SUMMARY OF FRANCHISE RENEWAL TERMS FOR THE CITY OF
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, MINNESOTA
I. PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL ACCESS
?? Within thirty (30) days of the effective date of the renewal franchise, Comcast of
Minnesota, Inc. (“Comcast”) will provide the City of Columbia Heights, Minnesota
(the “City”) with a capital grant in the amount of $194,842.00 that can be used to
purchase new video equipment, for institutional network construction or for other
permitted capital purposes. Comcast will recover this grant, plus 4.5% interest, via a
line item on subscriber bills over the term of the franchise.
?? Comcast will provide all cabling and other electronics, equipment, software and other
materials necessary to transport all public, educational and governmental (“PEG”)
access signals from their origination points at City Hall, the public library and the
high school to the appropriate subscriber network channel (e.g., Channel 15).
?? Comcast will reserve and dedicate four (4) downstream channels on the cable system
for PEG access use. This is the number requested by the City based on current usage
and availability of programming. One of these channels will immediately be loaned
to Comcast for commercial use but can be reclaimed by the City. Two of the
remaining channels will be utilized by the City (for government and library
programming). I.S.D. #13 will retain its channel for educational use. Additional PEG
channels can be procured if the standards set forth in Minn. Stat. § 238.084 are met.
?? Due to lack of demand, the City will not initially have a public access channel or
dedicated studio for use by the community. However, the City can reclaim the
loaned PEG channel for public access use or re-designate one of the other PEG
channels for that purpose. It may also possible for citizens to use the studio at the
high school to produce programming for carriage on any future public access
?? Comcast is responsible for ensuring that PEG channels are at the same or better level
of technical quality and reliability as commercial channels carried on the cable
?? Comcast agrees to waive any right it has to recover from the City or subscribers any
uncollected PEG costs from the current franchise.
?? Comcast will continue to carry regional channel 6 in accordance with state law.