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Charles County, Maryland

Cable Franchise Agreements

Cable Franchise Agreements

Charles County Government has two cable franchise agreements; one with Comcast and one with Verizon.  Cable franchise agreements are legal agreements between a local government and a cable company (franchisee) which provide the franchisee the right to construct, install, maintain and operate a cable system on County Public Rights-of-Way in exchange for the franchisee's promise to provide cable service to residents of the County.  Each cable franchise agreement details specifically in what areas cable service will be provided.

The County is in the process of renegotiating its Comcast cable franchise agreement. As part of the Comcast franchise renewal process, a Needs Assessment Report was developed. This report includes a study of Charles County community needs as well as a technical review of the Comcast cable system. 

    A renegotiated franchise agreement has been developed. Current documents to be presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval:

    A summary of key points related to the renegotiated agreement has been developed.

    According to federal laws, County officials can negotiate specific items in the agreement including system construction, operation and maintenance; Public access, Education and Government (PEG) channels; subscriber service standards; areas to be served; and compensation to the County.  These same laws prevent the County from negotiating other issues such as rates, internet and phone service.