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New Business   Item #: C.
Consideration of City Approving Assignment of Chatmoss Franchise Agreement
W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr.
Business Meeting: 10/19/2021
City Staff is seeking approval to consent to the assignment of an existing cable franchise for pole attachment in Pittsylvania County from Chatmoss Cablevision Inc., to Zito Chatmoss LLC.
The City had previously granted a franchise agreement to Chatmoss Cablevision Inc., authorizing them to attach cable equipment to City-owned utility poles located in Pittsylvania County. This franchise was initially approved in 1989 and has been subsequently renewed multiple times. Chatmoss Cablevision Inc., is selling its business to Zito, a cable operator in twenty-two states.
Zito wishes to continue operating cable television services, but needs approval from the City in order to obtain the pole attachment franchise. Zito has agreed to abide by all terms in the existing franchise, pay the City’s current fee schedule related to pole attachment services, and maintain insurance coverage meeting the City’s requirements under the City Code. Danville Utilities does not anticipate any issues from transferring this franchise.
City staff recommends City Council consent to the assignment and approve the attached resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute the assignment request.
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