Cable TV Franchise Awarded
By Jack Roberts
Without discussion, the City Council Monday unanimously awarded a cable television franchise to Cox Cable TV of Spokane, which is an affiliate of Cox Cable Communications Corp., Atlanta, Ga.
The Cox firm won out over three other national cable television companies, which also were vying for the Spokane franchise.
A report, compiled by members of the city’s legal, finance and engineering departments, with assistance of Ronald Valley, chief engineer of Spokane Educational Television Station KSPS, evaluated the four companies’ qualifications. Cox was rated best in the categories of technical suitability, financial status, programming plans and local management.
This report was submitted to the council Aug. 12 for study.
Corporation Counsel Richard F. Wrenn said the city’s next step will be to prepare a franchise ordinance. However, he said Cox must obtain a certificate of compliance from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) before installation of its equipment can begin.
“It will require a minimum of six months before a decision can be expected from the FCC,” said Wrenn.
Once a permit has been issued, according to Wrenn, the installation of equipment will begin on a definite schedule.
The Cox firm is locally represented by Phillip W. Alexander, Helen Hazen Rymond, Mrs. Richard W. Ager, Sam C. Haddock and Joseph M. Tewinkel. They collectively own 15 per cent of the Spokane corporation.
Other companies seeking the franchise were:
Coaxial Systems of Spokane, Inc., a local affiliate of American Television Communications Corp (ATC); Viacom Television Services, Inc., a local affiliate of Viacom International, Inc., and Spokane Cablevision, Inc., a local affiliate of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI).
Wednesday, September 4, 1974