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:HERE
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Re: * Holds Breath Till The Fat Lady Sings *
said byI added the emphasis, though it may only apply only if you revoke the franchise, rather than deny renewal.
James N. Horwood,
Cable Franchise Renewal and Local Right of Way Management,
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.
[text was edited by author 2003-09-18 01:25:13]