Communities whose cable rates are unregulated

Cable rates are unregulated in communities that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deems to have effective competition and in communities that have not requested rate regulation.

Effective competition

Effective Competition is defined by Section 623(l)(1) of the Federal Communications Act of 1934 as amended:

  1. The term ''effective competition'' means that--
    1. Fewer than 30 percent of the households in the franchise area subscribe to the cable service of a cable system;
    2. The franchise area is--
      • Served by at least two unaffiliated multichannel video programming distributors each of which offers comparable video programming to at least 50 percent of the households in the franchise area; and
      • The number of households subscribing to programming services offered by multichannel video programming distributors other than the largest multichannel video programming distributor exceeds 15 percent of the households in the franchise area;
    3. A multichannel video programming distributor operated by the franchising authority for that franchise area offers video programming to at least 50 percent of the households in that franchise area; or
    4. A local exchange carrier or its affiliate (or any multichannel video programming distributor using the facilities of such carrier or its affiliate) offers video programming services directly to subscribers by any means (other than direct-to-home satellite services) in the franchise area of an unaffiliated cable operator which is providing cable service in that franchise area, but only if the video programming services so offered in that area are comparable to the video programming services provided by the unaffiliated cable operator in that area.

Communities with effective competition and not subject to rate regulation

Communities FCC order
Boston DA 16-1389
Adams DA 16-611
Ashby DA-16-437
Ashland DA-16-437
Bellingham DA-16-437
Billerica DA-16-437
Chelmsford DA-16-437
Cohasset DA-16-437
Danvers DA-16-437
Dover DA-16-437
Duxbury DA-16-437
Easton DA-16-437
Foxborough DA-16-437
Hanover DA-16-437
Hingham DA-16-437
Holliston DA-16-437
Hopedale DA-16-437
Hull DA-16-437
Lakeville DA-16-437
Leominster DA-16-437
Marblehead DA-16-437
Maynard DA-16-437
Medway DA-16-437
Mendon DA-16-437
Middleton DA-16-437
Milford DA-16-437
Millis DA-16-437
Norfolk DA-16-437
North Andover DA-16-437
Norwell DA-16-437
Randolph DA-16-437
Shirley DA-16-437
Stow DA-16-437
Templeton DA-16-437
Topsfield DA-16-437
Walpole DA-16-437
Wayland DA-16-437
Weston DA-16-437
Wrentham DA-16-437
Chelsea DA-15-1441
Malden DA-15-1441
Medford DA-15-1441
Clarksburg DA 15-164
North Adams DA 15-164
North Attleboro DA 14-407
Mansfield FCC Erratum Mansfield
Revere  
Taunton FCC Erratum Mansfield
Boylston DA 13-2197
Leicester DA 13-2197
Northbridge DA 13-2197
Barre DA 13-2008
Berlin DA 13-2008
Douglas DA 13-2008
Grafton DA 13-2008
Groton DA 13-2008
Hinsdale DA 13-2008
Hubbardston DA 13-2008
Lanesborough DA 13-2008
Millbury DA 13-2008
Millville DA 13-2008
North Brookfield DA 13-2008
Northborough DA 13-2008
Oakham DA 13-2008
Oxford DA 13-2008
Rutland DA 13-2008
Southborough DA 13-2008
Southbridge DA 13-2008
Sutton DA 13-2008
Webster DA 13-2008
Westborough DA 13-2008
Westport DA 13-2008
West Stockbridge DA 13-2008
Cheshire DA 11-270
Braintree DA 10-847
Bedford DA 10-848
Canton DA 10-848
Lawrence DA 10-848
Lynnfield DA 10-848
Marion DA 10-848
Mattapoisett DA 10-848
Medfield DA 10-848
Melrose DA 10-848
Methuen DA 10-848
Middleborough DA 10-848
Norwood DA 10-848
Rochester DA 10-848
Tyngsborough DA 10-848
Wilmington DA 10-848
Salisbury DA 08-2632
Rowley DA 08-2633
Sherborn DA 08-2633
Abington DA 08-1594
Acton  
Andover  
Aquinnah DA 08-1594
Belmont  
Bourne DA 08-1594
Boxborough  
Boxford  
Carver DA 08-1594
Chilmark DA 08-1594
Edgartown DA 08-1594
Falmouth DA 08-1594
Franklin  
Georgetown  
Halifax DA 08-1594
Hamilton  
Hopkinton  
Ipswich  
Kingston DA 08-1594
Lincoln  
Littleton  
Lynn  
Marshfield DA 08-1594
Oak Bluffs DA 08-1594
Pembroke DA 08-1594
Plymouth DA 08-1594
Plympton DA 08-1594
Rockland DA 08-1594
Sandwich DA 08-1594
Tisbury DA 08-1594
West Tisbury DA 08-1594
Fitchburg DA 08-1507
Lunenburg  
Marlborough DA 08-1507
Nahant DA 08-1507
North Reading DA 08-1507
Reading  
Stoneham DA 08-1507
Sudbury DA 08-1507
Swampscott DA 08-1507
Tewksbury DA 08-1507
Wellesley DA 08-1507
Wenham DA 08-1507
West Newbury DA 08-1507
Westwood DA 08-1507
Winchester DA 08-1507
Woburn DA 08-1507
Nantucket DA 08-1334
Truro DA 08-1334
Westminster DA 08-1334
Ashburnham DA 08-1215
Ayer  
Bernardston  
Brookline DA 08-1215
Burlington DA 08-1215
Chester  
Conway  
Erving  
Everett  
Framingham DA 08-1215
Gill  
Granville  
Hardwick  
Natick DA 08-1215
Waltham DA 08-1215
Wakefield DA 08-1215
Watertown DA 08-1215
Hudson DA 08-773
Huntington DA 08-773
Monson DA 08-773
Northfield DA 08-773
Seekonk DA 08-773
Shelburne DA 08-773
Townsend DA 08-773
Wareham DA 08-773
Westford DA 08-773
Winchendon DA 08-773
Arlington DA-99-1686
Newton DA-99-1686
Lexington DA-02-3376A1
Dedham DA-03-28A1
Needham DA-03-28A1
Somerville DA 99-285
Athol DA 08-875
Great Barrington DA 08-875
Orange DA 08-875
Sheffield DA 08-875

 

Communities that have not requested rate regulation

The Department regulates rates only in those communities that have requested rate regulation. While Massachusetts law and regulation provide that the Department may regulate rates for a municipality "upon its own motion," the Department's longstanding practice is to exercise its authority upon a municipality's request to do so. As of 2015, 18 municipalities had not requested rate regulation.

Ashby
Bolton
Brewster
Carver
Chilmark
Douglas
Dunstable
Mashpee
Millville
Shirley
Sterling
Tisbury
Wales
Webster
West Tisbury
Whately
Williamstown
Woburn

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