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RCN Launches NECN

New England Cable News picked up 74,567 Boston metropolitan-area households following its launch on RCN Corp.’s system there Wednesday.

The regional news network said it now serves nearly every wired household in the Boston area, the No. 5 TV market in the United States.

NECN now totals 3.2 million subscribing households in New England, nearly 2 million of which are in the Boston metropolitan area.