For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19
PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470
CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN'S LETTER
19 November 2013
Robert J. Kane
CT Senate District 32
P.O. Box 232 Watertown CT 06795
Room 2705 Legislative Office Building Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Gregory G. Davis, KB1YHW
Chairman, R19 Charter Western Cable Advisory Council
57 Squire Road, Roxbury CT 06783
Greetings Senator Kane
The CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Area 19 Cable Advisory Council for Charter Communications which serves the designated community access providers, and the 19 towns along the Housatonic River valley from Trumbull to Winsted in Western CT, unanimously decided the following on 12 November 2013:
The R19CWAC Cable Advisory Council supports a state-wide initiative to restore the PEGPETIA Grant Funding Program per Chapter 289 of the CT General Statutes Section 16-331. The R19CWAC further believes that Public Act 13-184, An Act Concerning Expenditures and Revenue for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2015, which diverts funds collected under the PEGPETIA Grant Program entirely into the general fund for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, directly undermines community access programming, and must not continue.
The PEGPETIA fund appears to be easy picking for budget crisis bound Governors.
Gov. Jody Rell Stole the funds for 2008-2009, and now Gov. Dannel Malloy has again raided the PEGPETIA fund for 2014-2015. This is wrong. Totally wrong.
Please take action today to restore the $3.6 million to the State Account for Community Access and Educational Technology (PEGPETIA) and give cable television customers what they paid for.
Restoring the PEGPETIA funds matters to voters in our franchise district because the program:
Offers hands-on technology skills to learners of all ages, providing a competitive advantage in a job market that gets tougher every day.
Delivers emergency information, local news about community services like Public Health programs, religious organizations, and community events at a time when solid local news coverage is rapidly shrinking.
Brings working families in our towns closer to the academic activities of our schools and school boards.
Guarantees hardworking citizens in our franchise area with media access to government meetings (Boards and Commissions) and local State Legislator forums so that citizens of every background can participate in government and exercise their constitutional freedoms no matter what the schedule demands of their jobs may be.
Is paid for by people most likely to benefit – Connecticut's cable television customers.
Please review the enclosed PEGPETIA Grant application & awards list report for 2012 -2013. This report is available on the www.CableAdvisoryCouncil.org website here:
While recovering this fund may be a pipe dream for the next budget cycle,
– Please DO NOT let any CT Governor raid the PEGPETIA fund again. –
Gregory G. Davis, KB1YHW
Chairman, Charter Western Advisory Council
encl: Chairman's 2-yr. PEGPETIA Grants List Report