Comcast Franchise Renewal

The 2022 renewal for Nashua's cable franchise with Comcast has begun.

The City of Nashua is reviewing the existing franchise agreement with Comcast.  The new agreement is due for renewal.

What is a Cable Franchise Agreement?

Under federal law, Comcast must have a franchise agreement with the City of Nashua (known in the document as a “local franchising authority”) to operate its cable system. Franchise agreements allow companies to operate a cable system in the public rights-of-way in return for certain benefits to the City. Under the agreement, the city is allowed to operate an agreed upon number of access channels as a public service. However, the city may not set Cable TV rates or impose channel requirements.. (FCC47.USC521, Sec 601)

What is a Franchise Fee?

The cable television franchise fee is an annual fee charged by the City of Nashua to Comcast as compensation for using public property the city owns as right-of-way for its cable. The franchise fee is set during negotiations of the franchise agreement, and the agreement lasts for a set number of years decided at the time of negotiations. Franchise fees are governed under section 622 of the 1984 Cable Communications Act. The City currently receives 4% of Comcast’s gross cable television revenue that comes from the operation of the cable television services, including the above mentioned Public, Education, and Government access channels. These channels are referred to by the acronym PEG.

It is important to understand that the Franchise Agreement only covers cable television services and facilities (FCC47.USC544, Sec 624). When the Cable act was written in 1984, the internet didn’t exist. And when it was updated in 1992, and 1996 the internet was still in it’s infancy.
 
What is your Opinion?
 
Under federal regulations, as part of franchise renewal formal process, the City is encouraged to seek input as to the needs of the community for cable television service. To that end, the the City developed a survey this past June to seek input from the community.


Please find the results of the survey:  20210614 - Comcast Franchise Renewal Survey.pdf

The City will be holding a public hearing on September 9th, 2021 at 6 pm. The hearing will be held in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall, 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH. All are invited to attend. Comments may also be submitted via  email. 
 
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.
 
Thank you for taking the time to provide the City of Nashua with your views about this important matter.

Members of the Comcast Franchise Renewal Committee

  • Andrew Cernota               Chairman,   Cable Television Advisory Board         
  • Cheryl Lindner                   Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office
  • Steve Bolton                      Corporation Counsel
  • Ernest Jette                        Alderman – Ward Five
  • Kim Kleiner                         Director of Administrative Services Division
  • Jeff Poehnert                    PEG Program Manager
  • Peter Johnson                   EChannel Access Administrator
  • Nick Miseirvitch                Deputy Director Information Technology
  • Cole Morgan                      Nashua Resident, Member of the Cable Television Advisory Board

Cable Television Advisory Board

Agendas & Meeting Minutes

Start the Survey:
[Survey ended June 13, 2021]