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Cable Customer Bill of Rights

In early 1999, the Seattle City Council held numerous public hearings and received many comments about cable services. You told us that you wanted better service - and we listened. The City's Office of Cable Communications worked with City Council to develop your Cable Customer Bill of Rights to ensure that cable customers in Seattle would get competent, responsive service from the cable companies. The Bill of Rights also established procedures and remedies if you haven't gotten competent, responsive service. The Bill of Rights was recently updated in April 2015.

Seattle is currently one of very few cities that has a Bill of Rights for its citizens who subscribe to television cable services*. We believe that the Bill will help us - you, the cable companies, and the City of Seattle - work together for excellent customer satisfaction.

*cable internet and cable phone services are not under City regulatory authority. These non-cable TV service issues can be sent to the Federal Communications Commission at FCC Consumer Help Center

What does the Cable Customer Bill of Rights Do?

The Cable Customer Bill of Rights has been working to accomplish several things. Our primary goal is to help you get the best service possible! To achieve this, the Bill of Rights established levels and quality of service to ensure your satisfaction. Specific areas covered in the Bill are Courtesy, Accessibility, Responsiveness, Services for Customers with Disabilities, Customer Information, Customer Privacy, Safety, Satisfaction Guarantee, a Complaint Procedure and Credits to Customers.

The Bill calls for employees of the cable companies to "be courteous, knowledgeable and helpful" and "provide effective and satisfactory service in all contacts with Customers."

The Bill of Rights requires cable companies to meet standards for Accessibility. These include having walk-in service centers open weekdays until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and local or toll free telephone access lines available during normal business hours for service or repair requests or to answer questions about your bill. The Accessibility provisions also require that your phone calls are answered promptly and that you do not get a busy signal. Last, the Accessibility provisions require the cable companies to have dispatchers and technicians on call 24 hours a day, every day, for emergency purposes.

Responsiveness is also addressed in the Cable Customer Bill of Rights. The Bill requires standard installations for tv service within seven days of your request and within any available four-hour block of time. In the event of system outages, Responsiveness regulations require correction within 2 to 24 hours, depending on the extent of the outage and its source. Clear reception requirements are spelled out, as are regulations for treatment of your property, including landscaping. Responsiveness provisions also discuss billing procedures, including credits, refunds, and deposits as well as what customer service representatives can do for you when you call with a complaint.

Services for Customers with Disabilities are required under the Cable Customer Bill of Rights. Your cable company provides these services at no charge. Under provisions of Customer Privacy, your cable company is prohibited from monitoring what programs you watch without your prior written consent. They are also prohibited from selling your name or information about you to anyone else, without your prior written consent.

The Cable Customer Bill of Rights also specifies that when the cable company installs your service, they must provide you with various types of information, including a complete version of the Cable Customer Bill of Rights, which this brochure summarizes; products and services offered and their prices; installation and service maintenance policies; and policies about your privacy. Your cable company is also required to provide information on programs carried, channels and any changes to programming or channel positions.

Safety provisions in the Bill of Rights require that cable installation and equipment meet laws guaranteeing your safety and that of your property. In the event that a potential unsafe condition is reported to your cable company, they must respond immediately to correct the unsafe condition.

The Cable Customer Bill of Rights also values Customer Satisfaction, requiring your cable company to guarantee your satisfaction for new or additional cable service.

How Do I Get the Cable Company to Help Me?

Another major component of the Cable Customer Bill of Rights is procedures for your cable company's handling your calls. In addition to courteous service, under the Bill of Rights you are also entitled to a rapid response (all questions or complaints must be answered within 15 days). If you do not agree with the response, or do not hear from your cable company within 15 days, please get in touch with us, your City of Seattle Office of Cable Communications. You can call our Cable Hotline at 206-684-8498 or 206-386-1989 weekdays or e-mail us via To help ensure that your cable company can provide good service, please read the Tips for Getting Good Service listed below.

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