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DECISION


10 November 2015 R19CWAC-15-11-10-M1-SOCAP



Re: SAVE OUR COMMUNITY ACCESS PROVIDERS

CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL DECISION R19CWAC-15-11-10-M1-SOCAP


We the members of the Area 19 Cable Advisory Council support an initiative in the 2016 legislative session which stabilizes the funding for the CT Institution of Community Access Television by closing a loophole in the law.

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 (PURA) shall establish the fee that the company or organization responsible for community access operations shall receive from multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD's) for every customer account served under their MVPD license.


The existing law must be clarified and reinforced.


    Multichannel video programming distributors are required to collect community access support fees from their subscribers. The law should not authorize discrimination of fee collection based upon the mix of services provided to customers. It is still the same wire under the MVPD license. It is: One license, One Wire, and One Customer subscriber account. Suspending line Items from the subscriber fee collection requirements within the mix of the billable items must stop. A simple legislative clarification in the existing language of the law will close this loophole, and save the Institution of Community Access Television.


Yours truly,

Gregory G. Davis, KB1YHW

Chairman, Area 19 Cable Advisory Council