The Bill Passed!!

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Maine State House of Representatives and the Maine State Senate have both officially passed bill LD1371 without amendments, and it will soon be on the way to the Governor for her to sign into law. http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/dockets.asp?ID=280072679

Following that, Charter (Spectrum) will be required to put the Community Television Channels back where they were 24 months ago and transmit them in HD if an HD signal is provided to them by the PEG originator. In addition, they will need to cable down to 15 homes per mile on all new cable franchises and comply with the other provisions outlined in the bill.

If your town is in the process of renewing their franchise, it is important that you are aware of this so you don’t sign the contract provided by Charter first which will not contain these important provisions.  

Thanks to all who contacted their legislators and provided testimony at the EUT Committee hearings. Your support made the difference!

In addition, LD 832 (also attached) was passed by the House today, this bill requires that cable television system operators offer subscribers the option of purchasing access to cable channels or programs on cable channels individually, you can follow its progress here:

http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?paper=HP0606&SessionID=13