How will the new franchise agreement address unserved areas in the county?
While the franchise agreement cannot, by law, address internet service, cable TV providers commonly include internet in their set of services. Calvert County worked to get the best possible coverage in the agreement to address areas currently without internet service.

The agreement maintains a requirement that service be extended to any area that has at least 15 homes per mile. This density requirement is the lowest density approved in Maryland.

County staff worked with Comcast to identify unserved areas that do not meet density requirements. Four unserved areas have been identified as eligible for build by Comcast.

The County will continue to work with Comcast to find opportunities to make expansion into unserved areas more affordable.

While internet service is not covered in the franchise agreement, the County will also pursue options and technologies to address internet coverage in unserved areas.

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1. Why is Comcast the only cable provider in the county? What about competition?
2. Is a special tax district a solution to financing service extension to unserved areas?
3. How will the new franchise agreement address unserved areas in the county?
4. What percentage of the county does not have access to cable?
5. Are cable rates a part of the franchise agreement?
6. How will the new franchise agreement be enforced?
7. Can cable companies be removed from providing service if they do not perform as expected?
8. Why does the current franchise agreement cover a 15-year term?