Farmington Hills city council members on Monday approved a franchise agreement that will bring Comcast cable television and data services to the community.
They really didn’t have much choice in the matter. The Uniform Video Service Local Franchise Act, which took effect in 2007, standardized cable agreements, and stripped cities of their ability to negotiate with cable companies or to deny a franchise application. Cities can only return an incomplete application. Once a complete application is received, officials either approve it, or it receives automatic approval after 30 days, city attorney Gary Dovre wrote in a memo.
Kyle Mazurek, Comcast’s Manager of External Affairs, said the company will invest “millions and millions of dollars” to upgrade and add service lines. Growth on the commercial data side is driving the move, which will bring business and residential customers “more competition, more choice”.
“The demand we know is there,” Mazurek told officials. “The initial investment will be on the commercial side, but that will allow us to open up on the residential side.”
The city has existing agreements with AT&T and Bright House Networks.