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(A) System configuration.
(1) The grantee shall establish a modular Cable Broadband Communications System with at least one distribution head located in the City of Lebanon; or must establish a system which provides comparable service, as determined by the city.
(2) The grantee shall institute a basic subscriber service and shall provide subscribers with a converter by which means such subscribers will be able to receive a minimum of 30 channels. Such converter or other device will be designed to permit closed circuit and selective viewing through the deletion or addition of filters or tuning elements. The basic subscriber service must, at a minimum, have the technical capacity for two-way communications. The grantee can freely offer in its official proposal other service variations such as budget packages with less services for a discounted rate and/or expanded packages with higher rates for such options as additional channels, activated two-way service, and movie and sports channels.
(3) The grantee shall construct a two-way activated institutional network for video or non-video uses on either an open or closed circuit basis. Attachment “A” lists the institutions to which the institutional network will initially be available. The grantee shall provide the appropriate connectors and extend cable to an access point within each institution, but the users of the institutional network will provide their own terminal equipment. Technical assistance to institutional users shall be provided by the grantee without additional charge.
(B) Subscriber services. The grantee will, at a minimum, for the rates outlined in the grantee’s proposal, furnish to its subscribers the services listed in subsections (1) through (4) below:
(1) All operating broadcast television signals for which the grantee shall have received certification, and as are specifically outlined in the official proposal as filed. The specific signals proposed is one basis upon which the proposals are evaluated as to compatibility with the needs and desires of the area to be serviced.
(2) Twenty separately processed FM stations.
(3) Automated channels carrying the following information: time, weather, news, stock market quotations, and community messages.
(4) The grantee shall incorporate into its facilities the capability for an emergency interrupt whereby the city in times of crisis may be able to introduce emergency messages and/or alerts on all channels simultaneously. In the event of an emergency or disaster, the grantee shall upon request of the City Manager make available its facilities to the city for emergency use during the period of such emergency or disaster and shall provide such personnel as necessary to properly operate under the circumstances.
(C) Cablecasting and access facilities.
(1) The City Manager and the grantee shall establish a mutually agreeable implementation schedule which sets out the dates certain equipment must be made available by the grantee. The schedule will take into consideration such factors as community interest, completion of equipment training programs by a representative number of local citizens and availability of specific equipment.
(2) Initially, one community channel shall be activated in the cable system for programming produced by the community and the grantee. If, this channel has 60 hours of programming per week, or more, for six consecutive weeks, the grantee shall make a second channel available for community programming.
(3) The access equipment will be made available to the community on a schedule agreed upon by the City Manager and the grantee. The grantee shall support the community in using the access facility with training and technical assistance, and will service and maintain equipment on a cost basis when bench time is available.
(1) The grantee shall interconnect all of its adjoining systems and shall use its best efforts to interconnect its systems with any or all other systems located in the Greater Cincinnati Area upon the directive of the city. Interconnection of systems may be done by direct cable connection, microwave line, or other appropriate methods. Interconnection may be required for one or several channels of the system.
(2) Upon receiving the directive of the city to interconnect, the grantee shall immediately initiate negotiations with the other affected systems in order that costs may be shared equally by the systems for both the construction and operation of the interconnection link.
(3) The grantee shall cooperate with any interconnection corporation, regional interconnection authority, or state or federal regulatory agency which may be hereafter established for the purpose of regulating, facilitating, financing, or otherwise providing for the interconnection of systems beyond the boundaries of the city.
(E) Standby power. The grantee shall maintain equipment capable of providing standby power for headend, transportation and trunk amplifiers for a minimum of two hours. The equipment shall be constructed so as to automatically notify the cable office when it is in operation and to automatically revert to the standby mode when the AC power returns. All utility safety regulations must be followed to prevent a standby generator from powering the “dead” utility line, with possible injury to any unwitting lineworker.
(F) Local business office. The grantee shall maintain a business office and a production studio within a 20-mile radius of the geographic center of Lebanon, Ohio. The business office shall be open during normal business hours and shall have a publicly listed telephone which can be reached toll-free from the service area described in this chapter. The business office shall be so operated that complaints and requests for repairs or adjustments may be received and processed with a minimum delay. Provision shall also be made for telephonically receiving service interruption calls on a 24-hour basis, utilizing a toll-free number. The production studio must be made available to individuals, groups or organizations under terms, conditions, and schedules as are mutually established by the grantee and the City Manager.
(Ord. 5258, passed 10-28-80; Am. Ord. 5273, passed 1-27-81) Penalty, see § 725.99