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The DC Code: § 34-1251.02 Findings and purposes.

Index34 Public Utilities. (Refs & Annos)
a
The Council of the District of Columbia finds that:
1
The rates, services, and operation of cable services and systems in the District affect the public interest;
2
Further development of cable television may result in greater benefits for District residents;
3
Cable television and cable technology play an essential role in the District's basic infrastructure;
4
Cable systems occupy and extensively use scarce and valuable public rights-of-way in a manner reserved primarily for those who provide essential service to the public;
5
Cable systems have the capacity to provide, in addition to entertainment and information services to District residents, a variety of broadband interactive communications services to individuals, the District government, and other institutions; and
6
It is, and should be, the policy of the District of Columbia to provide fair regulation of cable service providers in the public interest.
b
The purposes of this subchapter are:
1
To ensure that any authority granted to provide cable service is exercised in the public interest;
2
To establish the procedures for granting, renewing, transferring, and revoking authority to provide cable services;
3
To establish baseline standards for the operation of cable service providers in the District;
4
To establish a framework for the ongoing regulation of cable service providers and for the promulgation of rules and regulations governing the provision of cable service;
5
To encourage the optimum development of the economic, educational, and community service potentials of cable services and cable systems;
6
To promote just and reasonable rates and charges for cable services without discrimination, undue preferences or advantages, or unfair or destructive competitive practices;
7
To promote harmonious relationships between cable operators and their customers;
8
To create and maintain an economic and regulatory environment that promotes competition in the cable television industry in the District; and
9
To attract the deployment and maintenance of advanced cable services in the District.

Historical and Statutory

Legislative History of Laws For Law 14-193, see notes following § 34-1251.01. DC CODE § 34-1251.02 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Aug. 21, 1982, D.C. Law 4-142, § 102, as added Oct. 9, 2002, D.C. Law 14-193, § 2(b), 49 DCR 7334.)