Cable Television

Citizen Participation after the Franchise

by M. E. Price, Michael Botein


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Discusses the remedies available to community groups and individual citizens to correct deficiencies in the franchising process and franchise administration. When the cable operator applies for his federal certificate of compliance, FCC regulations allow 30 days for interested parties to file objections and petition for changes. This being short notice, groups should ensure that the franchise empowers their access to a certificate application well before it is filed. Community groups also should be prepared to analyze and comment on proposals to seek FCC amendment of the cable television rules or to request special relief. Many cable systems have obtained waivers of various requirements without any comment from the community. Communities should also keep track of proposed new FCC rules that will affect cable operations. (See also R-1133 through R-1144.)

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