This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Pennsburg Borough Cable Television Ordinance."
The Borough of Pennsburg finds that the development of cable communications systems and other multichannel service technologies have the potential of having great benefit and impact upon the people of Montgomery County. Because of the complex and rapidly changing technology associated with cable service, the Borough further finds that the public convenience, safety and general welfare can best be served by establishing regulatory powers, which should be vested in the Borough or such persons as the Borough shall designate, in accord with federal law. It is the intent of this chapter and subsequent amendments to provide for and specify the means to attain the best possible public interest and public purpose in these matters and any franchise issued pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed to include this finding as an integral part thereof.
Further, it is recognized that cable communications systems have the capacity to provide not only entertainment and information services to the Borough's residents, but can provide a variety of broadband, interactive communications services to institutions and individuals.
For these purposes, the following goals underlie the regulations contained herein:
Ensure high standards of customer service to all Borough residents.
Ensure that the cable system will be capable of accommodating both the interests of the Borough and the current and future cable-related needs of the local residents and be upgraded to correspond to state of the art.
Ensure that the grantee has the financial, legal and technical ability to provide cable services in the Borough.
Ensure that the public interest would be served by renewing the grantee's franchise according to federal law and the terms and conditions contained herein.