Limitations of County
St. Mary's County Government is
limited by State and Federal Regulations and is not authorized
to regulate cable broadcast channels and\or the rate structure
of the Franchisee.
Limitations of County’s Authorities Under
Federal Law 47 U.S.C. 253.
(a) In General. No State or
local statute or regulation, or other State or local legal
requirement, may prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the
ability of any entity to provide any interstate or intrastate
(c) State and
Local Government Authority. Nothing in this section affects the
authority of a State or local government to manage the public
rights-of-way or to require fair and reasonable compensation
from telecommunications providers, on a competitively neutral
and nondiscriminatory basis, for use of public rights of way on
a nondiscriminatory basis, if the compensation required is
publicly disclosed by such government.
What is the Institutional Network (I-NET) ?
The I-Net is designed to provide intra-connectivity within the
agency designated as an I-Net recipient. St. Mary's County has
negotiated a combination of Fiber and Cable Modem locations for
the I-Net. The I-Net will provide the "path" and\or "pipe" which
allows the intra-connectivity. Resources that agencies make
available to their connected I-Net locations and the
configuration necessary to allow this access are not within the
scope of the I-Net installation negotiated with the Cable
Provider. Specifically, an I-Net connection is not "Free
Internet" access. However, the I-Net will allow agencies to
consolidate their internet access by purchasing this service
from a local Internet Service Provider (ISP).
example: St. Mary's County Government will utilize the I-Net to
provide data communications between County offices and configure
access to resources currently attached to the St. Mary's County
network (Servers, Printers, Internet, etc...).
the new Channel Line up at Metrocast ?
What is the new Channel Line up at Comcast ?
What are Franchise Fees?
Under the General
Provisions section of the Cable Ordinance, St. Mary's County
Government can require the Cable Operator to "...pay fair
compensation to the County for the occupation and use of local
Public Rights-of-Way." Franchise Fees are paid quarterly.
Cable Franchise FAQs
Approved Cable Ordinance 2-18-03
Approved Metrocast (formerly GMP) Cable Franchise Agreement
Amendment to the Metrocast Cable
Approved Comcast Cable Franchise Agreement
Association of County's (NACO) -
NACO County Explorer