Lawyer for Independent Media | Sue Basko
Many cities and towns choose a cable company to serve the city. It costs a great deal of money for a cable company to install the infrastructure and equipment needed to provide cable to an area. Usually, the company will be given a long contract so they can make a profit in exchange for their investment. Sometimes, to interest a company in serving an area, yes, a city or town might provide part of the cost of this huge investment. City and town meetings are held openly so the public can attend. You may want to go watch and see how such things are decided.
Answer Applies to: California
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
Usually, there's an agreement between the city/township and the cable company that gives the company the exclusive right to offer cable service in the area and to string cable lines in public right-of-ways, for which the company pays an annual fee to the city/township.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska