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(a) Within three months after receiving a State franchise to provide video programming within the unincorporated area of the County, a franchisee shall provide on its network one public access channel, one educational channel and one government channel. A franchisee shall not, however, be obligated to provide PEG channels before the date it begins providing service to any subscriber. The PEG channels shall comply with Public Utilities Code section 5870 and shall be for the exclusive use of the County or its designee.
(b) After receiving notice that a franchisee has been issued a State franchise to provide video service within the unincorporated area of the County, the County will send written notice to the franchisee reminding the franchisee of its obligation under subsection (a) above to provide PEG channels.
(c) A franchisee issued a State franchise shall pay the County a fee of one percent of its gross revenues to support the PEG channels. The obligation to pay the fee under this subsection shall begin on the effective date of this subsection or the date the franchisee begins providing video service, whichever is later. A franchisee shall remit the PEG fee to the County quarterly, within 45 days after the end of the quarter for that calendar quarter. Each payment shall be accompanied by a summary explaining the basis for the fee calculation. If the franchisee does not pay the PEG fee when due, the franchisee shall pay a late payment charge at a rate per year equal to the legal rate of interest. If the franchisee has overpaid the PEG fee, it may deduct the overpayment from its next quarterly payment.
(Amended by Ord. No. 9889 (N.S.), effective 10-26-07; amended by Ord. No. 9896 (N.S.), effective 12-6-07; reenacted by Ord. No. 10478 (N.S.), effective 4-25-17)