N.Y. Public Service Law Section 219
Franchise requirement


Notwithstanding any other law, no cable television system, whether or not it is deemed to occupy or use a public thoroughfare, may commence operations or expand the area it serves unless it has been franchised by each municipality in which it proposes to provide or extend service.


A municipality shall have the power to require a franchise of any cable television system providing service within the municipality, notwithstanding that said cable television system does not occupy, use or in any way traverse a public street. The provision of any municipal charter or other law authorizing a municipality to require and grant franchises is hereby enlarged and expanded, to the extent necessary, to authorize such franchises.


Nothing in this article shall be construed to prevent franchise requirements in excess of those prescribed by the commission, unless such requirement is inconsistent with this article, any regulation, policy or procedure of the commission, or federal law.

Source: Section 219 — Franchise requirement, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBS/219 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

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