Comcast has a choice. Comcast wishes to do business within Metro Nashville and is currently negotiating a franchise agreement with Metro Nashville. If it doesn’t like collecting a fee from its customers to fund PEG access, it can pay the fee without involving the customers. It can also forgo the Metro Nashville market and not negotiate a new franchise agreement. I'm sure other providers would be happy to have an opportunity to negotiate for the business.
Comcast’s customers also have a choice. If they don’t like paying a fee for PEG access, they can discontinue their relationship with Comcast. Many customers routinely discontinue their relationship with Comcast over many other issues.
Perhaps Comcast wishes to negotiate a shorter-term franchise agreement more often so it can more reasonably explain to its customers the increasing costs of doing business. I’m not a Comcast customer, so I have no idea whether they last raised their rates 10 years ago. Have they?
Todd M. Liebergen