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For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19

PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470

Email Chairman@CableAdvisoryCouncil.com

 

CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN REPORT

Gregory G. Davis

A Secure Future for Community Access Television – The May 2014 View

 

WHY THE FUTURE OF COMMUNITY ACCESS IS AT RISK

 

1.  The Designated Community Access Provider territories are NOT fixed per the original cable franchise territories.  Commercial operator territory consolidation can erase the original Community Access Provider PURA map areas. Designated Community Access production studios and Cable Advisory Councils are lost in the process.

 

2.  The looming landslide to OTT programming delivery will completely dry up the funding mechanism for community access providers.

 

3.  The future transition to Over the Top Video Distribution via the Internet is a near certainty.   Funding which supports Community Access Provider Programming and Operations will collapse. 

 

Legislative clarification and initiative is required to promote and protect a secure future for Community Access Television Producers and their Designated Community Access Providers.

 

EMAIL From Dr. Ruby O’Neill  6 May 2014

 

“I spoke to Arthur about your interest in preserving the institution of public access TV and the funding drying up because of cable subscriber attrition. He would like to meet with you after this current session ends. Perhaps it might be a good idea for you to contact other stakeholders to participate in that meeting.

The month of May is booked solid right now, meeting with constituents and attending conventions. Proposals for bills are not accepted until late Nov/December and the deadline is early January 2015, so you have time to organize the stakeholders and have productive discussions with Arthur and the stakeholders between now and then.

 

 

www.CableAdvisoryCouncil.com

For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19

PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470

Email Chairman@CableAdvisoryCouncil.com

 

A Secure Future for Community Access Television – The May 2014 View

Legislative Initiatives to Repair PA 07-253

 

A.  The CT geographical regions associated with the 24 CT cable franchise territories upon adoption of PA07-253 define the 24 independent franchise service areas for PURA Designated Community Access Providers.

 

B.  The PURA will conduct a full investigation of programming and operations of each designated community access provider and their advisory council, at least once every five years.

 

C.  The PURA may reorganize the CAP regions to better serve Community Access producers upon completion of regular PURA investigations.

 

D.  The PURA will include advisory council funding during the annual support review of the of the designated community access providers.  If no CCFA license holder exists with a CAP region, the CVFA license holders my be designated by PURA to provide the annual support.

 

E.  The PURA will manage the conversion of a Designated CAP into an independent Not-for-profit Corporation. Legal costs will be funded by the license holders party to CCFA/CVFA franchise territory reconfiguration.  The PURA will review and facilitate this process in the public interest.

 

F.  CVFA license perpetuity is conditional upon a minimum qualification for the Certified Statewide Video Provider license to be set by the PURA and to include not less than 51% of the population, towns or residential homes in the State of Connecticut, or automatically convert to the CCFA license after a probationary period not to exceed 7 years.

 

G. The Designated CAP is responsible for community access studio programming and operations funded by access subscriber fees collected within the region.  Independent studio operations supported and operated by Educational or Governmental entities within the CAP region shall have formal PURA approved MOU/MOA with the designated CAP.

 

H.  Any Entity reselling Internet service connectivity which bills on a regular and recurrent schedule to any private citizen or address within the Designated Community Access Provider Territory, will collect an access fee of ˝ of 1 % on the recurrent retail ISP billing for minimum access speeds, and will be adjusted annually by the PURA in the annual community access support review.  The community access subscriber fees will be electronically transmitted to the Designated Community Access Provider prior to the 16th day of each month.  An Annual report information relevant to the PURA is required prior to the 16th day of January every year by the ISP for the annual community access support review.