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April 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Comcast digital switch: Public input options

Last week’s column suggested that regulators require Comcast and other cable providers to provide local channels in high definition to “basic” subscribers, without additional fees.

The column noted that Seattle has just begun negotiating a new franchise agreement with Comcast, so there’s a chance for people to get engaged and suggest changes. That led to questions about when Comcast’s franchises will be renegotiated in other cities around the region.

Here’s a partial list, if you’d like to tune in:

Bainbridge: franchise expired on Jan. 31, city is “evaluating options for next steps.”

Bellevue: franchise expired, up for renewal.

Bellingham: franchise expires in 2021.

Edmonds: franchise renewed in December, runs through 2019.

Everett: franchise expires 2014, negotiations just beginning.

Federal Way: franchise expires 2016.

Issaquah: franchise runs to 2020.

Kent: franchise expired, negotiations ongoing.

King County: expired in 2010; negotiations nearly done.

Mercer Island: now renewing franchise; public comment phase expected in third quarter.

Redmond: franchise expired, should complete negotiations in early June.

Sammamish: up for renewal; to be discussed at City Council study session June 11.

Seattle: renewal process begins in second quarter.

Shoreline: franchise runs to 2020.

Tacoma: franchise runs to 2020.

Here’s the FCC’s guide to filing complaints about cable service, including a list of topics that are within the purview of local franchise authorities and details on filing federal complaints.

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