Boards and Commissions Membership

Cable Franchise & Hearing Board
Ordinance (13-5-2-1 )
Meeting Time/Location
Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the City Council Meeting Room 9th Floor
There hereby is established the Albuquerque Cable Franchise and Hearing Board which shall consist of three members to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. The provisions of 2-6-1-1 et seq. apply.

(1) Board members shall be persons of diverse backgrounds; they should have experience in mass media or communications, business, or service on or as staff to government boards and commissions which hold formal hearings.

(2) No current employee or board member of any television or telecommunications provider shall be a member of the Board; the term "television provider" shall be broadly construed.

(3) All members must sign a Conflict of Interest statement prior to appointment.
The Board shall act as the city's administrative hearing authority on cable television (or wireless cable) matters, primarily issues regarding regulation within the local franchise area as allowed by federal, state and local laws. The Board will represent consumers and allow for local cable television providers' input on rates, service quality and equipment issues. More particularly, the Board's duties include but are not limited to the following:

(1) Advise the Mayor and Council on matters which might constitute grounds for revocation of right-of-way usage, franchise or FCC violations that may require appropriate sanctions of a cable television franchise or permit in accordance with the terms of the 13-5-3-1 et seq. and/or the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992;

(2) Attempt to resolve complaints and disagreements on matters covered by regulations between the holder of a cable television franchise or permit and the users of the system that cannot be resolved administratively;

(3) Make recommendations to the Mayor and Council for the best use of the public access, education, and government (PEG) channels of the cable television system made available for public use;

(4) Provide technology updates to the Mayor and City Council upon request;

(5) Provide a forum for public participation in the event the city decides to pursue the franchise renewal process outlined under the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992;
(6) Review the cable provider's performance under applicable adopted laws, rules and regulations;

(7) Review and make recommendations on the level of service in the franchise area, including channel capacity of the system and how that meets the community needs;

(8) Recommend to the Mayor and City Council regulations and procedures regarding rates, service quality and equipment cases consistent with Ch. 13, Art. 5, Part 1; any information will be provided in accordance with applicable federal law and, if necessary, pursuant to appropriate confidentiality agreements; and

(9) Act as hearing examiner for all public hearings required pursuant to the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 on rate, service quality, equipment and other appropriate issues.
Current Membership
At LargeMr. Brian L White
At LargeMs. Sandy Barnhart Y Chavez
At LargeMr. Michael V Marcotte
Contact: Jane Yee, (505) 768-4657