Why is there no cable competition for Charter?

Cable service in Athens-Clarke County is not a granted monopoly. The Cable Ordinance (Chapter 6-16 in the Athens-Clarke County Code) states unequivocally that there is no such thing as an exclusive cable franchise for the community and state that franchises also allow for multiple cable providers. Athens-Clarke County and Georgia can and will review any cable company's local franchise applications to provide competition in the community. In 2008, a statewide law in Georgia went into effect that allowed companies to apply - if they choose - for a statewide franchise agreement in lieu of multiple local ones. Only Charter (now Spectrum) and AT&T have applied for statewide video franchises and have notified the local government of intention to provide services in Athens-Clarke County. 

Additionally, there is no requirement where services must be provided in a community, so it is entirely up to individual companies as to where they provide any services. To date, no other cable companies have asked Athens-Clarke County for a franchise in Charter/Spectrum's service area, although satellite television providers also provide services without a franchise. The communities around the country that have multiple cable providers tend to be large cities and, even then, overlaps in services areas are rare to nonexistent.

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1. Can Athens-Clarke County regulate the price of cable?
2. Does Athens-Clarke County have any control over internet service?
3. Why doesn't my TV provider offer certain channels?
4. Why is there no cable competition for Charter?
5. What happens if I have a complaint about a video company?
6. How does the move to statewide franchise for Charter change the complaint procedure?
7. How does the move to statewide franchise affect AT&T's video offerings?
8. What are the concerns with AT&T's U-Verse treatment of PEG channels?