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What is the MTA?
Overview

Marin Telecommunications Agency (MTA)
The Marin Telecommunications Agency is a joint powers authority that administers the Comcast, AT&T and Horizon State cable franchises (DIVCA) on behalf of its members and developing policy related to telecommunications services in Marin County, including cable, broadband, and related services. It was formed in 1998 to negotiate and administer cable television franchises for its member agencies.

It is governed by an 10-member Board of Directors composed of elected representatives that are appointed from MTA's member agencies including a Supervisor from the County of Marin Board of Supervisors, and a council member from each of the member cities / towns including Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon.

The MTA Board of Directors Regular Board meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December of each year.  They are held at the Corte Madera Town council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA.  The Chair and Vice Chair are chosen each February by the Board membership.

The Board has one standing committee, the Finance and Policy Committee which meets on an as needed basis.

The Mission of the MTA is to be the key policy-making and coordinating body related to telecommunications matters in Marin.  This is in line with the core values that have defined the MTA throughout its history of promoting availability, accessibility, affordability and public inclusion in the advancement and enhancement of telecommunications infrastructure and services in Marin.   

California State Franchise for Video Services
AT&T, Comcast and Horizon Cable are the three Video Service providers that provide video services within Marin County.  They provide video services under the California State Franchise they have each filed with and received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  The CPUC is therefore the franchising authority for video services provided within in Marin County.  The State Franchises are provided by legislation passed in 2006 (AB 2987) called "Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act (DIVCA).