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(A) Grant. Subject to applicable state and federal law, a nonexclusive franchise to construct, operate and maintain a cable system within all or any portion of the city may be granted by the Council to any person or entity, whether currently operating under an existing franchise or not, who or which offers to furnish and provide such services pursuant to the terms of this chapter.
(B) Limitation. No provision of this chapter may be deemed or construed as to require the granting of a franchise when in the opinion of the Council it is in the public interest to restrict the number of grantees to one or more.
(C) Use of public streets and highways. Any such franchise shall authorize and permit the grantee to engage in the business of operating and providing a cable system in the city, and for that purpose to erect, install, construct, repair, replace, reconstruct, maintain and retain in, on, over, under, upon, across, and along any public street or highway within the area of the franchise, such poles, wires, cable, conductors, ducts, conduits, vaults, manholes, amplifiers, appliances, pedestals, attachments, and other property as may be necessary and appurtenant to the cable system; and in addition, so to use, operate, and provide similar facilities or properties rented or leased from other persons, firms or corporations, including but not limited to any public utility or other grantee franchises or permitted to do business in the area of the franchise.
(Ord. 94-09, passed 9-12-94)