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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. Funding is passed through for: the operation of the Office of Broadband Program's (OBP); FiberNet programs; Community Technology; Community Engagement; Digital Equity; Public, Educational, and 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); 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; the County's cable franchise agreement; quality PEG programming; broadband governance; planning, execution, and operation of FiberNet; the County's communications network; and effective management of the deployment of wireless facilities throughout Montgomery County. Additional funding for OBP is provided and described in the Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions' (TEBS) budget. Digital Equity initiatives are supported by the TEBS and Cable Fund budgets.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the Office of Broadband Programs is $15,227,385, a decrease of $2,242,226 or 12.84 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $17,469,611. Personnel Costs comprise 30.12 percent of the budget for 19 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 29.55 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 69.88 percent of the FY23 budget.

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
  • A Growing Economy
  • A Greener County
  • Easier Commutes
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Initiatives

  • Deploy 40,000 free computers to low-income residents and seek grant funding to expand additional digital equity programs including offering assistance to low-income residents to enroll in home broadband subsidy programs, expanding Senior Planet Montgomery to affordable housing developments, and expanding Senior Planet Montgomery through licensing for working parents.
  • Leverage County funding and seek additional grant funding to expand MoCoNet, the County's residential broadband network at affordable housing developments. In addition, receive grant funding to develop constituent-facing technology resources, launch pilot programs to train technology ambassadors, and expand access to technology training for MoCoNet subscribers to improve consumer technology knowledge and confidence, and reduce technology assistance calls to the County.
  • Leverage FY22 Community Communications Survey findings to strategically deploy County Cable Montgomery (CCM) resources. The goal is to provide communications over preferred communications platforms, in formats and languages that enable the County to reach more residents with information, especially those communities that are not currently engaging with the County.
  • Leverage caption encoders with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to improve the quality of multilingual captioning for County Cable Montgomery live and video on demand programming. The encoders provide multi-lingual captioning support. AI technology enables customized machine learning of County specific names, terms, and phrases to improve captioning accuracy. In addition, the encoders will create cost-efficiencies by reducing schedule and set-up time.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Winner of National Association of Counties Best in the Nation Award for transforming Senior Planet Montgomery from an in-person training program serving 800 people per year to offering lectures and courses via Zoom to serve 7,000 seniors per year.
  • Expanded MoCoNet residential broadband service to three new affordable housing locations.
  • Reconfigured the County Council hearing room to effectively support hybrid meetings (Zoom and in-person combined) that can be cast to cable channels, Facebook and YouTube. Upgrading the video Storage Area Network (SAN) local area network video file sharing platform to improve efficiency of Council and Public Information Office (PIO) producers and editors to cost-effectively support demand for video communications among a new 11-member County Council.

Program Descriptions

  Media - Montgomery College

Montgomery College Television creates videos for Montgomery College educational cable channels, website, and social media. Funds are used for staff, equipment, operating expenses, and training student interns using hands on, real life production techniques and facilities. Videos educate, inform, and support student success (i.e. closing the achievement gap, dual enrollment,...

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  Media - Montgomery County Public Schools

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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  OBP Community Technology

OBP Community Technology manages use of public rights-of-way in Montgomery County by cable television providers, negotiates and enforces obligations in cable franchise agreements, provides consumer assistance with cable issues and complaints, and supports County policies addressing compensation for use of public rights-of-way by communications providers. Community Technology manages the Transmission...

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  Montgomery Community Media

Montgomery County supports community media and digital equity training through a contract with Montgomery Community Television, doing business as Montgomery Community Media (MCM). MCM operates two community media cable television channels, provides media technology training to County residents and community organizations, and produces independent, diverse, and informative cable programming for...

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  OBP Community Engagement

OBP Community Engagement provides channel management for the County's cable television station (CCM) and its three cable channels, and a Technical Operations Center to support transmission of 13 local PEG channels over three cable systems. CCM program content is created by the County Council, Public Information Office (PIO), and Maryland-National...

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  Municipal Support

Cable operator franchise fees and PEG support obligations to participating municipalities within Montgomery County are paid by cable operators to the County for administrative efficiency and auditing effectiveness and then redistributed by the County to the City of Rockville, the City of Takoma Park, and the Montgomery County Chapter of...

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  Connect Montgomery Alliance

The Montgomery County Public, Education, and Government (PEG) Governance Board facilitates collaboration among the local PEG stations to promote meaningful and relevant PEG programming and media services to the Montgomery County community using current and emerging technologies. The PEG Governance Board (PGB) collaboratively works to expand community engagement, Spanish language...

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  OBP Digital Equity (Cable Fund)

Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. OBP Digital Equity works to ensure individuals and communities have the information technology knowledge and confidence needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. It supports providing technology training for older...

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  Media - PIO, Council, M-NCPPC

This program provides funding for the Office of Public Information, the County Council, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to create content for the County's cable channel CCM, social media, and live Internet streaming, including County Council and Planning Board meetings, press conferences, town hall meetings, special events,...

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  OBP Fibernet (CF)

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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Program Contacts

Contact Michele Crane of the Department of Technology Services at 240.777.2845 or Julie Knight of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2760 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Recommended
FY23
%Chg
Bud/Rec
CABLE TELEVISION
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages3149492.003510326.00 3162289.00 3731616.006.3
Employee Benefits875545.00955622.00 846711.00 855374.00-10.5
Cable Television Personnel Costs4025037.004465948.00 4009000.00 4586990.002.7
Operating Expenses12167722.0012203663.00 12557382.00 10640395.00-12.8
Cable Television Expenditures16192759.0016669611.00 16566382.00 15227385.00-8.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time18.0018.00 18.00 19.005.6
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs30.7530.75 30.75 29.55-3.9
REVENUES
Franchise Fees14667465.0013767962.00 14783280.00 14358470.004.3
Investment Income14518.00153000.00 12860.00 76760.00-49.8
Miscellaneous Revenues75223.000.00 0.00 1000000.000.0
PEG Capital Revenue5393495.005253586.00 5398706.00 5302621.000.9
PEG Operating Revenue3376575.003444164.00 3471262.00 3312461.00-3.8
Tower Application Fees142500.00250000.00 225000.00 250000.000.0
Cable Television Revenues23669776.0022868712.00 23891108.00 24300312.006.3
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses0.00800000.00 800000.00 0.00-100.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures0.00800000.00 800000.00 0.00-100.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
REVENUES
American Rescue Plan Act0.00800000.00 800000.00 0.00-100.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues0.00800000.00 800000.00 0.00-100.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures16192759.0017469611.00 17366382.00 15227385.00-12.8
Total Full-Time Positions18.0018.00 18.00 19.005.6
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs30.7530.75 30.75 29.55-3.9
Total Revenues23669776.0023668712.00 24691108.00 24300312.002.7
FY23 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
CABLE TELEVISION
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION1666961130.75
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Maryland Municipal League Funding Exchange Offset by Revenue [Municipal Support ]5000000.00
Shift: Montgomery Connects Digital Equity Programs from TEBS to the Cable Fund [OBP Fibernet (CF)]3009411.00
Shift: Digital Equity from TEBS to Cable Fund [OBP Fibernet (CF)]1823400.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs1514822.00
Increase Cost: MCM Operating Cost Increase [Montgomery Community Media ]1447980.00
Shift: Funding from FY22 ARPA Funds for Digital Equity Initiative to Cable Fund [OBP Digital Equity (Cable Fund) ]1000000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases739650.00
Increase Cost: Connect Montgomery Alliance Coordinator Contractor [Connect Montgomery Alliance ]500000.00
Increase Cost: County Cable Montgomery Public Events Engineer [OBP Community Engagement ]465000.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment418990.00
Increase Cost: County Office Building Television and Webstreaming Studio Equipment [Connect Montgomery Alliance ]352500.00
Increase Cost: Public, Education, Government Television Equipment Support and Warranties [Connect Montgomery Alliance ]250000.00
Shift: Community Grants moved from Community Grants NDA to Cable Fund Base Budget [OBP Digital Equity (Cable Fund) ]26500.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment3180.00
Decrease Cost: Transfer Two Positions Charging FiberNet CIP to General Fund [OBP Fibernet (CF)]0-2.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-992670.00
Decrease Cost: Public Information Officer Positions [Media - PIO, Council, M-NCPPC]-257978-2.20
Decrease Cost: Municipal Pass Thru Support [Municipal Support ]-4388620.00
Shift: FiberNet Network Operations Center from the Cable Fund to TEBS [OBP Fibernet (CF)]-9100000.00
Shift: FiberNet Operating Expenses from the Cable Fund to TEBS [OBP Fibernet (CF)]-13912620.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED1522738529.55
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION8000000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Replace: Funding from FY22 ARPA Funds for Digital Equity Initiative [OBP Digital Equity (Cable Fund) ]-1000000.00
Replace: Funding from FY22 ARPA Funds for FiberNet3 Build Out [OBP Fibernet (CF)]-7000000.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED00.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 REC
Expenditures
FY23 REC
FTEs
Media - Montgomery College00.0000.00
Media - Montgomery County Public Schools 00.0000.00
Connect Montgomery Alliance 9432040.0010534540.00
Media - PIO, Council, M-NCPPC186512411.5016075499.30
Montgomery Community Media 28290610.0029738590.00
Municipal Support 35639000.0036248880.00
OBP Community Engagement 11862035.0012241895.00
OBP Community Technology 16224265.5016355495.50
OBP Digital Equity (Cable Fund) 2000000.006860811.00
OBP Fibernet (CF)52596938.7524218168.75
Total1746961130.751522738529.55
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
CABLE TELEVISION
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Recommended15227.00000015227.00000015227.00000015227.00000015227.00000015227.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY230.000000-74.000000-74.000000-74.000000-74.000000-74.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including COB equipment costs and one-time vehicle, computer and tool costs, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000146.000000146.000000146.000000146.000000146.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures15227.00000015298.00000015298.00000015298.00000015298.00000015298.000000
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