While cable TV is costing more than before due to arcane media service contracts, it should be noted that cable TV costs more than just money. What it takes in the form of passive activity is a drain on the time and attention of people who could better benefit from the learning opportunities online.
The 40-year lease proposed by Wave Broadband may create a bump in the revenue stream from whatever dwindling cable TV subscribers continue with the service, and that may be a way to go, but personally I think just jettisoning cable TV would be the smartest investment not only in terms of dollars reduced in Tacoma Public Utility costs but in the sum gain of community time and attention for the betterment of our futures.
Transform Click Network into a much faster and less costly Internet utility. Don't just prolong the demise of cable TV through subsidy or lease. Do we really need another 40 years of cable TV?