The San Diego County Cable Television an Telecommunications Review Commission is an independent, administrative body empowered to investigate, conduct hearings, and render administrative decisions on cable television matters in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. The Commission also sponsors the annual Community Partnership for Local Government Programming Video Grant Program.
Established in the 1960s, the Commission was responsible for reviewing and recommending that the Board of Supervisors approve cable television franchise applications filed with the County. Once a cable operator was franchised, the Commission made sure that franchised operators followed all terms of their agreements. While that still holds true for current County franchise agreements, the California Public Utilities Commission now awards any new franchise agreements to video providers. Once the County’s current franchise agreements expire, video providers must also apply for new licenses with the PUC. The Commission will continue to monitor customer service issues.
The Cable Franchise Administrator serves as Executive Officer of the Review Commission. The Cable Franchise Administrator is a County staff position in the County Communications Office.
The Commission traditionally reviewed and approved all cable television rates. However, the Federal Telecommunication Act of 1996 deregulated most cable rates. Specific duties of the Review Commission are set forth in County Administrative Code Section 630.8.
Decisions made by the Review Commission become final and binding on the parties involved if not appealed to the Board of Supervisors within thirty calendar days. The procedure for appeal, as well as general provisions regarding the regulation of cable television systems, are codified in San Diego County Code Sections 21.1601-21.163.
The Commission consists of seven members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Five Commissioners are nominated by each of the five individual Supervisors. The Board Chair nominates the sixth member and the entire Board nominates the seventh member. Commission terms run for three years or until the nominating Supervisor ceases to hold office.
The Review Commission currently sets a regular meeting schedule in January of each year. The Chairperson may call for additional meetings if necessary.
The Review Commission staff can assist with questions or complaints regarding cable service to customers residing in the unincorporated areas of the County. Customers should first attempt to resolve the problem directly with the cable company.
Customers living in an incorporated City (such as the City of San Diego) should contact the cable office in that city. Contact information should be printed on the customer's cable television bill.
The County Review Commission may be reached by the following methods:
Cable Franchise Administrator
County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 208 (MS-A359)
San Diego, CA 92101