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Title VI COUNTY, TOWNSHIP AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISION GOVERNMENT

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  67.2703.  Designation of noncommercial channels authorized, when — PEG channels, requirements. — 1.  A franchise entity may require a video service provider providing video service in such franchise entity to designate up to three channels for noncommercial public, educational, or governmental "PEG" use if such franchise entity has a population of at least fifty thousand, and up to two PEG channels if such franchise entity has a population of less than fifty thousand; provided, however, that a PEG channel that is shared among multiple political subdivisions served by a common headend on the effective date may continue to be shared among those political subdivisions served by that headend.  Such limits shall constitute the total number of PEG channels that may be designated on all video service networks that share a common headend, regardless of the number of franchise entities or other political subdivisions served by such headend.  The video service provider may provide such channels on any service tier that is purchased by more than fifty percent of its customers.  All video service providers serving a political subdivision shall be required to provide the same number of PEG access channels as the incumbent video service provider existing on the date of enactment of sections 67.2675 to 67.2714.

  2.  Notwithstanding any franchise or ordinance granted by a franchise entity prior to the date of enactment of sections 67.2675 to 67.2714, this section, rather than the franchise or ordinance, shall apply to the designation of PEG access channels by an incumbent cable operator operating under such franchise or ordinance; provided, however, that if such franchise or ordinance requires more PEG access channels than the applicable limit specified in subsection 1 of this section, the requirement in the franchise or ordinance shall apply in lieu of such limit; provided further, that the incumbent cable operator may nonetheless be required to activate additional PEG channel or channels, up to such limit, to the extent the political subdivision certifies that such additional channel or channels will be substantially utilized, as defined in subsection 4 of this section.

  3.  Any PEG channel designated pursuant to this section that is not substantially utilized, as defined in subsection 4 of this section, by the franchise entity shall no longer be made available to the franchise entity, but may be programmed at the video service provider's discretion.  At such time as the governing body of a franchising entity makes a finding and certifies that a channel that has been reclaimed by a video service provider under this subsection will be substantially utilized, the video service provider shall restore the reclaimed channel within one hundred * twenty days, but shall be under no obligation to carry that channel on any specific tier.

  4.  For purposes of this section, a PEG channel shall be considered "substantially utilized" when forty hours per week are locally programmed on that channel for at least three consecutive months.  In determining whether a PEG channel is substantially utilized, a program may be counted not more than four times during a calendar week.

  5.  Except as provided in this section, a franchise entity or political subdivision may not require a video service provider to provide any funds, services, programming, facilities, or equipment related to public, educational, or governmental use of channel capacity.  The operation of any PEG access channel provided pursuant to this section and the production of any programming that appears on each such channel shall be the sole responsibility of the franchise entity or its duly appointed agent receiving the benefit of such channel, and the video service provider shall bear only the responsibility for the transmission of the programming on each such channel to subscribers.

  6.  The franchise entity must ensure that all transmissions of content and programming provided by or arranged by it to be transmitted over a PEG channel by a video service provider are delivered and submitted to the video service provider in a manner or form that is capable of being accepted and transmitted by such video service provider holder over its network without further alteration or change in the content or transmission signal, and which is compatible with the technology or protocol utilized by the video service provider to deliver its video services.

  7.  The franchise entity shall make the programming of any PEG access channel available to all video service providers in such franchise entity in a nondiscriminatory manner.  Each video service provider shall be responsible for providing the connectivity to the franchise entity's or its duly appointed agent's PEG access channel distribution points existing as of effective date of enactment of sections 67.2675 to 67.2714.  Where technically necessary and feasible, video service providers in the same franchise entity shall use reasonable efforts and shall negotiate in good faith to interconnect their video service networks on mutually acceptable rates, terms, and conditions for the purpose of transmitting PEG programming within such franchise entity.  A video service provider shall have no obligation to provide such interconnection to a new video service provider at more than one point per headend, regardless of the number of franchise entities or other political subdivisions served by such headend.  The video service provider requesting interconnection shall be responsible for any costs associated with such interconnection, including signal transmission from the origination point to the point of interconnection.  Interconnection may be accomplished by direct cable microwave link, satellite, or other reasonable method of connection acceptable to the person providing the interconnect.

  8.  (1)  The obligation of an incumbent cable operator to provide monetary and other support for PEG access facilities contained in a franchise existing on August 28, 2007, shall continue until the term of the franchise would have expired if it had not been terminated pursuant to sections 67.2675 to 67.2714 or until January 1, 2012, whichever is earlier.

  (2)  Each video service provider providing video service in a political subdivision shall have the same obligation to support PEG access facilities as the incumbent cable operator with the most subscribers in such political subdivision as of the date of enactment of sections 67.2675 to 67.2714.  To the extent such incumbent cable operator provides such support in the form of a percentage of gross revenue or a per-subscriber fee, any other video service provider shall pay the same percentage of gross revenue or per-subscriber fee as the incumbent cable operator.  To the extent the incumbent cable operator provides such support in the form of a lump sum payment without an offset to its gross receipts fee, any other video service provider shall be responsible for a pro rata share of such payment made by the incumbent cable operator after the date on which the other video service provider commences service in a particular political subdivision, based on its proportion of video service customers in such political subdivision.  To the extent the incumbent cable operator provides such support on an in-kind basis after the date on which the other video service provider commences service in a particular political subdivision, any other video service provider shall pay the political subdivision a sum equal to the pro rata amount of the fair market value of such support based on its proportion of video service customers in such political subdivision.

  (3)  For purposes of this section, the proportion of video service customers of a video service provider shall be determined based on the relative number of subscribers as of the end of the prior calendar year as reported by all incumbent cable operators and holders of video service authorizations.  A franchising entity acting under this subsection shall notify a video service provider of the amount of such fee on an annual basis, beginning one year after issuance of the video service authorization.

  9.  Neither the public service commission nor any political subdivision may require a video service provider to provide any institutional network or equivalent capacity on its video service network.  The obligation of an incumbent cable operator to provide such network or capacity contained in a franchise existing on August 28, 2007, shall continue until the term of the franchise would have expired had it not been terminated pursuant to sections 67.2676** to 67.2714, or until January 1, 2009, whichever is earlier, and shall be limited to providing the network as is on August 28, 2007.

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(L. 2007 S.B. 284)

*Word "and" appears in original rolls.

**Section 67.2676 does not exist.


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