Cable TV Commission

Meetings & Makeup

The Cable TV Commission was created by ordinance in February 2012 when the City Council dissolved the Cable Regulatory Commission and the Cable Tele-Programming Commission.  The commission consists of seven members and meets as needed.

The Commission will meet in City Hall Annex at 1300 Main Street unless a different location is specified on the individual meeting agenda.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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The Cable TV Commission advises the City Council on matters pertaining to cable regulation in Dubuque and the use of the local access channels and facilities by

  • developing policies for the use of equipment, access channel scheduling, the daily regulation of the cable franchise, the resolution of subscriber complaints, and other matters pertaining to community programming;
  • encouraging interest in and development of decidedly local programming;
  • making recommendations for the expenditure of funds for access equipment; and
  • monitoring the operation of the cable system.


The City’s previous cable television franchise agreement with Mediacom included an annual grant program to purchase equipment with which to produce local public, educational, and governmental programming. Qualified organizations – those with a principal place of business within City limits or a principal regular meeting place within City limits – may apply for funding from this program.


The process is as follows:

  • Submit a grant application along with the necessary quotes to the Public Information Office so a Cable TV Commission meeting can be scheduled to review the application.
  • The Cable TV Commission will consider the application and make a recommendation to the City Council.
  • Upon City Council approval, the organization will need to enter into an agreement with the City of Dubuque for the proper use of the equipment. A typical agreement includes, but is not limited to, the requirement that:
    • The equipment be used solely for non-commercial purposes
    • A minimum amount of programming be produced and aired on the appropriate access channel in Dubuque each quarter of the calendar year
    • An annual report be sent to the Cable TV Commission listing programming that was produced to fulfill the grant requirement
    • The City maintains ownership of the equipment
  • Once the agreement is signed, the organization will work with the Public Information to purchase the equipment in the grant application.

Department Contact: Media Services