MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES PUBLIC FORUMS ON CABLE FRANCHISE RENEWAL PROCESS

Philadelphia, April 16, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that as part of the City of Philadelphia’s negotiation process with Comcast Corporation to renew its franchise agreement, the City will host several public forums next week to continue its efforts to assess the community’s cable-related needs and interests.

 

“Public feedback from Comcast subscribers and residents is critical to the process as we continue to negotiate the renewal of the franchise agreement,” said Mayor Nutter.  “We have been asking for input from the public for more than two years, and the City issued a Community Needs Assessment Report last week based upon what we’ve received so far, but the completion and release of the report does not conclude the City’s efforts to gather as much feedback as it can from citizen’s about their needs, interests and perspectives related to cable service in the city.  We will continue to solicit opinions from the public as we negotiate a deal which will serve Philadelphians for the next fifteen years.”

 

On April 9th, the City released a 571-page report on community needs and a technical review of the Comcast cable television system as part of a franchise renewal process involving the City’s four franchise areas. The 15-year cable television franchise agreement, which expires later this year, authorizes Comcast, the current franchise holder, to use public “rights-of-way” for an agreed term of years to operate its cable system and deliver cable service.

 

While endorsing the detailed set of recommendations in the report as part of the City’s on-going negotiations with Comcast, Mayor Nutter said the City is also seeking a range of additional improvements in the next franchise agreement, and he announced a significant new level of franchise oversight as part of the current and future agreements.

 

The details for the meetings follow:

 

Tuesday, April 28:            12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at PCI Library, 1905 Locust Street

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 South Broad Street

 

Wednesday, April 29:    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at MaST Charter School, 1800 East Byberry Road

 

Thursday, April 30:          12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Community Center at Visitation, 2646 Kensington Avenue

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue

 

Saturday, May 2:              12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Bibleway Baptist Church, 1323 North 52nd Street

 

In addition to attending one of the City’s scheduled public meetings, citizens can also provide feedback to the City at:

Email: CitizenFeedback@phila.gov

Voicemail: Call 215-686-8125 to leave a message.

Mail:     Cable Franchise Authority

Attn: Cable Television Administrator

City Hall, Room 702

Philadelphia, PA 19107

 

Citizens can access the needs assessment report at http://www.phila.gov/cablefranchises, or, by visiting www.phila.gov and following the link for the Community Needs Assessment Report.

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