SB 1087 brings fairness, level playing field, to video services competition
TCA Statement on New Video Franchise Law
The Texas Cable Association thanks Chairmen John Carona and Harvey Hilderbran for their hard work to make video service regulations more fair. As a result of SB 1087, businesses that offer the same services – cable operators, telephone companies and other video providers – will operate on a more level playing field. Texans who subscribe to video services win when there is competition in the marketplace.
Among the provisions of SB 1087:
In cities of less than 215,000 population, cable providers that now operate under municipal franchise agreements will be allowed to terminate those agreements and opt into the State-Issued Certificate of Franchise Authority (SICFA) system starting Sept. 1. Under current law, new market entrants operate under SICFA, but incumbent cable providers are not permitted to transition to SICFA until their existing municipal franchise agreements expire – which, in some instances, is not until 2030.
Franchise fee audits by cities will be limited to four years. This ensures that cities and providers know by a time certain if adjustments in franchise fee payments are needed.
A documentation system will ensure cities are appropriately using the 1 percent Public, Educational and Government Access programming (PEG) fee paid to them by Texas video customers. The fee is intended to be used by cities to support PEG channels, but no system of accountability or transparency exists.
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CommuniComm Joins the Texas Cable Association
We are excited to announce that James Cable, LLC (dba CommuniComm) has joined the Texas Cable Association. CommuniComm provides cable, Internet and telephone services in the cities of Alvord, Bowie, Bridgeport, Bryson, Chico, Decatur, Graford, Huntington, Jacksboro, Lake Bridgeport, Possum Kingdom Lake, Runaway Bay and Springtown.