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Comcast Cable Franchise Renewal


4/9/15 - The City has released its cable-related community needs and interests assessment report.

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Thursday, April 16: Mayor Nutter Announces Public Forums On Cable Franchise Renewal Process

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Schedule for Public Meetings:

Tuesday, April 28:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at PCI Library, 1905 Locust Street

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 South Broad Street

Wednesday, April 29:
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at MaST Charter School, 1800 East Byberry Road

Thursday, April 30:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Community Center at Visitation, 2646 Kensington Avenue

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue

Saturday, May 2:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Bibleway Baptist Church, 1323 North 52nd Street
The City of Philadelphia’s current 15-year cable television franchise agreement with Comcast Cable will expire later this year.  Comcast holds a franchise for each of the four franchise areas in the City, covering all of Philadelphia. A cable franchise authorizes the franchise holder to use public “rights-of-way” for an agreed term of years to operate its cable system and deliver cable service.
As part of the cable franchise renewal proceedings, the City, through its Office of Innovation and Technology, initiated a comprehensive community needs assessment and system technical review, conducted by CBG Communications, Inc. of Paoli, to identify the City’s future cable-related needs and interests, and to review the compliance of Comcast’s cable system with franchise requirements. 

CBG assessed the Philadelphia community’s needs for Public, Educational and Governmental Access (PEG) channels and programming, and made recommendations regarding future development and financial support for PEG programming, including PhillyCAM’s public access channels and the cable channels operated by the City, the School District, and universities.  CBG also examined the needs of City agencies for network infrastructure and made recommendations as to how these needs should be supported in a renewal franchise.

CBG’s wide-ranging technical review evaluated Comcast’s residential and business cable television subscriber network, including compliance with the City’s franchise agreement and applicable codes, as well as the condition and operation of the cable infrastructure.

As part of the needs assessment, CBG conducted a scientific telephone survey of Philadelphia residents who were asked questions about their cable-related needs and interests and their experiences with Comcast’s cable service.  To reach as many Philadelphia residents as possible, CBG also conducted a separate online and written survey covering the same topics.  

The findings of the surveys and the technical audit are compiled together in a needs assessment report.  This report can be accessed using the link on the left hand side of this page.

Contact Information

Unable to attend one of the City's scheduled public forums?

You can still make your voice heard by contacting the City at:


Call 215-686-8125 to leave a message.

Cable Franchise Authority
Cable Television Administrator
City Hall, Room 702
Philadelphia, PA 19107