The purpose of the Cable Television Advisory Committee is to provide advice and assistance to the Board of Selectmen in monitoring compliance with the Cable Television License Agreement and other aspects of cable television service in Concord including the local access channels.
The Cable Television Advisory Committee shall be comprised of five citizens, appointed by the Board of Selectmen for two-year terms. Initial appointments shall be staggered so that appointments expire in successive years. The committee shall elect a chairman and a clerk. The membership shall be made of citizens with diverse backgrounds and should include at least one person knowledgeable in the technical aspects of cable television service.
The Cable Television Advisory Committee was first created in 1984 when the Board of Selectmen first issued a cable television franchise agreement. In the past twenty years, the cable television industry has changed significantly, most notably in the area of rate regulation. Under federal law, local licensing authorities no longer regulate cable television rates and fees. Nevertheless, it is important that a group exist to receive and review citizen complaints and concerns about cable television service, and to communicate with the cable provider, the State regulators, other entities involved in cable service, and the local access channels.
Duties and Responsibilities
To review and be familiar with the broad terms of the cable licensing agreement between the Board of Selectmen and the franchisee;
To advise the Board of Selectmen during the negotiations for successor licensing agreements and to help insure compliance with renewal requirements;
To receive and evaluate citizen complaints, concerns, and suggestions concerning cable service, compliance with the agreement, and other aspects of cable service;
To evaluate the performance of the PEG (public, educational, and governmental) Access provider, for community access television services;
To meet with the Board of Selectmen from time to time and to advise the Board on matters concerning service, compliance, the regulatory climate, and other matters of relevance to cable subscribers;
To submit an annual report of activities to be included in the Annual Town Report.
To conduct an annual public hearing to review the performance of the PEG Access provider;
To perform such other duties related to cable service as the Selectmen may from time to time request;
To continue to investigate and to advise the Board of Selectmen on new technologies.
The Cable Television Advisory Committee is responsible for conducting its activities in compliance with all relevant State and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to, the Open Meeting Law, the Public Records Law and the Conflict of Interest Law.
The following agreements are available for review on this Web site (under "Important Documents") and in the Town Manager’s office.