Cable Television Service
City residents have benefited from new technology, deregulation, federal laws and regulatory rules that permit and encourage competition in the video services business. Cox Communications, AT&T and direct broadcast satellite companies are now offering video programming services in Oklahoma City.
In 1979 after taking proposals from several cable television providers the City selected and entered into its first franchise with Cox Cable. Law required voter approval of the franchise then. Voters approved a second franchise with Cox in 1991.
The franchise authorized Cox to use Oklahoma City public right-of-ways to provide cable television service. The Broadband Telecommunications Ordinance, which had not been substantially updated since 1991, was written as an enabling ordinance to accompany the Cox franchise agreement. The ordinance was primarily to select and regulate a single provider cable television service.