This week the City Council is heavily focused on getting the 2016 budget done. With few exceptions, everything else has been cancelled.
This afternoon, the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee held a meeting, the entire purpose of which was to provide a forum for public comments on the renewal of Comcast’s franchise agreement with the City of Seattle to provide cable services. And comments they surely received.
On Thursday at 2:00pm, the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee will consider renewal of its franchise agreement with Comcast. A summary of the terms of the renewal is here. The full franchise agreement is here. The franchise agreement allows Comcast to offer “cable services” within the city limits, which for the purposes of this agreement just includes their video content (not Internet access). That doesn’t mean Comcast is planning to stop offering Internet; it just means that internet access is covered in a separate franchise agreement.