WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FUND THE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES NECESSARY TO KEEP PACE WITH
TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS OR OUR CUSTOMERS' DEMAND FOR NEW PRODUCTS OR
SERVICES. THIS COULD LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO COMPETE EFFECTIVELY.
The cable business is characterized by rapid technological change and the
introduction of new products and services. We cannot assure you that we will be
able to fund the capital expenditures necessary to keep pace with technological
developments, or that we will successfully anticipate the demand of our
customers for products or services requiring new technology. This type of rapid
technological change could adversely affect our plans to upgrade or expand our
systems and respond to competitive pressures. Our inability to upgrade, maintain
and expand our systems and provide enhanced services in a timely manner, or to
anticipate the demands of the market place, could adversely affect our ability
to compete. Consequently, our growth, results of operation and financial
condition could suffer materially.
WE OPERATE OUR CABLE SYSTEMS UNDER FRANCHISES WHICH ARE NON-EXCLUSIVE. LOCAL
FRANCHISING AUTHORITIES CAN GRANT ADDITIONAL FRANCHISES AND CREATE COMPETITION
IN MARKET AREAS WHERE NONE EXISTED PREVIOUSLY.
Our cable systems are operated under franchises granted by local
franchising authorities. These franchises are non-exclusive. Consequently, such
local franchising authorities can grant additional franchises to competitors in
the same geographic area. As a result, competing operators may build systems in
areas in which we hold franchises. The existence of more than one cable system
operating in the same territory is referred to as an overbuild. Overbuilds can
adversely affect our operations. We are currently aware of overbuild situations
in six of our systems and potential overbuild situations in another four of our
systems, together representing a total of approximately 89,000 customers.
Additional overbuild situations may occur in other systems.
OUR CABLE SYSTEMS ARE OPERATED UNDER FRANCHISES WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO NON-
RENEWAL OR TERMINATION. THE FAILURE TO RENEW A FRANCHISE COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT
OUR BUSINESS IN A KEY MARKET.
Our cable systems generally operate pursuant to non-exclusive franchises,
permits or licenses typically granted by a municipality or other state or local
government controlling the public rights-of-way. Many franchises establish
comprehensive facilities and service requirements, as well as specific customer
service standards and establish monetary penalties for non-compliance. In many
cases, franchises are terminable if the franchisee fails to comply with material
provisions set forth in the franchise agreement governing system operations.
Franchises are generally granted for fixed terms and must be periodically
renewed. Local franchising authorities may resist granting a renewal if either
past performance or the prospective operating proposal is considered inadequate.
Franchise authorities often demand concessions or other commitments as a
condition to renewal, which have been and may continue to be costly to us. In
certain cases, franchises have not been renewed at expiration, and we have
operated under either temporary operating agreements or without a license while
negotiating renewal terms with the local franchising authorities. We cannot
assure you that we will be able to renew these franchises in the future. In the
future, a sustained and material failure to renew a franchise could adversely
affect our business in the affected metropolitan area.