With the approval of the City of Durham on September 22, all fifteen MACC member jurisdictions approved a renewed ten-year Comcast cable television franchise. The previous week, Lake Oswego’s City Council provided the final approval for the CenturyLink cable franchise. The CenturyLink franchise will expire in five years, unless the company expands its services beyond their initial plans.
The two franchises have generally similar requirements – and comparable to the Frontier cable television franchise granted in 2007. The three franchises administered by MACC provide a consolidated structure for all member jurisdictions. Improved and standardized customer service requirements will apply to all cable customers in the area. All MACC area cable television companies will have the same customer service requirements, ensuring a competitive environment.
Competition has long been a goal of MACC. In 2005, MACC encouraged Verizon to build a fiber optic system and provide cable television. That service was launched in 2007, bringing the first wireline cable competition to the Pacific Northwest.
Other significant features of the new franchises include the addition of High Definition channels to the TVCTV line up. Comcast customers will see one new channel will launch early in 2016, with additional channels over the next four years to come. CenturyLink is launching an all-HD TVCTV lineup. Viewers will also have access to TVCTV’s Creative Services programming in the CenturyLink area via Video-on-Demand –coming next Summer.
All TVCTV programming will be produced in HD within the year. In addition, the franchises provide the resources to finish the HD upgrades to our eight Civic Studios and ensure their viability through 2025.
A comparison of the new franchises is available here
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