Even though the Big Ten Network and Mediacom reached a deal on Thursday, cable subscribers in Fort Dodge and most surrounding towns are still in the dark.
A small part of northwest Iowa - which includes a square path between Fort Dodge, Algona, Storm Lake and Spencer - will not be included in the first phase of the new agreement.
''We had some tough choices on the terriorties to launch the Big Ten Network on the first phase,'' said Mediacom communications director Phyllis Peters. ''Fort Dodge and towns north and west are unfortunately not included.
''We have every intention to extend the plan (down the road).''
Peters couldn't make any guarantees, but the areas are expected to be addressed in the immediate future.
''We don't have definitive dates, but we plan on launching a phase two,'' Peters said. ''We know there are a lot of Hawkeye fans in the Fort Dodge, Manson and Humboldt areas, and we are concerned with their needs.
''At the same time, we hope customers know that it's costly to add sports programs, and doing the phased-in approach helps with the setup cost.''
Peters pointed out that not all Hawkeye games are on the Big Ten Network; ESPN, ESPN2, ABC also carry some. Those stations are provided by Mediacom.
Iowa's first three games, however - including the showdown with Iowa State on Sept. 13 - are slated for the Big Ten Network.
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