After months of negotiations, the St. Cloud City Council has approved a 10-year Franchise Agreement with Charter Communications. The agreement does not prevent another cable company from coming in to town. Brian Grogan has been negotiating the contract on behalf of the city.
A franchise agreement between the city of St. Cloud and Charter Communications hasn't been finalized yet. That's despite a public hearing that was held on the issue during tonight's (Monday) city council meeting. As a result, the frustrated council has voted to move forward with a plan to enforce the cable company's violation of moving the PEG channels back in August, without the city's approval.
A new 10-year contract between Charter Communications and the city of St. Cloud is not a done-deal yet. The St. Cloud City Council heard specifics in the deal so far during their work study session this (Monday) evening.
It appears the city of St. Cloud and Charter Communications are close to finally coming to terms on a new franchise agreement. During the city council meeting tonight (Monday) the council set a public hearing on the agreement for February 23rd. They also approved an extension of the existing agreement to that date.
The St. Cloud City Council has given the city attorney more time to work out a new agreement with Charter Communications. Matt Staehling says recent negotiations between the two sides have been productive.
The St. Cloud city council has voted to approve a resolution, alleging that Charter Communications has committed a violation of their franchise agreement. Charter has a deadline of October 10th to resolve the issue with the city.
The St. Cloud city attorney has accused Charter Communications of violating its franchise agreement. Matt Staehling says the cable company moved the government access channels - or PEG channels - without first getting approval from the city.
Starting tonight (Friday) St. Cloud State University Husky Hockey games will be broadcast on a new cable TV channel. The games can be viewed in HD on Charter channel 823, and also in standard definition on channel 426.