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(a) A franchise authorizes use of the public rights-of-way for installing cables, wires, lines, and other facilities to operate a cable system, but does not expressly or implicitly authorize the franchisee to provide service to, or install cables, wires, lines, or any other equipment or facilities private property without owner consent (except for use of compatible easements or rights-of-way under the Cable Act), or to use publicly or privately owned utility poles or conduits without a separate agreement with the owners.
(b) A franchise is subject to the paramount right of use by the County and the public for public purposes. The County reserves the right to authorize use of public rights-of-way to other persons as it determines appropriate.
(c) A franchise is nonexclusive and does not expressly or implicitly preclude the issuance of other franchises to operate cable systems within the County.
(d) A franchise does not convey a property right to the franchisee or a right to renewal other than as may be required by state or federal law.
(e) A franchise agreement constitutes a contract between the franchisee and the County once it is accepted by the franchisee. A franchisee contractually commits itself to comply with the terms, conditions and provisions of the franchise agreement and with all applicable laws, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, and orders. (FY 1991 L.M.C., ch. 3, § 1.)