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Franchise requirement
Public Service (PBS) CHAPTER 48, ARTICLE 11
§ 219. Franchise requirement. 1. Notwithstanding any other law, no
cable television system, whether or not it is deemed to occupy or use a
public thoroughfare, may commence operations or expand the area it
serves unless it has been franchised by each municipality in which it
proposes to provide or extend service.

2. A municipality shall have the power to require a franchise of any
cable television system providing service within the municipality,
notwithstanding that said cable television system does not occupy, use
or in any way traverse a public street. The provision of any municipal
charter or other law authorizing a municipality to require and grant
franchises is hereby enlarged and expanded, to the extent necessary, to
authorize such franchises.

3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to prevent franchise
requirements in excess of those prescribed by the commission, unless
such requirement is inconsistent with this article, any regulation,
policy or procedure of the commission, or federal law.