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Record No: CB 118411    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118411
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 7/13/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124810
Title: AN ORDINANCE related to cable television; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into a new Cable Television Franchise Agreement and an agreement regarding additional public benefits with Qwest Broadband Services, Inc. d/b/a CenturyLink; authorizing the Chief Technology Officer to enter into other agreements for the purpose of implementing or administering the new franchise; increasing appropriations in the 2015 budget of the Department of Information Technology for costs incurred in processing the franchise application; and transferring cash received for processing the franchise application; all by a 3/4 vote of the City Council.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Attachments: 1. Att A: Cable Television Franchise Agreement v2, 2. Att B: Letter of Agreement v2
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note v4, 2. Att A: Cable Television Franchise Agreement v1, 3. Att B: Letter of Agreement v1, 4. Summary and Fiscal Note v3, 5. Central Staff Memo with Proposed Amendments to CB 118411 and Attachments A & B, 6. Mayor's Transmittal Letter, 7. Signed Ordinance 124810
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE related to cable television; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into a new Cable Television Franchise Agreement and an agreement regarding additional public benefits with Qwest Broadband Services, Inc. d/b/a CenturyLink; authorizing the Chief Technology Officer to enter into other agreements for the purpose of implementing or administering the new franchise; increasing appropriations in the 2015 budget of the Department of Information Technology for costs incurred in processing the franchise application; and transferring cash received for processing the franchise application; all by a 3/4 vote of the City Council.

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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle desires to promote competition in the delivery of cable services available to its residents; and
WHEREAS, Qwest Broadband Services, Inc. d/b/a CenturyLink, a Delaware corporation (QBSI), seeks to provide competitive cable services to the residents of Seattle; and
WHEREAS, on April 28, 2015, QBSI submitted an application and $20,000 processing fee required by Seattle Municipal Code 21.60.080 to the City seeking a cable franchise to provide cable services in the City (Application); and
WHEREAS, QBSI is a wholly owned subsidiary of CenturyLink, Inc. (CenturyLink), a Louisiana corporation; and
WHEREAS, the Application contemplates that the facilities that comprise the cable system will be constructed, owned, and maintained by Qwest Corporation (QC), a wholly owned subsidiary of CenturyLink and an affiliate of QBSI; and
WHEREAS, QBSI will utilize QC's facilities to provide cable services in the City; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Cable Communications determined that QBSI's Application was complete and contained the information required for a new cable franchise under Seattle Municipal Code Section 21.60.080; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Cable Communications has performed a legal, technical, and financial...

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