SG to consider Cable TV Franchise Agreement extension

By on April 1, 2011

SUGAR GROVE—The village of Sugar Grove will consider an extension to the Franchise Agreement for the provision of cable television service with Mediacom Communications at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.

This meeting will be held in the Board Room of the Municipal Center, 10 S. Municipal Drive. A copy of the proposed franchise agreement is available at the Municipal Center and is also available on the village website at www.sugar-grove.il.us/20110405MCDraft.pdf. Comments will be accepted.

It should be noted that this agreement pertains only to the provision of cable television service. Due to state, federal and FCC rules and regulations, the village cannot regulate any other services (phone and internet), programming, or tiers of service offered by Mediacom Communications.

The village often receives calls regarding the franchise agreement as it pertains to maintenance, service provision and customer service, as well as if it excludes other cable television service providers from operating within the village. The following attempts to briefly address those issues.

The agreement is non-exclusive, which means that any company that would like to provide cable television service in Sugar Grove shall be granted a franchise under substantially similar terms and conditions as the Mediacom’s Franchise Agreement. Simply put, the franchise agreement allows anyone to service Sugar Grove. Additionally, the village does not discourage nor has turned away another provider.

The Franchise Agreement, in short, gives a non-exclusive right and privilege to Mediacom to construct, erect, install, maintain or operate in, upon, along, across, over, and in the rights-of-way in the village, as necessary for the maintenance, repair and operation of a cable system. The agreement also refers to how service should be provided (as allowed by the FCC); outages and customer service should be handled, and requires that permits be obtained for new construction in right-of-ways.

Comments can be submitted by any of the following means:
• In person at the April 5, 2011 meeting
• Faxed to (630) 466-4521
• Via regular mail to: Village of Sugar Grove, Attn: Finance, 10 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554
• Fill out an online form at www.sugar-grove.il.us/Dept_Fin/MCForm.html.

For additional information please contact Finance Director Justin VanVooren at (630) 466-4507, ext. 12, or jvanvooren@sugar-grove.il.us.