SHENANDOAH - Service Electric Cablevision (SECV) Inc. has purchased Shen-Heights TV Associates Inc. in Shenandoah, one of the oldest television cable systems in the country.

Shen-Heights President Martin F. Brophy was not available for comment, but he has contacted by letter Borough of Shenandoah and West Mahanoy Township officials requesting the transfer and assignment of the respective franchise agreements with both municipalities to Service Electric.

According to the Shen-Heights website, the company is family owned and operated since Sept. 24, 1951.

SECV, founded in Mahanoy City, is considered the first cable television company in the United States. According to its website, the company incorporated in early 1991 and is one of several successor corporations to a community antenna television (now called cable television) business started by John and Margaret Walson in 1948.

Today, Service Electric Television is a private, family owned cable business servicing more than 250,000 subscribers in approximately 250 communities in central and northeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey. On an industry-wide basis, Service Electric Television ranks as the 16th largest Multiple System Operator (MSO). SECV, an affiliate company of Service Electric Television, serves more than 100,000 subscribers and 100 Pennsylvania communities in three operating regions, including Bloomsburg, Danville and Sunbury.