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LEONARDTOWN, Md. – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building, Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Meeting Room, located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown to consider the adoption of the Resolution of St. Mary’s County Authorizing Execution of a Cable Franchise Agreement Between the County and Comcast of Maryland, LLC. Comcast currently has a cable franchise agreement with St. Mary’s County and has requested a renewal of this franchise.

Pursuant to Chapter 626 of the Cable Communications Policy Act, citizens are asked to comment on the cable operators’ past performance under the current franchise agreements as well as the community’s future cable-related needs.

The proposed Resolution and proposed Cable Franchise Agreement can be viewed at: http://www.stmarysmd.com/publichearings.asp

Those wishing to address the Commissioners may participate in-person or via teleconferencing, email, written correspondence or prerecorded video submission. The public hearing may also be viewed remotely on SMCG Channel 95 and on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov

In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:

-Written Comments via email: csmc@stmarysmd.com

-Mail: P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

-Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1234 to speak via telephone during the public hearing

-Submit a three-minute video clip to publicmtgs@stmarysmd.com no later than 5 p.m. May 3, 2022.

All submission will be considered by the Commissioners at the Public Hearing and/or seven (7) days following the Public Hearing.

Public Hearing guidelines are subject to change. Please note that as a result of this public hearing, the content of the proposed Resolution may change.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with special needs will be provided upon request.  In order to meet these requirements, we respectfully ask for one week’s prior notice.  Please contact the County Commissioners Office at 301-475-4200, Ext. 1340.  Proceedings are televised live and/or recorded for later broadcast on television.  All content of these proceedings is subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act.  Photographic and electronic audio and visual broadcasting and recording devices are used during the Commissioners’ meetings. These are public meetings and attendance at these meetings automatically grants St. Mary’s County Government permission to broadcast your audio and visual image.

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  1. Is it true that currenyly only metrocast is available in st maeys county? I am new to the county and I HATE the service and prices I pay through metrocast. Comcast becoming available would be a welcome change. In addition, comcast has available the $9.95 wifi available to families who have children receiving free or reduced lunches and that is a program to be applauded. After all, what better way to break a cycle of poverty level families than to give the school’s at risk population the same learning opportunities (via internet access) as those students whose parent(s) can provide internet to their children. Today, kids are literally at a loss without being able to get online and yet those without service don’t even understand what they are missing.

  2. Does Comcast cover all of St Mary’s County? If not it should, Breezeline is terrible, worse that Atlantic Broadband, which was worse than MetroCast. Bunch of reruns, deletion of channels and big price increases and they must be terminated for poor service and mostly old outdated equipment.

  3. I pay the same with Metrocast/Atlantic Broadband/Breezeline right now that I paid for Comcast when I was in Calvert Co. The difference is, with Comcast, for that price I had all of the big channels, HBO, SHO, etc. I get none of that with my service now and am paying almost $300 a month! That’s NUTS! But no options where I am. I’m all for bringing Comcast in.

  4. Reading through the attached agreement https://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Comcast_Public_Hearing_Notice.pdf it says Comcast has had the cable franchise in the County since 2005. I just checked several addresses on the Comcast site and the results said no service available. Where does Metrocast/Atlantic BB and now Breezeline come into the picture? Checking the current Breezeline I could find no relationship between them and Comcast.

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