(A) Fran­chise Required.  No per­son shall pro­vide Cable Ser­vice with­in the Fran­chise Area with­out a Fran­chise Agreement.

(B) Grant­i­ng of Fran­chise.  The Board may grant one or more non-exclu­­sive Fran­chis­es for the use of the Pub­lic Right-of-Way with­in the Fran­chise Area for the con­struc­tion, oper­a­tion and main­te­nance of a Cable System.

(C) Fran­chise Non-Exclu­­sive.  Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall be non-exclusive.

(D) Fran­chise Appli­ca­tion.  The Coun­ty may require that any Per­son seek­ing a Fran­chise under this Chap­ter pro­vide the Coun­ty with a writ­ten appli­ca­tion in a for­mat pre­scribed by the County.

(E) Term, Expi­ra­tion, Renew­al and Transfer.

  1. Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall be for a term no longer than fif­teen (15) years.
  2. Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall ter­mi­nate upon the expi­ra­tion of the term of the Fran­chise unless renewed pur­suant to this Section.
  3. Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter may be renewed by mutu­al agree­ment of the Coun­ty and a Fran­chisee pur­suant to fed­er­al law.
  4. Any right, title, or inter­est in a Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall not be sold, trans­ferred, assigned, or oth­er­wise encum­bered, oth­er than to an enti­ty con­trol­ling, con­trolled by, or under com­mon con­trol with a Fran­chisee, with­out pri­or writ­ten notice to the Coun­ty.  No such notice shall be required, how­ev­er, for a trans­fer in trust, by mort­gage, by oth­er hypoth­e­ca­tion, or by assign­ment of any rights, title, or inter­est of a Fran­chisee in the Fran­chise or Cable Sys­tem in order to secure indebtedness.

(D) Fran­chise Area.  The geo­graph­ic area cov­ered by any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall be the unin­cor­po­rat­ed por­tions of the County.

(E) Use of Pub­lic Right-of-Way Non-Exclu­­sive.  Any use of the Pub­lic Right-of-Way grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter and any Fran­chise Agree­ment shall be non-exclu­­sive and the Coun­ty may grant sim­i­lar use of the Pub­lic Right-of-Way to any oth­er per­son at any time.

(F) Use of Coun­ty Prop­er­ty.  Noth­ing in this Chap­ter or any Fran­chise Agree­ment shall grant a Fran­chisee any right to prop­er­ty owned by the County.

(G) Revo­ca­tion of Franchise.

  1. The Coun­ty may revoke a Fran­chise and any and all rights and priv­i­leges of a Fran­chisee under this Chap­ter, and under any Fran­chise Agree­ment, upon the occur­rence of any sub­stan­tial breach of this Chap­ter or of any Fran­chise Agree­ment.  For pur­pos­es of this Chap­ter, and any Fran­chise Agree­ment made pur­suant to this Chap­ter, sub­stan­tial breach shall include the following:
    • Fail­ure, after notice and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cure, of a Fran­chisee to pay any por­tion of a Fran­chise Fee; or
    • Fail­ure, after notice and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cure, of a Fran­chisee to com­ply with any mate­r­i­al pro­vi­sion of this Chap­ter or any Fran­chise Agree­ment; or
    • Mate­r­i­al fraud or mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion by the Fran­chisee in obtain­ing the Fran­chise; or
    • Insol­ven­cy or bank­rupt­cy of the Franchisee.
  2. Upon the occur­rence of any sub­stan­tial breach, the Coun­ty shall pro­vide the Fran­chisee with writ­ten notice describ­ing the nature of the sub­stan­tial breach and, if applic­a­ble, requir­ing that the Fran­chisee cor­rect the sub­stan­tial breach with­in thir­ty (30) days.  With­in thir­ty (30) days of deliv­ery of such writ­ten notice, the Fran­chisee shall respond in writ­ing either con­test­ing the County’s notice of sub­stan­tial breach or out­lin­ing cor­rec­tion mea­sure being under­tak­en by the Fran­chisee.  The Fran­chisee may file a writ­ten request for a hear­ing on the mat­ter.  The Coun­ty shall hold such hear­ing with­in thir­ty (30) days of any such request filed by the Fran­chisee.  The Board shall pre­side at any such hear­ing and deter­mine whether a sub­stan­tial breach has occurred.  The Board shall ren­der a record of its pro­ceed­ings and of its findings.