www.CableAdvisoryCouncil.com

For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19

PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470

Email Chairman@CableAdvisoryCouncil.com


FUTURE OF COMMUNITY ACCESS

Proposal by Gregory G. Davis 9 September 2013


This proposal of recommended PURA and Legislative action seeks to promote a secure future for the designated Community Access Provider which enables community based producers to create meaningful programming for Community Access Television.


The Future of Community Access Television is NOT SECURE because of legislative loopholes in PA07-253. The very existence of the Cable Advisory Council, an essential pillar supporting the institution of community access television, is on a certain path to extinction.


The institution of community access television is established in CT law. The operations of the designated community access provider with their associated advisory council are independent of local subscriber choice for video service provider companies.


Note: A CT license to operate as a Multiple Video Program Provider Company is required.

The choices are:

CCFA = Certificate of Cable Franchise Authority, CVFA = Certificate of Video Franchise Authority

CPCN = Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity


PROPOSALS TO ASSURE A MORE SECURE FUTURE FOR COMMUNITY ACCESS:


1. PURA defined franchise map areas for the designated community access provider should be established as independent of, and remain as independent of future cable company franchise consolidations and operations. PURA should reconfigure the community access franchise territories as needed to continue serving the goals of local community access television producers from time to time.


2. The CVFA operating license should be available to qualified State-wide Video Providers. The CVFA license holder should demonstrate ability to provide competitive video services for at least 51% of the CT State Population, and covering a total territory of at least 51% of the PURA community access franchise map areas. If this standard cannot be demonstrated within 60 months of license issue, the CVFA should automatically convert to CCFA operation. A period of seven years from the original CVFA license application should pass before any business entity intending to utilize previously installed wiring and plant distribution equipment may reapply for the CVFA.







www.CableAdvisoryCouncil.com

For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19

PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470

Email Chairman@CableAdvisoryCouncil.com


FUTURE OF COMMUNITY ACCESS

Proposal by Gregory G. Davis 3 September 2013



3. Designated Community Access Providers operated by legacy Cable Companies and their associated Cable Advisory Councils should continue with 'Grandfathered' operation under CCFA rules during any build out qualification period for vesting the status as a state-wide video provider for the CVFA license. Once the CVFA has vested with the qualified Statewide video services provider, the designated community access provider operated by the legacy cable company should be reorganized as an independent, not-for-profit company serving the PURA defined map area. Transitional costs establishing the independent not-for-profit designated community access provider should be the responsibility of the CVFA license holder and approved by the PURA.


4. An advisory Council shall continue to serve the Designated Community Access provider as set forth in CT law. In the absence of any qualified CCFA “competitive video services” company operating within the designated community access franchise area, the annual fee supporting the advisory council would be paid by the holders of the CVFA licenses for the designated PURA territory.



Respectfully submitted,




Gregory G. Davis, KB1YHW

Chairman, R19 Charter Western Advisory Council