According to this news alert from CAN TV, last week Alderman John Pope of the 10th ward took the lead in securing the support of 46 Alderman for a letter to Comcast, telling it that they will oppose any franchise renewal that does not meet CAN TV’s needs. The letter also pressed Comcast to expediently finalize the negotiations and provide public benefits that “meet or exceed” the terms of RCN’s franchise renewal, passed by the City Council in 2012.
A full text of the letter has been provided by CAN TV and can be found here.
Needless to say, this is VERY good news! We are glad to know that so many Aldermen have recognized the value of CAN TV and stand behind this important community institution.
CMA members will be watching this process closely over the next month or two in anticipation of it being brought to a positive conclusion that serves the public interest.