SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE
AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A FRANCHISE TO COMCAST OF MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN, INC. (COMCAST) TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN A CABLE SYSTEM IN THE CITY OF HASTINGS, MINNESOTA SETTING FORTH CONDITIONS ACCOMPANYING THE GRANT OF THE FRANCHISE; PROVIDING FOR REGULATION AND USE OF THE SYSTEM AND THE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY; AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS HEREIN.
On September 18, 2017, the City of Hastings, Minnesota (City) adopted an Ordinance granting a Cable Television Franchise to Comcast. The Ordinance serves two purposes. First, it is intended to provide for and specify the means to attain the best possible cable service for the public by providing requirements for cable with respect to technical standards, customer service obligations, and related matters. Second, it grants a non-exclusive cable franchise to Comcast to operate, construct and maintain a cable system within the City and contains specific requirements for Comcast to do so.
The Ordinance includes the following: 1) imposes on Comcast a franchise fee of five percent (5%) of Comcasts annual gross revenues; 2) establishes a franchise term of ten (10) years; 3) provides a list of public buildings entitled to receive complimentary cable service; 4) requires Comcast to dedicate channel capacity for public, educational and governmental programming and provides capital support of such channels; 5) mandates customer service standards regarding Mediacoms provision of cable services; and 6) requires a performance bond and security fund to enforce Comcasts compliance with the Ordinance.
It is hereby determined that publication of this title and summary will clearly inform the public of the intent and effect of Ordinance No. 2017-06. A copy of the entire Ordinance shall be posted at the Hastings City Hall.
It is hereby directed that only the above title and summary of Ordinance No. 2017-06 be published, conforming to Minn. Stat. §331A.01, with the following:
Persons interested in reviewing a complete copy of the Ordinance may do so at the Hastings City Hall at 101 4th Street East, Hastings, MN 55033 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Mayor ___________________ Councilmember_________ Councilmember_________ Councilmember_________ Councilmember_________
Passed by the Hastings City Council this 18th day of September, 2017.
Paul J. Hicks, Mayor
Julie Flaten, City Clerk