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The District of Columbia's Cable Franchising Process

DC Official Code Sections 34-1254.02 through 34-1254.06 establish the following process for awarding a new cable television franchise in the District:

  • An application is filed with the Office of Cable Television (OCT) and that application is reviewed by OCT to ensure compliance with the statutes;

  • OCT determines whether the applicant has the ability, willingness and commitment to construct, operate and maintain a state-of-the-art cable system in the best interestes of the District and its residents;

  • After the determination by OCT that the applicant meets the criteria for being "able, willing and committed," OCT commences negotiations with the applicant for the purpose of reaching Proposed Franchise Agreement;

  • If OCT and the applicant reach a Proposed Franchise Agreement, the DC Council and the Mayor determine whether they will accept OCT's recommendation to approve the application and agree to the Proposed Franchise Agreement.

Useful Links and Resources

To better support our the residents in following the process we offer the following links:

Your Input Is Welcomed

  • OCT will accept written testimony and other written materials relevant to the application or its determination. All written testimony regarding this applicant and its application should be submitted to: J. Carl Wilson, General Counsel, Office of Cable Television, 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Pod P, Washington, DC 20008

  • Written testimony may also be forwarded to OCT in electronic form to: comments.OCT@dc.gov

  • NOTE: Written testimony that is sent to OCT via regular US Mail must be postmarked on or before December 27, 2007. Testimony that is forwarded to OCT via electronic mail must be sent by or before December 27, 2007.