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    Cable Television Franchises

    General Information

    Every cable television service (CATV) provider that has facilities in the public right-of-way is required to have a franchise in order to provide service in the City of Lynchburg.  The Information Technology Department is responsible for overseeing these franchises.

     CATV franchises are very limited in scope.  The regulation that a city may impose through a franchise is governed by federal law and overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Generally speaking, the only aspects of a CATV franchise that may be regulated by a local government are as follows:

    • The rate for the lowest, most basic level of CATV service
    • Customer service - answering the telephone in a timely manner
    • Use of the public right-of-way

     Visit FCC.gov for more information on CATV regulation. 

                FCC Cable TV Rates - www.fcc.gov/guides/regulation-cable-tv-rates

                FCC Cable TV FAQs - www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/faqs-television-and-cable

    The City of Lynchburg currently has two cable television providers holding franchises.

    Comcast, franchised to provide service throughout the City of Lynchburg.  View the Agreement at http://www.lynchburgva.gov/sites/default/files/COLFILES/Information-Technology/Administration/Comcast%20Cable%20Franchise%20Agreement.pdf
     

    Lumos Networks, franchised to provide service throughout the City of Lynchburg, but currently only providing service in limited areas, primarily in the Cornerstone Neighborhood.  View the Agreement at http://www.lynchburgva.gov/sites/default/files/COLFILES/Information-Technology/Administration/Lumos%20Franchise%20Agreement%20%26%20Amendments.     

     Reporting  a Problem

    If you have needs or problems related to your cable television service or bill, you should contact your cable provider directly.

    Comcast:  Call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) or visit their Internet site. www.comcast.com.  Comcast also has a local office located at 2820 Linkhorne Drive  for equipment pickup or exchange as well as bill payment.

    Lumos Networks: Call 1-877-320-6144 or visit their Internet site.  www.lumosnetworks.com 

     Complaints

    If you wish to file a complaint, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for the specifics depending on the type of complaint. 

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