Video Competition Reports
MPSC Reports on the Status of Competition for Video Services in Michigan
Based on available data gathered by the Commission through its 2016 survey:
Michigan providers reported 2,172,891 video/cable customers. This does not include customers of satellite providers which are not required to have franchise agreements with municipalities.
Overall, there are currently 2,045 franchise agreements in existence in Michigan (both individual franchise agreements entered into before the Act that have not yet expired, and the Uniform Video Service Local Franchise Agreements as required by the Act). This is an increase of six (6) compared to the previous year.
Providers reported investing over $120 million in the video/cable market in Michigan in 2016 and over $3.1 billion since the Act took effect.
The MPSC made three recommendations to the legislature: changing the due date of the annual report to March 1 from February 1 to provide survey respondents more time to provide information to the MPSC; requiring providers to provide certain contact information to the MPSC; and requiring a provider to notify the Commission if it changes its name, goes out of business, or merges with another company.