An Act to Ensure Non-Discriminatory Treatment of Public, Educational, & Governmental Access Stations by Cable System Operators

NCTA - The Internet & Television Association   has filed an injunction against  the  PEG NonDiscrimination Law.  The State Attorney General's office  along with the Community Television Association of Maine have been working diligently to get all the required information from public access stations in Maine.  



T
he Community Television Association of Maine celebrated passage of Bill LD1371.  It passed the Senate and the House!  It is onto the Governor for signature!  Ninety (90) days after it becomes law.

The Community Television Association of Maine was instrumental in passage and we hope the provisions in this bill make it easier for access stations in Maine to send their signal out in HighDef and to add thier program guide to the TV Channel line up.  Mostly, we are happy for all the channels slammed into the 1300's which will be returned to their previous locations.  This bill will help expand broadband, requiring 15 homes/mile rather than 30, which we believe will help expand broadband to our rural areas.

Thank you to all who helped by calling, writing, emailing and talking about our bill.  We are very grateful for your assistance.

Pacious in The News - An Interview with Tony Vigue.


Pachios On The News - Tony Vigue from Community TV of Maine on Vimeo.

 
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. 

 

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