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File #: 23-0433    Name: Comcast Undergrounding
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/20/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 11/9/2022 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to amend and reordain Section 9-3-117 (CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS) Subsection (p) of Article I (CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF CABLE SYSTEM) of Chapter 1 (ALEXANDRIA CABLE COMMUNICATIONS CODE) of Title 9 (LICENSING AND REGULATION) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended.
Attachments: 1. 23-0433_Att 1 - Ordinance Cover, 2. 23_0433_Att 2 - Ordinance
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: NOVEMBER 2, 2022

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: KENDEL TAYLOR, INTERIM DEPUTY CITY MANAGER
VANETTA PLEDGER, CHIEF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

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Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to amend and reordain Section 9-3-117 (CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS) Subsection (p) of Article I (CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF CABLE SYSTEM) of Chapter 1 (ALEXANDRIA CABLE COMMUNICATIONS CODE) of Title 9 (LICENSING AND REGULATION) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended.
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ISSUE: Consideration of an amendment to Title 9 Chapter 3 Article I Section 9-3-117(p) of the Code of the City of Alexandria to bring it into compliance with State law and the City's undergrounding ordinance that prohibit the City from imposing requirements on other occupants of the public rights-of-ways that are greater than those imposed on Comcast.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1. Introduce and pass on first reading the proposed amendment to Section 9-3-117(p) of the City Code (Attachment 2); and

2. Schedule the ordinance for second reading, public hearing, and final passage on Saturday, November 12, 2022.

BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION: The Code of Virginia prohibits the City from imposing requirements on any telecommunications provider that are greater than those imposed on other telecommunications providers, cable operators and providers of electric, natural gas, water and sanitary sewer services. Comcast, the City's sole cable television provider completed construction of its cable television system and facilities in the City in the 1990s. The City's Cable Act allows Comcast to install new facilities overhead if existing telecommunications providers and el...

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