Virginia Beach Seeks Citizen Input on the Future of Cable Television Services in Our Community

Friday, May 16, 2014

Virginia Beach citizens have the opportunity to tell the city and Cox Communications what types of cable television-related services they need or want in their community in the coming years.

The city of Virginia Beach has begun the process of renewing its cable television franchise with Cox Communications. The cable television franchise is an agreement between the city and Cox whereby Cox is permitted to use city rights-of-way and easements (our streets and other public property) to construct, maintain and operate a cable system. As part of the agreement, the city can negotiate certain conditions of the franchise on behalf of the citizens. For example, in the current franchise with Cox (valid May 2006 - May 2016), the city negotiated for cable drops in all public buildings, including schools.

As part of the renewal process, the city will be identifying cable television-related needs and interests of its citizens for the term of the renewed cable television franchise. The Cable TV Community Needs Assessment Survey is one of the ways through which the city will identify those needs. Citizen input will be an important factor in the forthcoming negotiations with Cox Communications, and those who live or work in Virginia Beach are encouraged to participate in the renewal process by taking a few minutes to complete the survey.

To take the survey, go to www.VBgov.com/CableFranchise and click on the survey link. A copy of the current Cox Cable Television Franchise can also be found on the web page.

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