Administration & Regulatory Affairs

Network Facilities (Fiber Optic) Franchises

Article XIV of Chapter 40 of the City Code of Ordinances makes it unlawful for any telecommunications provider to lay, construct, operate, offer for lease or make available for any use whatsoever any network facilities across, along, over, above, or under any public way within the limits of the city for any private or commercial purpose unless the right to do so has been granted to the telecommunications provider by a network facilities franchise. Article XIV does not apply to those providers operating as certificated telecommunications providers (CTPs) under the auspices of Chapter 283 of the Local Government Code as administered by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUC).