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Mission Statement

The Cable Television Communication Plan is a special revenue fund. Revenue is provided by cable franchise agreements and fees from the Transmission Facility Coordinating Group, and funding is passed through for: operation of the Office of Broadband Program's (OBP), Community Engagement, Community Technology, and FiberNet programs; Public Educational Government (PEG) programming by the Office of Public Information (PIO), the County Council, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and Montgomery Community Media; PEG equipment; and municipal franchises administered by the County. The mission of the Cable Television Communications Plan is to provide effective management of the Fund and the County's cable franchise agreements; quality PEG programming; broadband governance, planning, execution, and operation of FiberNet, the County's communications network; and effective management of deployment of wireless facilities throughout Montgomery County. Additional funding for OBP is provided and described in the Department of Technology Services budget.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY21 Operating Budget for the Office of Broadband Programs is $16,518,580, an increase of $146,575 or 0.90 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $16,372,005. Personnel Costs comprise 26.14 percent of the budget for 18 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 30.75 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 73.86 percent of the FY21 budget.

The FY21 Approved Cable Television Communications Plan includes four elements:

  • The Office of Broadband Programs, Media, PEG operating and equipment, MCM, and Municipal transfers ($16,518,580)
  • Transfers to the General Fund for indirect costs ($843,000)
  • Transfers for PEG programming including Montgomery County Public Schools ($1,799,775) and Montgomery College ($1,769,800)
  • Transfers to County Capital Improvements Programs (CIP) including FiberNet ($3,081,000) and ultraMontgomery ($680,000)

The Office of Broadband Programs (OBP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are developing and evaluating strategies to address projected declines in the cable franchise fees.

This Funds CIP requires Current Revenue funding, using restricted funds from the Cable Television Communications Plan.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • Easier Commutes
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • A Growing Economy


Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.



  • Complete preparation and launch Comcast and Verizon cable franchise renewal negotiations.

  • Implement FiberNet3, third generation network design, to enable a ten-fold expansion of bandwidth capacity and support expansion of service capabilities.

  • Expand community engagement and content creation, social media outreach including podcasting, cablecasting of fresh content in evening hours on CCM, and live social media coverage of County and State meetings and events in Montgomery County.

  • Apply for Federal funding and continue to support public/private partnerships to bring broadband to underserved areas of the County's Agricultural Reserve.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Improved speed, public input and transparency for small-cell deployments in commercial areas to reasonably manage deployments, facilitate community input, and comply with requirements of Federal and State law to enable provisions of new wireless communications services.

  • Eliminated bandwidth chokepoint between Montgomery County Government (MCG) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to exponentially increase Internet bandwidth capacity and resiliency of broadband networking services provided to education use by MCPS students and administration.

  • Added critical timing equipment to improve the reliability of public safety radio communications.

  • Launched fixed wireless service connections to dramatically improve broadband capacity and reduce broadband costs at remote County facilities.

Program Descriptions

  Media - Montgomery College

The Instructional Television (ITV) and Media Production Services Unit of Montgomery College is responsible for creating cable programming available on the Montgomery College educational cable channel as well as video programming and learning materials available as on-line content. Funds are used for staff, equipment, and operating expenses to provide digital...

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  Media - MCPS-TV

Montgomery County Public Schools Television (MCPS-TV) is a full-service television and multimedia facility that produces TV programs for students, staff, parents, and the general community produced in multiple languages to reach the district's growing multicultural community. MCPS-TV regular programming includes live Board of Education meetings, live webstreaming events from schools,...

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  Office of Broadband Programs Community Technology

The Office of Broadband Programs in the Department of Technology Services is responsible for administering the cable television agreements for the County and participating municipalities. The budget for franchise administration includes staff for cable management and enforcement, including cable and broadband complaint investigation, cable inspection and facilities testing, and office...

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  Media - Montgomery Community Media

The Office Broadband Programs administers a contract with Montgomery Community Television, doing business as Montgomery Community Media (MCM), through which it operates two community media cable television channels and provides media technology training to County residents and community organizations. MCM produces independent, diverse and informative cable programming for County residents....

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  Office of Broadband Programs Community Engagement

The Office of Broadband Programs manages services to support County Cable Montgomery (CCM), the government access channel. CCM programming includes live County Council sessions and committee meetings, press conferences, town hall meetings, special events, and programs highlighting County services and activities. Funding is provided to the Media Services, County...

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  Municipal Support

Franchise and Public, Education, and Government (PEG) fees owed by cable operators to participating municipalities within Montgomery County are paid by cable operators to the County for administrative convenience and then redistributed by the County to the City of Rockville, the City of Takoma Park, and the Montgomery County Chapter...

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  Media - PEG Network


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  Office of Broadband Programs FiberNet (Cable Fund)

OBP-FiberNet supports operation and maintenance of, and provision of new applications over, Montgomery County's private communications network - FiberNet. FiberNet is a critical infrastructure asset that provides carrier-class voice, video, Internet access and data network services for Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, Housing Opportunities Commission...

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  Office of Broadband Programs Digital Equity

OBP - Digital Equity works to ensure all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. OBP-Digital equity supports Senior Planet Montgomery, which...

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  Media - PIO, Council, M-NCPPC

Media - PIO, Council, M-NCPPC Portions of the former County Cable Montgomery which provide funding for County Council, Office of Public Information, and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission staff and contractors to provide via cable channel and Internet, live and archived Council and Planning Board meetings, press conferences, town hall...

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Funding from the Cable Special Revenue Fund is used to support Montgomery County's private communications network - FiberNet. FiberNet is a critical infrastructure asset that provides carrier-class voice, video, Internet access and data network services for Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC),...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Helen Ni of the Department of Technology Services at 240.777.2807 or Alison Dollar of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2769 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages3004493.003265049.00 3230423.00 3337776.002.2
Employee Benefits936342.001016089.00 1000737.00 980362.00-3.5
Cable Television Personnel Costs3940835.004281138.00 4231160.00 4318138.000.9
Operating Expenses11404535.0012090867.00 11984338.00 12200442.000.9
Cable Television Expenditures15345370.0016372005.00 16215498.00 16518580.000.9
Full-Time14.0013.00 13.00 18.0038.5
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs31.8530.85 30.85 30.75-0.3
Franchise Fees16661388.0016235000.00 15981000.00 15186000.00-6.5
Gaithersburg PEG Contribution77794.00144000.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
Investment Income251098.00263000.00 210000.00 159000.00-39.5
PEG Capital Revenue6182025.005932000.00 5882000.00 5622000.00-5.2
PEG Operating Revenue3854409.003848000.00 3705000.00 3489000.00-9.3
Tower Application Fees159500.00150000.00 125000.00 250000.0066.7
Cable Television Revenues27186214.0026572000.00 25903000.00 24706000.00-7.0
FY21 Approved Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment687980.00
FY21 APPROVED687980.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Media - MCPS-TV00.0000.00
Media - Montgomery College00.0000.00
Media - Montgomery Community Media27359300.0028290610.00
Media - PEG Network13031490.009399840.00
Media - PIO, Council, M-NCPPC00.00189309111.50
Municipal Support 35639000.0035639000.00
Office of Broadband Programs Digital Equity00.003002871.00
Office of Broadband Programs Community Engagement 292817217.609860094.00
Office of Broadband Programs Community Technology 20621858.5017122176.50
Office of Broadband Programs FiberNet (Cable Fund)00.0042940317.75
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY21 Approved16519.00000016519.00000016519.00000016519.00000016519.00000016519.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Subtotal Expenditures16519.00000016519.00000016519.00000016519.00000016519.00000016519.000000