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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 610
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F.S. 610.103
610.103 Definitions.As used in ss. 610.102-610.117:
(1) “Cable service” means:
(a) The one-way transmission to subscribers of video programming or any other programming service.
(b) Subscriber interaction, if any, that is required for the selection or use of such video programming or other programming service.
(2) “Cable service provider” means a person that provides cable service over a cable system.
(3) “Cable system” means a facility consisting of a set of closed transmission paths and associated signal generation, reception, and control equipment that is designed to provide cable service that includes video programming and that is provided to multiple subscribers within a community, but such term does not include:
(a) A facility that serves only to retransmit the television signals of one or more television broadcast stations;
(b) A facility that serves only subscribers in one or more multiple-unit dwellings under common ownership, control, or management, unless such facility or facilities use any public right-of-way;
(c) A facility that serves subscribers without using any public right-of-way;
(d) A facility of a common carrier that is subject, in whole or in part, to the provisions of Title II of the federal Communications Act of 1934 except that such facility shall be considered a cable system other than for purposes of 47 U.S.C. s. 541(c) to the extent such facility is used in the transmission of video programming directly to subscribers, unless the extent of such use is solely to provide interactive on-demand services;
(e) Any facilities of any electric utility used solely for operating its electric utility systems; or
(f) An open video system that complies with 47 U.S.C. s. 573.
(4) “Certificateholder” means a cable or video service provider that has been issued and holds a certificate of franchise authority from the department.
(5) “Department” means the Department of State.
(6) “Franchise” means an initial authorization or renewal of an authorization, regardless of whether the authorization is designated as a franchise, permit, license, resolution, contract, certificate, agreement, or otherwise, to construct and operate a cable system or video service provider network facilities in the public right-of-way.
(7) “Franchise authority” means any governmental entity empowered by federal, state, or local law to grant a franchise.
(8) “Incumbent cable service provider” means a cable or video service provider providing cable or video service on July 1, 2007.
(9) “Public right-of-way” means the area on, below, or above a public roadway, highway, street, sidewalk, alley, or waterway, including, without limitation, a municipal, county, state, district, or other public roadway, highway, street, sidewalk, alley, or waterway.
(10) “Video programming” means programming provided by, or generally considered comparable to programming provided by, a television broadcast station as set forth in 47 U.S.C. s. 522(20).
(11) “Video service” means video programming services, including cable services, provided through wireline facilities located at least in part in the public rights-of-way without regard to delivery technology, including Internet protocol technology. This definition does not include any video programming provided by a commercial mobile service provider as defined in 47 U.S.C. s. 332(d), video programming provided as part of and via a service that enables end users to access content, information, electronic mail, or other services offered over the public Internet.
(12) “Video service provider” means an entity providing video service.
History.s. 7, ch. 2007-29.