City of Beatrice and Charter, Have New Franchise Agreement

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has approved a new non-exclusive agreement for Charter Communications to provide a cable system in the city, using city right-of-way.

The new agreement allows other cable providers to also offer service.  The agreement is for 10 years, and is automatically renewable for five years, unless either the city or company decides to end the agreement.  Under the agreement, the city will earn a franchise fee of 5% of the company’s gross revenue on the local cable system.  City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the company will also help provide an upgrade to video facilities that show local governmental bodies meetings, at the Beatrice School Administration Building board room.

:15                  “produce that signal”

Funding for the cameras was not included in the city’s two-year budget, and that cost is expected to be about $50,000.   Tempelmeyer says the city is examining possible funding sources.

The prior agreement had operated on a month-to-month basis.

:14                  “month to month lease”

Governmental Affairs Director for Charter, Jeremiah Blake says Charter and Time Warner Cable merged the past year, now offering services under the name, Spectrum.

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The company has a total of about 26 million customers in 41 states.

:05                  “since 2014”

The company would continue to provide a public access channel on the local cable system.

City Councilman Bob Morgan, who had asked about whether other cable companies could offer service, reiterated that he has had concerns expressed to him about service during outages.

:11                  “customer service”

Blake urged the city to contact him when such issues arise.  The new franchise agreement was approved on a 6-0 vote.

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