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For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and abbreviations shall have the meanings given herein, provided, however, that when not inconsistent with the context, terms, phrases, words and abbreviations not defined herein shall be given their common and ordinary meanings, and that words used in the present tense shall include the future tense, words in the plural number shall include the singular number and words in the singular number shall include the plural number.
(a) "CATV" or "cable television system". A system of antennas, cables, amplifiers, wires, lines, towers, microwave links, waveguides, laser beams, optical fibers, satellites, converters, conductors, transmission lines, equipment or facilities designed and constructed for the purpose of producing, receiving, storing, processing, transmitting, amplifying, scrambling and distributing audio, video, digital, and other forms of electronic or electrical signals to subscribing members of the public for a fixed or period fee.
(b) "Channel". A designated frequency band in the electromagnetic spectrum which is capable of carrying video, audio, digital, or other electronic signals, or some combination thereof.
(c) "City". The City of Lake Angelus, a municipal corporation of the State of Michigan.
(d) "Council". The present governing body of the City or any future board constituting the legislative body of the City.
(e) "FCC" or "Federal Communications Commission". That agency as is presently constituted by the United States Congress or any successor agency with jurisdiction over CAB matters.
(f) "Franchise". The non-exclusive right or authority to construct, operate, and maintain a cable television system by use of the City–owned rights of way, easements or other publicly owned properties.
(g) "Franchisee". Comcast Cablevision of Michigan LLC, and its lawful successors, transferees or assigns.
(h) "Gross annual subscriber receipts". All revenue received by the Franchisee for all tiers of services which are provided to subscribers of the Franchisee's cable television system in the City. "Gross annual subscriber receipts" shall not include advertising sales revenue, investment income or monies received for installation, reconnection, repair or modification to any installation, line extensions or other subscriber-related construction.
(i) "Person". Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
(j) "Street". The surface of and the space above and below any public street, road, highway, freeway, lane, path, alley, court, sidewalk, parkway, easement, right of way or drive, now or hereafter existing within the City.
(k) "Subscriber". Any person legally receiving any service delivered by the Franchisee.
(Ord. 52. Passed 6-13-88; Ord. 100. Passed 12-8-03.)