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 CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 16A


Meeting Date: February 25, 2003

Subject/Title: Amendment of Procedures for Informal Negotiation of Cable Television Franchise Renewal from March 1, 2003 to April 1, 2003.

Submitted By: Dennis Beougher, City Attorney
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RECOMMENDATION
Approve a resolution amending the “Renewal Negotiation Process Terms” to extend the tolling of the time requirements for “formal” renewal proceedings under Section 626 of the Cable Act from March 1, 2003 to April 1, 2003. Also approve an extension of the deadline for response to the City’s Request for Proposal dated September 4, 2002, from March 20, 2003 to April 22, 2003.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On November 26, 2003, City Council adopted “Renewal Negotiation Process Terms” for undertaking informal negotiation of the renewal of the cable television franchise formerly held by AT&T Broadband and now held by Comcast of California IV, Inc. (“Comcast”). Those terms included the tolling of the time requirements for “formal” renewal proceedings under Section 626 of the Cable Act to March 1, 2003. They also included the extension of the deadline for Comcast to respond to the City’s Request for Proposal dated September 4, 2002, to March 20, if informal negotiations had not resulted in an agreement by March 1, 2003.

BACKGROUND
The Telecommunications Committee of the City Council has conducted informal negotiations with representatives of Comcast pursuant to the “Renewal Negotiation Process Terms.” Based on the progress made in those negotiations, reported to Staff by the City’s Telecommunications Consultant, David Kinley, Staff recommends that the deadline for completion of an informal franchise renewal agreement be extended from March 1, 2003 to April 1, 2003. Likewise, Staff recommends that the companion date for Comcast’s response to the City’s Request for Proposal dated September 4, 2002, be extended from March 20, 2003 to April 22, 2003.

FISCAL IMPACT
None.

Attachment:
Resolution

RESOLUTION NO. 


A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL AMENDING PROCEDURES FOR INFORMAL NEGOTIATION OF CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE RENEWAL FROM MARCH 1, 2003 TO APRIL 1, 2003.

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood has tolled the time deadlines for the formal renewal process regarding the cable television franchise now held by Comcast of California IV, Inc.(“Comcast”); and 

WHEREAS, during informal negotiations with Comcast, the City’s Telecommunications Committee has made significant progress toward a possible renewal agreement; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council hereby extends the date for tolling the timeframes of the formal renewal process and completion of a renewal agreement with Comcast from March 1, 2003 to April 1, 2003. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the deadline for response by Comcast to the City’s Request for Proposal dated September 4, 2002, is hereby extended from March 20, 2003 to April 22, 2003.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 25th day of February 2003, by the following vote:


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