Plan to Attend Public Hearing in Augusta!

This morning community access stations, municipal leaders and supporters of PEG Media received this important call to action from CTAM’s past president, Tony Vigue:

Good morning friends,

Our legislation LD1371, “An Act To Ensure Nondiscriminatory Treatment of Public, Educational and Governmental Access Channels by Cable System Operators” is scheduled to be heard at the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Room 211 in the Cross building next to the Capitol in Augusta on April 10. There is one other bill regarding net neutrality to be heard before ours beginning at 8am

If you plan to attend and present testimony that day, remember you have to bring 20 copies of your testimony for the clerk, Abben Maguire. See her note below and the morning schedule attached. You will need to arrive early to sign in if you plan to speak. 

I can’t emphasize enough how important this meeting is. If the Committee decides “ought not to pass”, that will essentially end the work we have done for the last 18 months and allow the cable operators in Maine to continue on their present path of discriminatory treatment of Community Television stations here in Maine.  

Every voice counts, municipal officials, PEG station managers, the non-profits that we serve in our communities, and the general public all have a stake in the outcome of this bill. Please plan to attend and testify or submit testimony as to the importance of or PEG channels in your community. 

Email testimony referencing LD1371 may be sent to the Committee Clerk Abben Maguire at: 

EUT@legislature.maine.gov

A note to your legislator at this time would also be appropriate. Feel free to include the attached information and these links to the story in the press. 

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/03/06/our-view-dont-allow-public-access-tv-to-get-pushed-aside/  

https://wgme.com/news/local/maine-public-access-stations-want-their-channels-back 

I am attaching a copy of our bill, a tri-fold brochure explaining the bill and also a press release.

opens in links:

CTAM TRI-FOLD V5

LD1371 - nondiscrimination bill

downloads:

CTAM PR 3-21-19

PH20190410 0800 AM

Please distribute to those in your organization who may have an interest to testify.

Thank you,

Tony Vigue for CTAM

516 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

www.ctamaine.org