FCC UPDATES / MAINE PEG BILL

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Wednesday  8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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Friday           8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 *Thursdays are flexible days - dependent on events and training needs



The battle with the FCC has moved to Congress and they have regulatory oversight over the Commission.   The most effective way for us to counteract the FCC Rule is through direct contact with your Representatives.  Please ask them to tell the FCC they disapprove of the agency's actions in the rule-making.  

Or

Click Here to send a template letter via email.  All that is needed is your zip code which brings up all Maine Representatives for your area.  You then have a template letter already created which you can either change or accept and then fill in your contact information.  The letter will be emailed and you will receive a confirmation that it was received.

FCC Open Commission Meeting  Here you will find all the documents presented, the agenda, and additional information:

This summary was released by the Alliance for Community Media:

FNPRM on Cable Franchising
Summary: The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Cable Franchising
There will be public comment and reply deadlines this Fall. The FCC may issue a ruling in 2019.
Impact on communities and PEG: The FCC is proposing to rule that all “In-Kind” cable franchise obligations other than PEG capital costs and build-out requirements are a “franchise fee” under the Cable Act and thus count against the 5% franchise fee cap. The FCC would define “In-Kind” contributions so broadly as to undermine the Cable Act’s intent to provide franchise fees to communities for use of public rights of way. Any non-monetary benefit could conceivably be charged back against franchise fees – from backhaul services, to electronic program guides, to the value of PEG channel capacity itself. The charge backs would be at fair market value as determined by the cable industry, so we believe in some areas franchise fees might be eliminated in their entirety.
 

Wireless OrderSummary: The FCC has issued a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order on Wireless Infrastructure https://www.fcc.gov/

document/streamlining-deployment-next-generation-wireless-infrastructure).Impact on communities and PEG: The impact on towns, cities and counties will be immediate – the Order severely limits local control over siting of wireless facilities, and limits the compensation for the use of public rights of way to direct costs. Limiting right-of-way compensation to costs will cost communities billions of dollars in revenue and will increase political pressure at state level and in Congress to reduce or eliminate cable franchise fees of all types.
 
MAINE PUBLIC - EDUCATION - GOVERNMENT (PEG) NON-DISCRIMINIATION BILL
 
The Community Television Association of Maine members have submitted a bill to be presented before the Maine Legislature in the next session.  This bill addresses many issues municipalities have had when negotiating with the cable provider.  It also addresses issues public access stations have brought up such as:
 
  • Let us broadcast in HighDef - same as all other channels
  • Let us provide our program line up to be shown with all others - for a fee of course.
  • Stop sending our channels into the 1300's.  Public Access means everyone can get our programming

For municipalities, it strengthens language surrounding negotiation renewals, distance and number of houses required for expansion, and time frames.

For additional information please visit the Community Television Association of Maine's website. 

If you would like to help Berwick Community TV and other public access stations to pass this bill, please contact your Senator and Representative - Ask them to support the PEG Non-Discrimination Bill.

Here is a template you can use to mail/email your representatives - PEG Support Letter Template


 
The BCTV Director welcomes all and schedules alternative times
for anyone wishing to borrow or be trained on equipment.  
 
If you have a video that you would like to submit to BCTV for airing on Channel 22,
please call 207-698-1101 ext. 153 or email us at
 
If you have an event you would like BCTV to cover,
please let us know in advance by either calling us at 207-698-1101 ext. 153, or email: BCTVCh22@GMAIL.COM.
 
Non-Profits - Do you have an upcoming event?  Are you looking for new members?
Consider a public service announcement (PSA).  We run PSA slides every (3) hours (on the hour) throughout the day and evening.  We would be happy to assist in creation.

BERWICK COMMUNITY TV STAFF & VOLUNTEERS 

Bobbi Jo Hutchins - Broadcast Technician
Maureen Nikitas - Volunteer - Videographer
Ralph Morang - Videographer Berwick Library
Liz McGranaghan - Slideshow Coordinator

We are looking for VIDEO EDITORS
Add title/date-beginning/ending slide to complete video
OR Be creative with an event
Please keep in mind all work is subject to review by Coordinator and/or Committee prior to posting
 
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Director - Terri Wright
 
Lisa Huestis - Chair
Sandi Keys 
Richard Moore
Ralph Morang
 
We currently have 1 opening on our BCTV Committee. 
Residents interested may contact the Director and/or the Committee Chair.
 
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
 
NEXT BCTV COMMITTEE MEETING
June 4, 2019
6:00 PM - Burgess Meeting Room 
 
 

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