Comcast Franchise Information
Effective 6/13/09 all broadcast television stations in the US completed
a Federally mandated Digital Transition:
Important Note About the Comcast Franchise Agreement
Regarding the misconception that Comcast is a monopoly in our area, or that cable competition is somehow being blocked to our area:
The BACB has a non-exclusive contract with Comcast, meaning that any other wire-line video content provider (cable or telephone) may do business in our area, provided that they have signed a local franchise agreement with the BACB. AT&T is an additional entrant under PA 480 with Uverse IPTV. Public Act 480 was enacted in 2006 to create a uniform franchising agreement that is to be used between each franchising entity and video provider in the State of Michigan. Click here to visit the Michigan Public Service Commission website.
In addition, WOW is the newest entrant under PA 480 with service in Birmingham and Beverly Hills. Ever since WOW first began providing service, the BACB has encouraged WOW to expand its service to all the communities in our area. WOW has graciously declined stating that they are concentrating on the footprint they currently service. We continue to keep the dialogue open. Our individual communities are responsible for negotiating franchise agreements directly with any new entrants. The BACB will administer as directed by the Interlocal Agreement.
Based upon industry facts and observations, their unstated reasoning may include the following:
Huge start-up capital (technology, labor, marketing) is required to build a video delivery system to all community members.
Geographically, many homes throughout our area are not tightly located together (as may be found in Royal Oak for example). This creates an above-average deployment cost for newcomers to consider.
The Rouge River Watershed cuts a path through our designated area, further increasing the cost to deploy a new telecommunication system.
Wide Open West may be content with investment and refinement of services where they currently operate and receive top rankings in industry publications.