(A)   Operational standards.
      (1)   The grantee shall maintain the necessary facilities, equipment, and personnel to comply with, at a minimum, the following consumer protection and service standards under normal operating conditions.
         (a)   Sufficient toll-free telephone line capacity during normal business hours to ensure that telephone calls are answered before the fourth ring. Telephone answer time by a customer service representative, including wait time, may not exceed 30 seconds when the connection is made. If the call needs to be transferred, transfer time must not exceed 30 seconds.
         (b)   A caller must receive a busy signal less than 3% of the time.
         (c)   Emergency toll-free telephone line capacity on a 24-hour basis, including weekends and holidays. After normal business hours, the telephone calls may be answered by a service or an automated response system, including an answering machine. Calls received after normal business hours must be responded to by a trained representative on the next business day.
         (d)   A conveniently located local business and service or payment office open during normal business hours at least eight hours daily on weekdays, and at least four hours weekly on evenings or weekends, and adequately staffed with trained customer service representatives to accept subscriber payments and to respond to service requests, inquiries, and complaints.
         (e)   An emergency system maintenance and repair staff, capable of responding to and repairing major system malfunctions on a 24-hour per day basis.
         (f)   A trained installation staff must provide service to any subscriber requiring a standard installation within seven business days after receipt of a request, in all areas where trunk and feeder cable have been activated.
         (g)   The grantee must schedule, within a specified four-hour time period Monday through Saturday (legal holidays excluded), all appointments with subscribers for installation of service, service calls, and other activities at the subscriber's location. The grantee may schedule installation and service calls outside of normal business hours for the convenience of the subscriber.
         (h)   The grantee may not cancel an appointment with a subscriber after the close of business on the business day prior to the scheduled appointment. If a grantee representative is delayed in keeping an appointment with a subscriber and will not be able to honor the scheduled appointment, the subscriber must be contacted prior to the time of the scheduled appointment, and the appointment must be rescheduled, as necessary, at a time that is convenient for the subscriber.
         (i)   The grantee must undertake appropriate quality control measures to ensure that the customer is satisfied with the work.
         (j)   Subscribers who have experienced one missed appointment due to the fault of the grantee will receive an installation free of charge if the appointment was for an installation. If an installation was to have been provided free of charge, and for all other appointments, the subscriber will receive a credit of $20 or one month basic service level charge, whichever is more.
         (k)   Subscribers also will be entitled to receive a credit of $20 or one month basic service level charge, whichever is more, as provided above, if the grantee fails to complete a standard installation within seven days of receiving an installation request due to its fault, its failure to schedule an appointment within a specified four-hour time period, or its failure to notify the subscriber that the grantee's representative will be late for an appointment.
         (l)   Subscribers who have experienced two missed appointments due to the fault of the grantee will receive two months of the subscribed-to service tier, free of charge, in addition to the free installation or free month of service provided for the first missed appointment.
         (m)   Upon a subscriber's request, the grantee will arrange for pickup or replacement of converters or other equipment provided by the grantee at the subscriber's address within 14 days after the request is made if the subscriber is mobility-limited.
      (2)   Under normal operating conditions, the standards of subparagraphs (a), (c), (f), (g), (h) and (i) above must be met not less than 90% of the time, measured on a quarterly basis.
   (B)   Service standards.
      (1)   The grantee will render efficient service, make repairs promptly, and interrupt service only for good cause and for the shortest time possible. Except in emergency situations, scheduled interruptions will occur during a period of minimum use of the cable system, preferably between midnight and 6:00 a.m. Unless the scheduled interruption lasts for no more than two hours and occurs between midnight and 6:00 a.m. (in which event 24 hours' prior notice must be given to the city), 48 hours' prior notice must be given to subscribers.
      (2)   The grantee will maintain a repair force of technicians who will respond to subscriber requests for service within the following time frames:
         (a)   For a system outage: Within two hours, including weekends, after receiving subscriber calls or requests for service that by number identify a system outage of sound or picture on one or more channels, affecting five or more subscribers to the system.
         (b)   For an isolated outage: Within 24 hours, including weekends, after receiving requests for service identifying an isolated outage of sound or picture on one or more channels.
         (c)   For inferior signal quality: No later than the following business day, excluding Sundays and holidays, after a request for service identifying a problem concerning picture or sound quality.
      (3)   The grantee will be deemed to have responded to a request for service under the provisions of this paragraph (B) when a technician arrives at the service location and begins work on the problem. If a subscriber is not home when the technician arrives, the technician must leave written notification of arrival, if the problem cannot be solved from a remote location.
      (4)   The grantee may not charge for the repair or replacement of defective or malfunctioning equipment provided by the grantee to subscribers, unless the defect or malfunction was caused by the subscriber.
      (5)   The grantee must determine the nature of the problem within 24 hours after commencing work and resolve all cable system related problems within three business days, unless technically infeasible.
   (C)   Billing and information standards.
      (1)   Subscriber bills must be clear, concise, and understandable. Bills must be fully itemized, with itemizations including, but not limited to, basic and premium service charges and equipment charges. Bills also must clearly delineate all activity during the billing period, including optional charges, rebates, and credits.
      (2)   The first billing to a subscriber after a new installation or service change must be prorated based upon when the new or changed service commenced. Subscribers must not be charged a late fee or otherwise penalized for any failure attributable to the grantee, including the failure to timely or correctly bill the subscriber.
      (3)   In case of a billing dispute, the grantee must respond in writing to a written complaint from a subscriber within 30 days after receiving the complaint at the office specified on the billing statement for receiving that complaint.
      (4)   Upon request by a subscriber, credits or refunds must be provided by the grantee to subscribers who experience an outage, interruption, or disconnection of service of four or more consecutive hours, provided that such loss of service is neither caused by the subscriber nor attributable to scheduled repairs, maintenance, or construction in circumstances where the grantee has provided advance written notice to subscriber, and the loss of service does not exceed the time period specified by the grantee.
      (5)   For subscribers terminating service, credits or refunds must be issued promptly, but no later than 30 days after the return of any grantee-supplied equipment.
      (6)   The grantee must provide written information on each of the following matters at the time of the installation of service, at least annually to all subscribers, and at any time upon request:
         (a)   Products and services offered.
         (b)   Prices and options for programming services and conditions of subscription to programming and other services.
         (c)   Installation and service maintenance policies.
         (d)   Instructions on the use of the cable service.
         (e)   Channel positions of programming carried on the system.
         (f)   Billing and complaint procedures, including the address and telephone number of the city's office designated for dealing with cable-related issues.
         (g)   Consumer protection and service standards and penalties for noncompliance.
      (7)   Subscribers must be notified in writing of any changes in rates, programming services, or channel positions as soon as possible. Notice must be given to subscribers a minimum of 30 days in advance of those changes if the change is within the control of the grantee. In addition, the grantee will notify the grantor in writing at least five working days before subscribers are notified in advance of any significant changes in the information required above in subsection (6).
      (8)   The grantee must maintain a public file containing all written notices provided to subscribers under these consumer protection and service standards and all published promotional offers made by the grantee to subscribers. These documents must be maintained for a minimum period of two years.
   (D)   Verification of compliance with standards.
      (1)   Upon 30 days prior written notice, the city manager may require the grantee to provide a written report demonstrating its compliance with any of the consumer service standards specified in this section. The grantee must provide sufficient documentation to enable the city to verify compliance.
      (2)   A repeated and verifiable pattern of noncompliance with the consumer protection and service standards of this section, after the grantee's receipt of written notice and an opportunity to cure, may be deemed a material breach of the franchise agreement.
   (E)   Subscriber complaints and disputes.
      (1)   The grantee must establish written procedures for receiving, acting upon, and resolving subscriber complaints without intervention by the city. The written procedures must prescribe the manner in which a subscriber may submit a complaint, either orally or in writing, specifying the subscriber's grounds for dissatisfaction. The grantee must file a copy of these procedures with the city manager. These procedures must include a requirement consistent with section 23-14(C)(3).
      (2)   Upon request, and subject to law protecting subscriber privacy rights, the city manager has the right to review the grantee's response to subscriber complaints.
      (3)   All subscribers have the right to continue receiving service so long as their financial and other obligations to the grantee are honored. If the grantee elects to rebuild, modify, or sell the system, or if the city gives notice of intent to terminate or not to renew the franchise, the grantee must act so as to ensure that all subscribers receive service while the franchise remains in force.
      (4)   Upon a change of control of the grantee, or if a new operator acquires the cable system, the original grantee must cooperate with the city, the new grantee, or the new operator in maintaining continuity of service to all subscribers.
   (F)   Disconnection and downgrades.
      (1)   A subscriber may terminate or downgrade service at any time, and the grantee must promptly comply with the subscriber's request within five days or at any later time requested by the subscriber. No period of notice prior to voluntary termination or downgrade of service may be required of subscribers. Grantee will impose no charges for the voluntary termination of service unless a visit to the subscriber's premises is required to remove a converter box or other equipment or property owned by the grantee.
      (2)   The grantee may disconnect a subscriber's service in compliance with paragraphs (i), (j), and (k) of Section 53088.2 of the Cal. Gov’t Code. If service is disconnected for nonpayment of past due fees or charges, the grantee must promptly reinstate service upon payment in full by the subscriber of all such fees and charges, including late charges.
      (3)   Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (2) above, the grantee may immediately disconnect service to a subscriber if the subscriber is damaging or destroying the grantee's cable system or equipment.
      (4)   The grantee may also disconnect service to a subscriber when service causes signal leakage exceeding federal limits. If service is disconnected, and the leakage is not caused by the subscriber, the grantee will immediately resume service without charge upon the satisfactory correction of the signal leakage problem.
      (5)   Upon termination of service to a subscriber, the grantee will remove its equipment, not to include converter boxes, from the subscriber's premises within 30 days if the subscriber so requests. The customer will in no event be charged for a converter box upon termination of service. The equipment will be deemed abandoned if it is not removed within such time period unless the grantee has been denied access to the subscriber's premises.
   (G)   Changes in service. Except as otherwise provided by law, subscribers must not be required to pay any additional fee or charge, other than the regular service fee, in order to receive the services selected. No charge may be imposed for any service or equipment that the subscriber has not affirmatively selected. Payment of the regular monthly bill will not by itself constitute an affirmative selection.
   (H)   Deposits. The grantee may require a reasonable, nondiscriminatory deposit on equipment provided to subscribers. The grantee shall place such deposits in an interest-bearing account. The deposit must be returned, with interest earned to the date of repayment, within 30 days after the equipment is returned to the grantee.
   (I)   Parental control option. The grantee must provide parental control devices at no charge to all subscribers who desire to block the video or audio portion of any pay channels that the subscriber finds objectionable. For other programming, such devices will be provided at no charge to the subscriber, unless otherwise required by law, or unless a converter box is required to be installed for the purpose of providing the parental control device.
   (J)   Additional requirements.
      (1)   All officers, agents, and employees of the grantee, or of its contractors or subcontractors, who, in the normal course of work, come into contact with members of the public, or who require entry onto subscribers' premises, must carry a photo-identification card in a form approved by the city manager. The grantee must account for all identification cards at all times.
      (2)   All vehicles of the grantee or its subcontractors must be clearly identified as vehicles engaged in providing services for the grantee.
      (3)   In addition to the consumer protection and service standards specified in this section, the grantee must comply with all applicable consumer protection and service standards that are imposed upon cable operators by the following:
         (a)   Federal statutes, and the rules, regulations, and orders of the FCC, including the following:
            1.   The provisions of Section 76.630 of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), as it now exists or may later be amended, which relate to compatibility with consumer electronics equipment.
            2.   The provisions of Section 551 of Title 47, United States Code, as it now exists or may later be amended, which relate to the protection of subscriber privacy.
         (b)   The provisions of Cal. Gov’t Code, Sections 53054 et seq., entitled the "Cable Television and Video Provider Customer Service and Information Act."
         (c)   The provisions of Cal. Gov’t Code, Section 53088 et seq., entitled the "Video Customer Service Act."
         (d)   The provisions of Cal. Civil Code, Section 1722(b)(1)-(6), which relate to service or repair transactions between cable television companies and their subscribers.
         (e)   The provisions of Cal. Penal Code, Section 637.5, which relate to subscribers' rights to privacy protection.
         (f)   All other applicable provisions of State law.
      (4)   If there is any conflict or inconsistency between a consumer protection and service standard specified in this section, and a standard set forth in the statutes, rules, regulations, and orders that are referenced above in subsection (3), then the standard that is specified in this section will apply to the extent authorized by law.
   (K)   Penalties for noncompliance.
      (1)   Purpose. The purpose of this section is to authorize monetary penalties for the violation of the customer service standards established by this section in a manner consistent with the Video Customer Service Act (Cal. Gov’t Code, Sections 53088 et seq.) and pursuant to the city's inherent police powers. The imposition of penalties authorized by this section will and does not prevent the city or any other affected party from exercising any other remedy to the extent permitted by law.
      (2)   Administration and appeals.
         (a)   The city manager is authorized to administer this paragraph. Decisions by the city manager to assess monetary penalties against the grantee must be in writing and must contain findings supporting the decisions. Decisions by the city manager are final.
         (b)   If the grantee or any interested person is aggrieved by a decision of the city manager, the aggrieved party may appeal that decision in writing to the city council. The appeal letter must be accompanied by a fee of $1,500 for processing the appeal, unless prohibited by applicable law.
         (c)   The city council may affirm, modify, or reverse the decision of the city manager. The procedures governing the appeal shall be those pertaining to appeal of decisions of the Planning Commission.
      (3)   Schedule of penalties. The following schedule of monetary penalties may be assessed against the grantee for the material breach of the provisions of the customer service standards set forth in this section, provided that the breach is within the reasonable control of the grantee:
         (a)   For a first material breach: The maximum penalty is $200 for each day of material breach, but not to exceed a cumulative total of $600 for each occurrence of the material breach.
         (b)   For a second material breach of the same nature within a 12-month period for which the city has provided notice and a penalty has been assessed: The maximum penalty is $400 for each day of the material breach, but not to exceed a cumulative total of $1,200 for each occurrence of the material breach.
         (c)   For a third or further material breach of the same nature within a 12-month period for which the city has provided notice and a penalty has been assessed: The maximum penalty is $1,000 for each day of the material breach, but not to exceed a cumulative total of $3,000 for each occurrence of the material breach.
         (d)   The maximum penalties referenced above may be increased by any additional amount authorized by State law.
      (4)   Judicial remedy. This section does not preclude any affected party from pursuing any judicial remedy available to that party without regard to this section.
      (5)   Notification of breach. The city must give the grantee written notice of any alleged breach of the consumer service standards and allow the grantee at least 30 days, or such longer time as may be reasonably necessary to cure, upon receipt of the notice to remedy the specified breach. For the purpose of assessing penalties, a material breach is deemed to have occurred for each day, following the expiration of the period for cure specified herein, that any breach has not been remedied by the grantee, irrespective of the number of subscribers affected.
      (6)   Limitations. With respect to any grantee that operates under a franchise or license agreement with the city, any monetary penalties assessed under this section will be reduced dollar for dollar to the extent that any liquidated damage or penalty provision of the franchise or license agreement imposes a monetary obligation on the grantee for the same customer service failure, and the grantee pays such monetary obligations.
(Ord. No. 2650)