Video providers must respond to franchise, retransmission, programming, and related agreements, not to mention, customer notice, reporting, and recordkeeping and technical requirements. In addition to copyright statements and royalty fees, which must be filed semi-annually, JSI assists with required notices and agreements, as well as recurring filings, such as: state franchise authority-certificate amendments, cable community registration (FCC Form 322), signal leakage (FCC Form 320), cable EEO annual report (FCC Form 396-C), broadband reporting (FCC Form 477), FCC and broadcast TV station notifications, and the negotiation of retransmission, pole attachment, and leased access programming agreements.
In addition, JSI can conduct an on-site review of your video/cable system to ensure compliance. During this review, we will consult on your overall video operations and inspect the many agreements that video providers are required to maintain, such as public inspection files, EEO public files, retransmission and programming agreements. JSI also vigilantly monitors FCC proceedings for new and changing rules, such as closed captioning, video programming, and broadband census-tract reporting.
Not only can our staff can assist you in meeting the notice, reporting, recordkeeping, and technical requirements, but also we can help determine the best ways to set up your service tiers to reduce the amount of fees paid each year. Video providers must negotiate agreements with the state/local franchise authorities, and JSI can aid in these negotiations. We also assist in negotiating favorable retransmission agreements with broadcasters. Specifically, among the requirements that JSI staff can assist you in completing include:
- Video/cable subscriber notification requirements, including:
- notifying broadcasters prior to commencing service;
- privacy notice;
- signal leakage monitoring;
- customer service, if franchise authorities require; and
- equipment compatibility
- Video/cable EEO reports
- Reporting and registration requirements for video/cable operators (CUIDs)
- assuming CUIDs
- surrendering CUIDs
- name changes
- ownership changes
- Video/cable copyright statement of accounts
- Retransmission agreements
- Red Light rule assistance
- Regulatory fee filings, and requests for exemption
- FCC Form 477, competition and broadband reporting
If you have any questions about video/cable compliance, please contact John Becci (firstname.lastname@example.org) in JSI's Maryland office, at 301-459-7590.