FCC Report on Franchise Fees

August 23rd, 2019

Summary of the FCC’s Recent Third Report and Order Regarding Cable Franchise In-Kind Benefits August 8, 2019

On August 1, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), in a 3-2 vote, approved its Third Report and Order, formally titled “In the Matter of Implementation of Section 621(a)(1) of the Cable Communications Policy Act” (“Order”).

This Order
will have a significant impact on our clients with respect to their cable franchise benefits and obligations. The Order is the result of a notice and comment proceeding in which numerous local governments, national municipal organizations, cable operators, and cable industry associations participated. Our law firm submitted comments on behalf of several clients. The following is a brief summary of the salient issues in the 85-page Order.

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