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DECISION

 

11 November 2014                                                          R19CWAC-14-11-11-M3-SOCAP

 

Connecticut Legislators

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 legislative session.

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.

 

Yours truly,

Gregory G. Davis, KB1YHW

Chairman, Area 19 Cable Advisory Council

 

 

 

 cc:

 

Mr. Nicholas Neeley

Acting Executive Secretary

Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

10 Franklin Square

New Britain, CT 06051

 

Tom Cohan

Director, Government Relations, New England/NY

508-853-1515 x 72857  Tom.Cohan@chartercom.com

Charter Communications

95 Higgins Street, Worcester, MA  01606

 

Statewide Video Advisory Council

Merja Lehtinen, Chairperson