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Let the GAMES Begin!! (Game of Chicken that is..)
by jasqid 12:09PM Wednesday Sep 17 2003
As reported earlier this same small town (Columbiana OH) put's on their poker face and takes it to em! Their biggest concern, and most of the reports by the customers, is they are all unhappy with paying "extra" for internet only service.

The sad thing is, both sides are willing to start throwing money (our money)into the court arena to fight.

Check the article at the end of this link:
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jasqid
Fiber In Your Diet?

join:2002-04-02
East Palestine, OH

Sorry peeps...

The link above doesnt seem to work. I got a good one below. Sorry.

Article HERE

JTRockville
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Rockville, MD

* Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

said by
GERALD BENSON, Journal Staff Writer, 9/17/03
Columbiana squawking about cable service, contract not renewed:

Council voted by a 5-0 margin not to renew its contract with cable television provider Comcast, which currently is the city’s franchise provider.

The decision not to stay with Comcast isn’t a final one. It sets up an administrative hearing between council and Comcast, one that involves witness testimony, depositions and discovery. It also could involve a lot of money on both sides.
Does anyone know if the public can speak at these hearings?

mbernste
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Piscataway, NJ

Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

said by JTRockville:
Does anyone know if the public can speak at these hearings?
Planning another road trip just like you did to Woodbridge?
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JTRockville
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Rockville, MD

Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

Wow, what a great idea.

I'd sure like to meet the group of folks who unanimously voted to deny a franchise renewal.

mbernste
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Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

said by JTRockville:
Wow, what a great idea.

I'd sure like to meet the group of folks who unanimously voted to deny a franchise renewal.
Of course, Woodbridge is going to probably approve the contract, but I think Pete Leyden and his group would have a freaking heart attack if Woodbridge denied them, considering one of CN8's main production studios is here and my town is mentioned in virtually every franchise agreement Comcast has in the state.

One could dream...
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jasqid
Fiber In Your Diet?

join:2002-04-02
East Palestine, OH

SO what would happen if the boot holds up? All the customers will loose service until another provider moves in? The city takes over?

I've never looked that far ahead in the tunnel... anyone got a light?
[text was edited by author 2003-09-18 07:23:56]

JTRockville
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Rockville, MD

Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

My understanding is...

The authority can take the system, and run it themselves.

I'll see if I can dig up some links to back that up.

JTRockville
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Rockville, MD

Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

said by
James N. Horwood,
Cable Franchise Renewal and Local Right of Way Management,
FindLaw:

F. Relationship of Renewal Procedures to Revocation Proceedings.

In certain circumstances, it may be appropriate for a city to consider revoking an existing franchise rather than to even consider the terms of its renewal. Section 626(i), 47 U.S.C. §546(i), was added by the 1992 Cable Act to state explicitly that the initiation of renewal proceedings by a cable operator shall not negate "any lawful action to revoke a cable operator's franchise for cause." Where a cable operator has failed to provide adequate service or comply with the terms of its franchise, for example, a city might find it necessary to revoke such franchise before its expiration and operate the system itself or solicit another franchisee. There is relatively little experience with such proceedings, with federal law providing little guidance regarding the circumstances in which a franchising authority can revoke a franchise. Before taking such a drastic step, therefore, a municipality needs to consider the legal and fiscal implications. Where a city intends to institute eminent domain proceedings — even with the intent of thereafter divesting itself of the cable system to a new operator — an economic analysis should first be undertaken. A municipality may revoke, for cause, a franchise and then have the former cable operator begin negotiations for new terms, either as a monopoly or simultaneously with other, competing providers.
I added the emphasis, though it may only apply only if you revoke the franchise, rather than deny renewal.

[text was edited by author 2003-09-18 01:25:13]
Rucinski1

join:2001-07-31
Detroit, MI

Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

Apparently Comcast complained to the mayor.

Pity because the fellow actually knew what he was talking about!

Copyright The Detroit News
Friday, September 19, 2003
Mayoral purge ousts cable panel director

Firing part of broader reorganization within Kilpatrick administration
By Darci McConnell / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- The head of the Cable Communications Commission is the latest person to lose a job in a series of shifts in the Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick administration.

Kamal Amen-Ra was fired Tuesday by the commission at its regular monthly meeting. The seven-member panel monitors cable franchises and represents Detroit in negotiations with those companies.

<snip for fair use>

»www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0309/···5563.htm

JTRockville
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Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *

Hmmm... very interesting...

But that was in Detroit. This news story is about Columbiana OH.

* wonders if heads are going to roll in Columbiana OH *

mikedz4

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good luck. I hope your city decides not to renew the contract with comcast and tells them to either do as the city wants or take a hike. I hope you can get someone who gives a rats ass (like adelphia,cox,time warner,rcn,cablevision,wow....) in there and they see how much of a lucrative market our valley is and decides to overbuild the whole valley.