Conn.: SNET Can Pull Plug on Cable

NEW HAVEN, CONN. -Connecticut regulators said the Personal Vision subsidiary of Southern New England Telephone Corp. may shut down its cable operations.

The move affects 30,000 cable subscribers in 26 towns, mostly in Hartford, Fairfield and New Haven counties.

SNET proposed compensating each customer with a $40 payment; the state ordered $50 refunds. SNET will try to get customers to use that refund for DirecTV Inc. hardware.

SNET has a distribution agreement with the direct-broadcast satellite provider, but terms of a special promotional package for the former cable customers have not been formalized, SNET spokeswoman Beverly Levy said.