also signed a college football scholarship to play at South Carolina, also in the SEC, in the fall. And another current CCHS student, Chauncey Manac, has committed to play at the University of Georgia, another SEC school. If any of those players are playing on the SEC Network, friends, neighbors and family of these players have no way to watch them on the city's cable TV system. Many people in our community either don't want satellite television or can't afford it. Last year, Kentucky played 8 of their 12 games on the SEC Network.
Last year, when the SEC Network premiered, another network offering college sports programming, CSS, which was offered by Comcast in Homerville, went out of business. Comcast never replaced it with another sports channel.
We ask that you sign this petition if you would like Comcast to offer the SEC Network as part of its programming package in Homerville, so people in our community can watch their favorite SEC teams compete, and we can watch our former Clinch County Panthers play college football.