City to Renew Cable Franchise Agreement
(Gillette, Wyo.) For the next month, residents can provide their thoughts on a franchise agreement, currently in the renewal process, between Charter Spectrum and the City of Gillette.
However, the city is not actually looking for direction from its residents and is only seeking public comment as part of the regulatory process, according to City Spokesperson Geno Palazzari.
The Cable Television Franchise agreement only comes up for renewal once every 10 years and is given to whatever cable company happens to own the system currently in place.
Over the years, the city has utilized a number of cable service providers like Bresnen Communications and Cable Vision.
This time, however, the system is currently owned by Charter Spectrum.
Palazzari said that the reason the franchise agreement works in this fashion is explained by how the system operates. The system uses the city’s maintained rights-of-way to provide internet and cable service to Gillette residents.
Rights-of-way are areas where the majority of city utilities–such as water, sewer, phone, fiber, and cable–are located, according to Palazzari.
The city grants companies permission to use those areas.
While Charter also provides phone and internet service to its customers, they are both regulated differently than cable. As such, the franchise agreement renewal process currently on the table only deals with cable.
The public comment is also only for cable services.
Comments will be accepted until April 13, 2018.