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(a) Established. The Cable and Communications Advisory Committee may provide advice and recommendations to the County Executive, County Council, and the Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions on all telecommunications issues, including the administration of this Chapter and any franchise agreement or application. The Committee must not engage in any advocacy activity at the State or federal levels unless that activity is approved by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
(b) The Advisory Committee should meet quarterly or more frequently if requested by the County Executive or County Council or if the Chair or Committee finds it necessary.
(c) The Advisory Committee must have 9 voting members appointed by the Executive and confirmed by the Council for 3-year terms. The members should broadly represent technology areas.
(d) The Executive must appoint one representative selected by the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League, one representative selected by the City of Rockville, and one representative selected by the City of Takoma Park. However, if any of these organizations do not provide a representative, the representative may be selected from the public at large.
(e) The Executive must appoint 6 members selected from the public at large.
(f) The members annually must elect the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Committee. A person must not serve more than 2 consecutive terms as chairperson.
(g) Members are subject to Chapter 19A. (FY 1991 L.M.C., ch. 3, § 1; 1998 L.M.C., ch. 18, § 2; 2002 L.M.C., ch. 31, § 1; 2005 L.M.C., ch. 14, § 2; 2005 L.M.C., ch. 24, § 1; 2006 L.M.C., ch. 34, § 1; 2006 L.M.C., ch. 33, § 1; 2016 L.M.C., ch. 2, § 1; 2016 L.M.C., ch. 15, § 1; 2018 L.M.C., ch. 25, § 1; 2021 L.M.C., ch. 10, §1.)
Editor’s note—Section 8A-30, formerly 8A-31, was renumbered pursuant to 2006 L.M.C., ch. 34, § 1.
2006 L.M.C., ch. 34, § 3, repeals 2002 L.M.C., ch. 31, § 4, as amended by 2005 L.M.C., ch. 14, § 2.
2005 L.M.C., ch. 14 , § 2, amends 2002 L.M.C., ch. 31, § 4, as follows: Expiration date. This act expires on December 31, 2008.
2002 L.M.C., ch. 31, §§ 2, 3 and 4, state:
Sec. 2. Service-level requirements for cable modem service. The County Executive must issue regulations under method (2) establishing minimum cable modem service levels that a franchisee must provide. The regulations supersede any less-stringent requirements in a franchise or subscriber agreement.
Sec. 3. Transition.
(a) This Act applies to each current or future franchise, franchisee, subscriber, or other person subject to the requirements of the County Cable Communications Act, as amended by this and any future Act, and supersedes any contrary regulation, franchise, franchise agreement, subscriber agreement, or other agreement. The complaint adjudication provisions in Chapter 8A of the Code, as amended by this Act, apply to any complaint pending on, or filed on or after, the date this Act takes effect [March 6, 2003]. Section 8A-31A(i) applies to any subscriber agreement modified or entered into after this Act becomes law [December 5, 2002].
(b) The County Executive must designate the initial term of 2 members of the Cable Compliance Commission as 2 years. Any later term of these 2 members, and the terms of all other members, mut be 3 years.
Sec. 4. Expiration date. This Act expires on December 31, 2005.