Cable Franchise Agreements

In 2012, the NH Broadband Mapping & Planning Program (NHBMPP) completed a statewide inventory of municipal Cable Franchise Agreements. The results are presented below, in the form of a listing of the individual municipal agreements collected, and a summary table reporting common elements extracted from those individual documents.

By NH RSA 53-C, each community is required to enter into an agreement for access to cable and to establish terms for that access. These terms are recorded in the Cable Franchise Agreement (CFA). Access to cable is technically access to video distribution, but the reality of today's technology is that cable infrastructure also provides internet access.

Therefore, the CFA has implications for, but does not directly represent, internet access. Guidance for towns in the process of initiating or updating CFAs is sometimes provided through legal consultation, or from the New Hampshire Coalition for Community Media. However, many communities have few resources to draw upon when reviewing an agreement. We hope that the CFA inventory will serve as an additional reference for communities negotiating a CFA.

If your community has an updated CFA, we encourage you to submit it to the NHBMPP so that we may maintain an effective and timely resource for communities in New Hampshire.

The town and franchisee name columns below are sortable by clicking on the title.

Townsort descending Ending Year Duration Franchisee Name Filed Document Key details
Warner 2014 15 Other PDF icon CFA_Warner_1999.pdf View CFA details
Waterville Valley 2026 15 SkiSat View CFA details
Weare 2015 7 Comcast PDF icon CFA_Weare_2015.PDF View CFA details
Webster 2004 15 Other PDF icon CFA_Webster_1989.pdf View CFA details
Wentworth 2019 15 Time Warner PDF icon CFA_Wentworth_2003.pdf View CFA details
Westmoreland 2018 0 Argent Communications View CFA details
Wilmot 2021 15 Comcast PDF icon CFA_Wilmot_2006.pdf View CFA details
Winchester 2017 10 Comcast PDF icon CFA_Winchester_2007.pdf View CFA details
Windham 2018 0 Comcast View CFA details
Windsor 2018 0 Comcast View CFA details
Wolfeboro 2021 10 MetroCast PDF icon CFA_Wolfeboro_2011.pdf View CFA details
Woodstock 2024 15 Time Warner PDF icon CFA_Woodstock_1994.pdf View CFA details