For Immediate Release
September 20, 2017

For further information contact:
Jeffrey D. Stoke - (804) 722-8600
e-mail: jstoke@princegeorgecountyva.gov


Prince George County offers Comcast Television Franchise Renewal Survey

Prince George, VA – Under federal and state law the County of Prince George, Virginia, is authorized to grant franchises to cable television companies to operate a cable television network within the boundaries of the County. The County of Prince George has a cable television franchise agreement with Comcast. The existing franchise agreement Comcast has with the County has been in effect since February 7, 1995 and will expire on February 6, 2020. At the present time, the only known cable company that has a television franchise in the County of Prince George, VA is Comcast.

Under federal regulations, as part of franchise renewal formal process, the County is encouraged seek input as to the needs of the community for cable television service. To that end, the County of Prince George, VA is seeking your opinion regarding your present cable television service provider during the ascertainment phase of the formal process.

The County may NOT require cable television operators to deploy broadband service in unserved or underserved areas of the County. Cable television franchises may pertain only to cable-related services and facilities. (FCC 06-180)

Please take a moment to complete the survey so that the County can better understand the needs of the community as we consider renewing Comcast’s cable television franchise. The deadline to submit a survey response is October 20, 2017. Please follow this link for survey access:
http://www.princegeorgecountyva.gov/residents/comcast_television_franchise_renewal_survey.php

If you have questions about how the federal rules for cable providers and franchising system works, more information is available at the Federal Communications Commission Web site at https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/cable-television or you can call 1-888-225-5322.

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