Office of Cable Administration

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As the Local Franchising Authority, Howard County Government is authorized to enforce FCC rules and guidelines in the following areas:

  • Customer service, complaints about bills, or a cable operator's response to inquiries about signal quality or service requests
  • Franchise fees, which the cable company pays the Local Franchising authority for the right to access public rights of way to offer cable service

The Office of Cable Administration oversees the performance of cable providers in Howard County and the operation of the public access cable channel. The Office of Cable Administration advises the County Executive and the County Council on matters related to the cable operators.

Public Access Cable Channel Programming Grants
Twice each year, the office accepts grant applications from County residents to produce community-based programming for Public Access Cable Channel 98. When announced, please call the office to request an application.

Cable Issues and Complaints
The Office of Cable Administration investigates cable related complaints and negotiates corrective action with the cable providers. To report a cable issue or complaint concerning cable providers in Howard County, please fill out the Cable Issues and Complaints Form.

Public, Education, Government (PEG) Channels Comcast Verizon
Board of Education 95 42
Government TV 99 44
Howard Community College 96 41
Public Access 98 n/a