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CHAIRMAN REPORT

ACCESS INTERCONNECTION

Summary of Council Initiatives September 2012 – August 2013


R19CWAC-12-09-11-M4 (11 September 2012 Council Meeting Decision)

Re:  Cable Advisory Council - Charter Communications Western, CAP region 19 Motion 12-09-11-M4 (passed 15/0) to 1. Request a report in writing from Charter Communications to honestly and openly describe any obstacles that prevent interconnection of the Designated Community Access Provider Channel with ATT U-Verse.  2. Request that PURA consider further action to facilitate the interconnection of the access & education channels between Charter Communications and ATT U-Verse.


5 November 2012 PURA RESPONSE to R19CWAC-12-09-11-M4


The Interconnection Filing requests that the Authority consider taking further

action to facilitate the interconnection of Charter and AT&T U-verse facilities which

would allow AT&T U-verse subscribers residing in the Charter service territory to view

Charter-produced community and educational access programming. Conn. Gen. Stat.

Section 16-331a(n) prohibits a community antenna television company or nonprofit

organization from refusing to negotiate in good faith regarding interconnection of their

operations with other community antenna television companieserving the same video

service area. The Authority may facilitate negotiations between a cable company or

nonprofit organization and any other community antenna television company regarding

interconnection of community access operations, if requested by the negotiating parties.

As of the date of this correspondence, neither Charter nor AT&T U-verse has requested

that the Authority assume the role of facilitator. The Authority shares the Advisory

Council's concern regarding the absence of an interconnection agreement between

Charter and AT&T U-verse. However, Connecticut law only permits the Authority to

facilitate negotiations and only if so requested by one or both of the negotiating parties.

The Authority cannot, as a matter of law, order Charter and AT&T U-verse to reach an

interconnection agreement by any specific date. Neither can the Authority require that

the parties accept or sign an interconnection agreement that it crafted. The Authority

assures the Advisory Council that it will act as facilitator pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat.

Section 16-331a(n), if so requested.


R19CWAC-12-11-13-M2 (13 November 2012 Council Meeting Decision)

Re:  Cable Advisory Council - Charter Communications Western, CAP region 19 Motion R19CAC-12-11-13-M2 Access Interconnection (passed 9/0) for submission to PURA CATV Docket # 13-01-06 - Annual Community Access Support Review. The Cable Advisory Council will serve to promote Community Access interconnection between cable and video program providers serving CT PURA Map area 19, for (P)ublic, (E)ductional, and (G)overnment groups of community based television program producers.

 







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CWAC ACTIONS SUMMARY – INTERCONNECTION SUPPORT



R19CWAC-13-03-12-M1 ( 12 March 2013 Council Meeting Decision) & Exception to

PURA Draft Decision Docket # 13-01-06 - Annual Community Access Review

Cable Advisory Council - Charter Communications Western, CAP region 19 Motion R19CAC-13-03-12-M1 (passed 12/0) Community Access Denial of Service for submission to PURA CATV Docket # 13-01-06 - Annual Community Access Review.

Active Members (approximately 25%) serving on the Cable Advisory Council are being denied their right to view programming for which they have paid from their Designated Community Access Provider in PURA Map area 19 because they have selected AT&T U-Verse as their Certified Video Program Provider.  Dedicated advisory council members who volunteer their time and expertise are seriously impaired in their duties as specified in CGS 16-331a(b), 16-331a(c1), 16-331a(c8), 16-331a(g), 16-331a(h).  This cable advisory council submits that PURA should investigate this denial of service in the Annual Community Access Review and issue the order to interconnect.


PURA RESPONSE to CWAC Exception in the FINAL DECISION 13-01-06: Section II, B:


In a letter dated March 18, 2013, the Charter Western Advisory Council (CWAC) stated that approximately 25% of the subscribers in the Charter Western service area are being denied their right to view community access programming because it is not available in AT&T’s channel line-up and in turn impairs the duties of the CWAC. Consequently, the CWAC requests that the PURA investigate this denial of service and order AT&T and Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter) to interconnect.


In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. §16-331h(b) the Authority can only encourage good faith negotiations regarding the interconnection of community access operations where such interconnection is technically feasible or necessary and at the request of a competitive video service provider, community antenna television company or provider of community access operations. The PURA may also facilitate these negotiations for such interconnection. Therefore, the Authority hereby encourages AT&T and Charter to enter into an interconnection agreement and stands by to facilitate any negotiations.


R19CWAC-13-05-14-M1 (14 May 2013 Council Meeting Decision)

Re: Cable Advisory Council CAP region 19 - Charter Communications Western,Motion R19CWAC-13-05-14-M1 CAP Interconnect Advisory for Charter Communications (passed 14/0) as follows:

The cable advisory council recommends that Charter Communications send a letter to Dr. Andrew House at the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority requesting assistance with an interconnect agreement between Charter Communications and ATT U-Verse for the designated community access provider in PURA CAP area 19.


Charter Communications Response to R19CWAC-13-05-14-M:

No Response.

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CWAC ACTIONS SUMMARY – INTERCONNECTION SUPPORT



R19CWAC-13-07-09-M1 (9 July 2013 Council Meeting Decision)



Re: Cable Advisory Council CAP region 19 - Charter Communications Western,Motion R19CWAC-13-07-09-M1 CAP INTERVENOR, passed 14-0.

The cable advisory council requests a docket to be opened with the CT PURA which recognizes the protracted LACK of ACTION between ATT U-Verse and Charter Communications to interconnect the Designated Community Access Television Programming as a contested case resulting in denial of service for 5+ years to local customers and volunteer representatives serving the Cable Advisory Council. The Charter Western Advisory Council has drafted and passed 4 Specific motions to move this interconnect negotiation forward since September 2011, all with no action taken by AT&T or Charter. The CWAC therefore submits this is a contested case of inaction, and as intervenor, requests PURA negotiation assistance to achieve this interconnection agreement.



15 July 2013 PURA Response to R19CWAC-13-07-09

Re: Docket No. 13-07-09 - Charter Western Advisory Council Request

for PURA Negotiation Assist with Access Interconnect Between

AT&T and Charler Communications

Dear Mr. Davis:

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (Authority) acknowledges receipt of your

letter dated July 9, 2013, filed on behalf of the Charter Western Advisory Council

(Council), requesting that the Authority facilitate negotiations between The Southern

New England Telephone Company, dlbla AT&T Connecticut, and Charter

Communications pertaining to interconnection for community access television

programming. Section 16-331h(b) of the General Statutes of Connecticut limits

requests for interconnection facilitation by the Authority from competitive video service

providers, community antenna television companies or providers of community access

operations. Since the Council is not one of these entities, the above-referenced request

is hereby denied.