Oct 22, 2009

Legislation Proposed for Maintenance of Cable Equipment

Please see this note from our county council woman, Jen Terrasa.
Good afternoon,
I am pleased to announce legislation that I believe will address concerns that many of you have raised about your experience with some of our local cable companies. The concerns we have heard include a lack of responsiveness generally, and the inability to get some companies to repair and maintain their property in a responsive and timely manner.

Council Bill 60-2009 would require companies which operate cable franchises in Howard County to maintain their equipment in a way that causes minimal interference with property owners. It would require companies to ensure that cabinets are properly secured and bolted and that temporary lines be buried within 15 days of installation. If a cable company needs an extension, it would have to notify in writing the impacted home or business owner if an extension is requested. One crucial part of this legislation is it allows the Cable Administrator to impose civil penalties for violations of the Howard County Cable Television Systems Franchise Act.

Council Bill 60-2009 will be formally introduced on Monday, November 2, 2009. To view the bill, please click on this link, http://www.co.ho.md.us/CountyCouncil/CCdocs/CB60-2009.pdf. The public hearing for this legislation will take place on Monday, November 16, 2009, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042. If you wish to testify in person before the Council on this bill, you may use the electronic sign-up as of November 3, 2009. Please visit the Council’s home webpage at http://www.co.ho.md.us/CountyCouncil/CC_HomePage.htm and click on “Testify” button to the left.

As a reminder for those of you who can’t join us in person, the sessions will be televised on GTv. In addition, you can watch the sessions live or at your convenience online at http://www.co.ho.md.us/CountyCouncil/CC_Watch_The_Council.htm.

Written comments are also welcome as always. You can send your comments to me at jterrasa@howardcountymd.gov or to the entire Council at councilmail@howardcountymd.gov. You can also reach me or my assistant, Mary Clay, at (410) 313-2001. As always, I look forward to your comments as we move forward on this legislation.

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All the best,
Jennifer Terrasa
Vice Chairperson
Howard County Council, District 3
Phone: 410.313.2001
Email: jterrasa@howardcountymd.gov

The blog author has added this photo to give you an idea of what we are talking about here.

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