Boston Cable Franchise Renewal Hearing
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For Immediate Release
August 24, 2007
Released By:
Mayor's Office
For More Information Contact:
Mayor's Cable Office

5:30 -- 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, 2007

Boston Police Headquarters Media Room, Schroeder Plaza

The City of Boston Office of Cable Communications has scheduled a cable television franchise renewal hearing to be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, 2007 in the Boston Police Headquarters Media Room, Schroeder Plaza, at the intersection of Columbus and Ruggles Streets, Roxbury.

The City of Boston Issuing Authority for cable franchises, Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston, seeks to obtain public comment on the Renewal of License of Comcast Corp. for the Comcast-Boston Cable System. In reviewing a license for renewal, the issuing authority shall consider the licensee's management & technical expertise, financial capability, and legal ability to operate a cable system. Specifically, the Issuing Authority considers whether the cable operator has substantially complied with the material terms of the existing franchise and with applicable law; the quality of the cable operator's service, including signal quality, and response to consumer complaints.

Comcast Corp. of Mass. is the incumbent provider of the city's existing cable franchise since July 17, 2002, when Transfer and Amendment of the License was accepted from AT&T Corp. which had been approved on Oct. 5, 2000 for transferred ownership of the Cablevision Renewal License of May 11, 1998, which renewed for 10 years the initial Cablevision franchise of Dec. 15, 1982.

The Mass. CMR 207 2.00, Notice of Public Hearings, states that any applications, reports, statements and amendments to be considered at the hearing that constitute public records under state law are available for public inspection during regular business hours at 28 Travis St., Boston, Mass., and for reproduction at a reasonable fee.

MGL Ch. 166A, S 13, states that renewal of licenses issued may be renewed after hearing by the issuing authority for additional periods each not to exceed ten years. An application for renewal shall be on forms to be prescribed by the Mass. Div. of Telecommunications and Cable and shall set forth such facts as the division may prescribe as to the citizenship and character of the applicant for renewal, and its financial, technical, and other qualifications to operate the system, and complete information as to its principals and ultimate beneficial owners, including in the case of corporations, all stockholders both nominal and beneficial owning one per cent or more of the issued and outstanding stock, and in the case of unincorporated associations, all members and ultimate beneficial owners however designated, in order that the applicant for renewal shall make full disclosure as to its true ownership and as to the source of funds to be used for operation of the system.

Information regarding the cable license transfer filing and the transfer process is available at the Boston Cable Office, 43 Hawkins Street, Boston, MA 02114 & posted on the Internet at: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cable

Public testimony on cable television services is strongly encouraged. Written comments can be addressed to Mike Lynch, Mayor's Cable Office, 43 Hawkins Street, Boston MA 02114 or E-mail: cable@cityofboston.gov. For further inquiry, please call the Mayor's Cable Office at 617 635-3112.
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