For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19
PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470
FUTURE OF COMMUNITY ACCESS
Report by Gregory G. Davis 09 July 2013
The Future of Community Access Television is NOT SECURE because of legislative shortcomings in PA07-253. Cable TV Companies are allowed to interpret the act for commercial advantage which is in direct violation of the spirit of the law that created the institution of Community Access Television. The very existence of the Cable Advisory Council is on a certain path to extinction. This is a destruction to an essential pillar supporting the institution of community access television.
A Proposal to add Legislative Qualification to operate under CVFA License Class
The CVFA license holder must demonstrate ability to provide competitive video services for at least 51% of the CT State Population, and covering a total territory of at least 13 of the 24 PURA map areas. If this standard cannot be demonstrated within 36 months of license issue, the CVFA must be Reclassified as a CCFA operation. Designated Community Access Providers operated by legacy Cable Companies and their associated Cable Advisory Councils will continue normal operations during the CVFA build out qualification. Once the CVFA license has vested with the Statewide video services provider, the designated community access provider operated by the legacy Cable company shall be reorganized as an independent not-for-profit company serving a PURA defined territory. A cable advisory Council shall continue to serve the Designated community Access provider as specified in the CCFA sections of CT Law.
Of Note to R19CWAC territory: ATT has no intention of providing video programming service competition to the following geographical areas currently served by Charter Communications including: Areas of Washington, Kent (Region 1), Areas of Southbury (Region 15), Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Harwinton, New Hartford, or Winchester. Note that on a town wide support basis, “State-wide provider” ATT U-verse is available in only 63% of the Charter Communications territory (12 of 19 towns). Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, Metrocast, have applied for and received State-wide video provider licenses – all providing far less “State-wide” coverage as compared to ATT.
NONE OF THESE LEGACY CABLE COMPANIES CAN BE REMOTELY CONSIDERED TO BE PROVIDERS OF STATE-WIDE VIDEO PROGRAMMING SERVICES as defined in the spirit of the language introducing competetive video services in PA07-253.
B. Formalize the Institutional existence and role of the Community Access Providers with their associated Advisory Council in the 24 remaining PURA MAP area defined regions, independent of the Franchise area cable company consolidations and operations. The advisory council functions must be transparent to the license class, similar to the CAP funding provisions.