(1) A video service provider that both uses telecommunications facilities to provide video service and has more than one million telephone access lines in this state shall provide access to video service to at least:
(a) Twenty-five per cent of the households in its video service area within two years after the date it began providing video service in that area;
(b) Fifty per cent of the households in its video service area within five years after the date it began providing video service in that area, except that a video service provider need not meet that fifty per cent requirement until two years after at least thirty per cent of the households with access to the provider's video service under its video service authorization subscribe to the service for six consecutive months.
(2) A video service provider may comply with division (A)(1)(a) or (b) of this section through the use of alternative technology, except satellite technology, that offers service, functionality, and content demonstrably similar to the service, functionality, and content the provider otherwise provides through its video service network.
(B) A video service provider shall file an annual report with the director of commerce describing its compliance with division (A) of this section or, as applicable, its progress toward that compliance.
(C) A video service provider may apply to the director for a waiver of or for an extension of time to comply with division (A)(1) of this section. The director may grant the waiver or extension only if the director determines that the video service provider has made substantial and continual effort to comply and determines that one or more of the following caused the provider's inability to comply:
(1) The provider is unable to obtain access to public and private rights-of-way under reasonable terms and conditions.
(2) Developments or buildings are not subject to competition because of existing, exclusive service arrangements.
(3) Developments or buildings are inaccessible using reasonable technical solutions under commercially reasonable terms and conditions.
(4) A natural disaster prevents compliance.
(5) There are other factors beyond the provider's control.
If an extension of time is granted, the director shall establish a new compliance deadline. If a waiver is granted, the director shall specify the requirement or requirements waived.
Effective Date: 2007 SB117 09-24-2007 .