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Public Notice - AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP AND COMCAST OF SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, LLC

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton Township, County of Bucks, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will hold a public hearing on June 26, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Township Administration Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room, 939 Street Road, Southampton, PA 18966 to consider adoption of the following ordinance:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP AND COMCAST OF SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, LLC

The full text of the proposed ordinance may be examined at the office of the Township Manager, 939 Street Road, Southampton, PA 18966. The full text is also available on the Township’s website at www.ustwp.org. The public is invited to attend and provide comment.

ORDINANCE NO. 452

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP AND

COMCAST OF SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, LLC

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission and Pennsylvania law, the Township of Upper Southampton (hereinafter the “Township”) is authorized to grant franchises to construct, operate and maintain a cable system utilizing public rights-of-way and properties within the Township’s jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, Comcast of Southeast Pennsylvania, LLC (“Comcast”) currently holds a cable franchise from the Township most recently granted to Comcast of Southeast Pennsylvania, LLC; and

WHEREAS, Comcast has requested that the Township renew Comcast’s franchise to maintain, construct, operate, and upgrade its Cable System over, under and along the aforesaid rights-of-way for use by the Township’s residents; and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid rights-of-way used by Comcast are public properties acquired and maintained by the Township and held in trust on behalf of citizens of the Township and the right to use said rights-of-way is a valuable property right; and

WHEREAS, the Township desires to protect and manage the aforesaid rights-of-way, require high standards of customer service, ensure future technical improvements to maintain a technologically-advanced cable system, establish certain reporting requirements, obtain certain complimentary services, receive franchise fees for Comcast’s use of the Township’s rights-of-way as provided by federal law, and provide for the current and future cable-related needs of its residents; and

WHEREAS, the Township held a public hearing on the subject of cable franchise renewal, including reviewing the cable operator’s past performance and identifying the Township’s future cable-related community needs; and

WHEREAS, the Township has determined that this Agreement and the process for consideration of this Agreement complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations; and

WHEREAS, the Township, after affording the public notice and opportunity for comment, has determined that the public interest would be served by renewing Comcast’s franchise according to the terms and conditions contained in the cable franchise agreement negotiated between the Township and Comcast; and

WHEREAS, the Township has determined that Comcast has the financial, legal and technical ability to provide cable services to subscribers located in the Township;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that the Township Board of Supervisors does hereby approve the cable franchise agreement negotiated with Comcast, including all of the terms and conditions contained therein, and does hereby authorize the execution of such agreement.

ENACTED AND ORDAINED this 26th day of June, 2018.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP,

BUCKS COUNTY, PA

By:___________________________________

Lola G. Biuckians. Chairman

Attest: ___________________________________

Marguerite C. Genesio, Secretary/Treasurer