City council to hear from Atlantic Broadband about new cable franchise 

Monitor staff
Published: 9/19/2021 7:00:34 PM

A new cable company might be coming to Concord. Concord residents and councilors will hear from Atlantic Broadband on Monday at 5:30p.m. on how the cable provider would deliver services to the city. 

Atlantic Broadband recently approached the city government about getting a cable franchise license, challenging long-time sole cable franchisee Comcast. 

This public hearing is the the first step under state law in determining whether Concord will grant the company the franchise. At the hearing, the city will weigh whether Atlantic can provide “reasonable service quality in terms of available technology, subscriber interest, and cost,” and whether the company has “reasonable rules and policies for line extensions and disconnects, customer deposits, and billing practices,” among other considerations.

Concord residents will also be able to submit testimony to the city for two weeks after the meeting.

After that, the City Council can vote to authorize City Manager Tom Aspell to enter into negotiations to create a franchise agreement.

Even if Atlantic obtains a franchise, that doesn’t mean Comcast is out, since the cable franchise is not exclusive.

Concord’s cable TV franchise with Comcast earned the city $841,396 in revenue during fiscal year 2020. Those fees, which depend on the number of subscribers in the city, help pay for Concord TV, which runs a non-profit community access channel.


Cassidy Jensen bio photo

Cassidy Jensen has been a reporter at the Monitor, covering the city of Concord and criminal justice, since July 2021. Previously, she was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University, where she earned a master's degree. Her work has been published in Documented, THE CITY, Washington City Paper and Street Sense Media. When she's not at City Council meetings, you can find her hiking in the White Mountains.



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