A telecom company that wants a cable franchise in Colorado Springs will have to promise to serve the less affluent areas of the city.
Otherwise, Mayor Steve Bach could be a roadblock.
“To be candid, CenturyLink does not want to put in the franchise agreement any specificity as to serving lower-income neighborhoods,” Bach said Wednesday during his monthly meeting with City Council.
“I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t work for me,” he said.
“We’re not trying to do anything that’s unfair to them or unreasonable. But they have to make some affirmative, written statement in that (franchise) agreement, I would hope, as to serving a whole variety of neighborhoods. I hope you agree with that,” he told council members.
The council is scheduled to hold a hearing the proposed franchise Tuesday.
The council meeting is held at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The meeting starts at 1 p.m.