For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19
PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470
11 November 2014 R19CWAC-14-11-11-M3-SOCAP
Legislative Building, Hartford CT
Re: SAVE OUR COMMUNITY ACCESS PROVIDERS
CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL DECISION R19CWAC-14-11-11-M3-SOCAP
Greetings Senator Duff and Representative Reed, E&T Committee Co-Chairmen
We the members of the Area 19 Cable
Advisory Council request the Energy & Technology Committee to draft a bill
that will stabilize funding for the CT Institution of Community Access
Television by language clarification to CGS 16-331a(k) in the 2015 CGA
CGS 16-331a (As written)
(k) The department shall establish the amount that the company or organization responsible for community access operations shall receive for such operations from subscribers and from multichannel video programming distributors.
(Proposed draft revision)
(k) The department shall establish the amount that the company or organization responsible for community access operations shall receive for such operations from subscribers to any services of multichannel video programming distributors.
The sole funding source for designated community access providers is collapsing.
Community access funding is directly reduced by MVPD companies deciding not to collect fees from subscribers “Cutting the Cord”, i.e. abandoning the bundled video package in favor of less expensive “Over-The-Top” video services with “a la carte” video programming. Multichannel video programming distributors have been allowed to limit their collection of community access subscriber fees to the rapidly declining pool of bundled video programming package subscribers.
The existing law must be clarified and reinforced.
The original intent of the law requiring multichannel video programming distributors to collect community access fees from all subscribers must be reinforced to include all subscribers to any services of a company granted the MVPD license. A simple clarification in the existing law will save the Institution of Community Access TV from certain destruction.
Gregory G. Davis, KB1YHW
Chairman, Area 19 Cable Advisory Council
Mr. Nicholas Neeley
Acting Executive Secretary
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
10 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
Director, Government Relations, New England/NY
508-853-1515 x 72857 Tom.Cohan@chartercom.com
95 Higgins Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Statewide Video Advisory Council
Merja Lehtinen, Chairperson