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

The 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. 

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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