§ 92-7. Construction and Installation.
Procedure. Within 30 days after the acceptance of the franchise, a grantee shall proceed
with due diligence to obtain all necessary permits and authorizations which are required
for construction and installation of the CATV system and the conduct of the grantee's
business, including, but not limited to, any utility joint use attachment agreements,
microwave carrier licenses and any other permits, licenses and authorizations to be
granted by a duly constituted regulatory agency (including registration with the
FCC) having jurisdiction over the construction, installation and operation of a CATV
system or its associated microwave transmission facilities.
No discrimination. In planning and undertaking construction of the cable system, the
grantee shall treat all areas and neighborhoods of the franchise area equally except to the
extent that any physical or geographical circumstances may delay or negate construction
in particular areas. (All requirements for construction and line extension shall be
governed by the density requirements contained in this section.)
Density requirements. The grantee agrees to extend the cable system and to provide cable
service, upon request of the resident, to all occupied dwelling units in the franchise area;
provided, however, that the grantee shall not be required to extend its system or provide
service to any dwelling unit where there are not on the average at least 20 occupied
dwelling units per street mile of cable, or fraction thereof, measured from the dwelling
unit to the point on the cable system from which the necessary extension must be made in
order to provide service to the dwelling unit in question. The 20 homes per mile shall be
measured by the cable mile and not by the linear mile, i.e., for each mile of cable
necessary to provide service to the area, there must be an average of 20 homes per
mile. In addition, the grantee shall not be required to provide cable service to any
dwelling unit where the drop line is 300 feet or more from the nearest feeder line from
which the dwelling unit can be served. However, a customer who is willing to properly
construct or pay for such construction of a line beyond the three-hundred-foot mark to
serve his business or residence shall be connected to an existing feeder line.
The "drop line" is the wire or cable used to connect the individual dwelling unit
to the feeder lines of the cable system located in the right-of-way.
For purposes of this section, "dwelling unit" shall mean occupied units of
residential housing designed for single-family occupancy, including but not
limited to apartments, condominiums, townhouses and single-family houses in
an area not currently served by CATV services. Nothing contained in this
section shall require or prohibit the duplication or overbuilding of CATV
services in an area.
Safety requirements. The grantee shall at all times employ ordinary care and shall install,
maintain and use commonly accepted methods and devices for preventing failures and
accidents which are likely to cause damage, injuries or nuisances to the public. All
structures and all lines, equipment and connections in, over, under and upon the streets,
sidewalks, alleys and public ways or places of the County, wherever situated or located,
shall at all times be kept and maintained in a safe, suitable condition and in good order
and repair. The grantee shall relocate at any time, at no cost to the County, any
component of its system which interferes with a new installation or a modification of an
old installation maintained or installed by the County.