Cablevision hates when they are forced to compete. When Cablevision didn’t want to compete against Fibervision, they filed a lawsuit asking the Courts to stop Fibervision from building out. The Court smacked down Cablevision.
Dating back to 2005, Cablevision has been whining to cities whenever Verizon receives a franchise agreement in cities in which Cablevision also has a franchise agreement. Usually, Cablevision tries to say that because Verizon and Cablevision do not have identical franchise agreements, Cablevision should be allowed to block Verizon from entering that market.
Cablevision tried this several months ago in Glen Cove, New York and lost miserably.
Verizon Attorney Paul Trane points out to the City Counsel that the franchise agreements between Verizon and Cablevision do not have to include the exact same language but must be fundamentally equal, which apparently only Cablevision believes it is not.
Now, Cablevision is back at it. Because Verizon is bringing their cable service to the city of Harrison, Cablevision is yet again crying about the “We want an identical franchise agreement” line that has been rejected more times than I can count.
Adam Falk, vice president of government affairs for Cablevision, said Verizon is creating a system of “haves and have-nots” by choosing to cover what he said was a little more than half of the municipality. However, the town’s legal staff said the agreement will make Verizon cable available to about 91 percent of single-, two- and three-family dwellings. – Harrison Daily Voice
What is Cablevision worried about?
The Optimum Value package Cablevision offers to those locations normally costs $64.95, whereas Verizon would offer its basic service, normally worth $12.99 and at least 100 fewer channels. – Harrison Daily Voice
No wonder Cablevision is worried.
This isn’t Cablevision’s only argument. Cablevision also cries about other companies getting “special treatment” when in reality they are simply entering the market that Cablevision has dominated…..and the Courts have told Cablevision just that.
Yet, when Cablevision enters cities where there is already an incumbent cable provider, they don’t seem to have the same attitude. Wonder why?
BronxNet Executive Director Michael Max Knobbe wants city officials to ensure that any new deal will bind Cablevision to providing levels of funding similar to what Verizon agreed to pay in a similar franchise agreement it reached with the city last year. He said Cablevision is paying towards BronxNet’s cost at the same rate it’s been using since its contract was last negotiated in 1998.
At the hearing, Cablevision executives touted the network’s contribution of free Internet access to schools, said Bronx residents had access to the fastest connection speed in the United States, and said the company was the only corporation that was willing to invest in cable in the Bronx when it first received its franchise in 1983. – RiverDalePress.com
Cablevision also has the ability to have an entire town hate them and their service to the point where they decided to build their own network when it frankly was rarely done in this country. As told by MuniNetworks.org:
Prior to Paragould’s decision to build their own network, the City had a nonexclusive franchise agreement with Cablevision. The town was dissatisfied by the service they received and, in 1986, Paragould voters approved an ordinance authorizing the Paragould Light and Water to construct and operate a municipal cable system.
That same month, Cablevision filed suit alleging antitrust violations, breach of contract, and infringement of first and fourteenth amendment rights. The district court dismissed the antitrust and constitutional claims and Cablevision appealed unsuccessfully.
By 1998, the City had purchased Cablevision’s remaining service and began offering Internet service. The City has continually upgraded their investment, which now consists of fiber lines that run to nodes throughout the city. Coaxial cable delivers signal and data from nodes to homes.
Does anyone want to guess how the city of Harrison took the news of Verizon entering their market?
A large crowd filled the courtroom for the public hearing on the matter and applauded after the vote to approve the franchise agreement. – Harrison Daily Voice
I wonder why?