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North Aurora approves six-month extension of agreement with Comcast

Village trustees will discuss role in cable consortium

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 10:06 p.m. CST

NORTH AURORA – Village trustees have approved a six-month extension of its franchise agreement with Comcast.

“That gives us enough time to talk about our role in the Southwest Fox Valley Cable and Telecommunications Consortium,” Village Administrator Steve Bosco said.

Trustees are debating whether North Aurora should remain a member of the consortium. In order to discuss the issue further, trustees on Monday voted to extend the franchise agreement until Feb. 26.

North Aurora’s 12-year franchise agreement with Comcast had been set to expire on Tuesday.

The consortium board coordinates cable and telecommunications services for North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich and Yorkville. North Aurora has been a member of the consortium since about 2002.

The consortium oversees the public access programming for Fox Valley Television, a public and government access channel serving North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich and Yorkville. The channel is carried on Comcast cable Channel 17. Government access programming is available on Channel 10.

The village’s intergovernmental agreement with the consortium provides that 40 percent of the cable franchise fees are paid to the consortium.

“In 2008, the consortium began refunding fees, and about half of the fees that the consortium has received have been rebated back to the communities since that time,” North Aurora village attorney Kevin Drendel had told trustees.

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