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Put the Public in Public Access Media at the BT Hearing 5/25

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May 20, 2016

Burlington Telecom (BT) is seeking the renewal of its Certificate of Public Good (CPG) from the State of Vermont. To extend their cable TV contract for the next 11 years, BT must demonstrate that it has the technical and financial resources to provide high quality cable TV service and meet public interest requirements such as public, educational, and government (PEG) channels and funding.

In other words, BT needs to make the case that they are providing a valuable resource to the public - including the channels produced by RETN, VCAM and Channel 17. And to do this, we need to hear from you!

Please attend this special hearing of the Vermont Public Service Board:

Burlington Telecom Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Burlington City Hall

Consider making a statement about the following:

  • BT service quality.
  • How you use RETN, VCAM and Channel 17 and why they are important to you.
  • The programs and live events on these channels you watch and value.
  • How you or members of your family have been trained and use our equipment.

RETN has enjoyed a positive and active partnership with BT over the years. BT has collaborated with us and our partners at VCAM and Channel 17 to make live public events possible, offer HD channels, and to support special projects like the Civic Cloud, a public “rack space” for local projects. BT’s high quality fiber to the home cable TV system enables the company to provide services that its competitor cannot or will not.

We are asking to continue this progressive vision of what a locally controlled cable TV system can be. The conditions we negotiate in this CPG will lay the groundwork for future owners when the City of Burlington sells BT.

This is one of those moments when we emphasize the “public” in public access media. Please consider joining us May 25 to show the Vermont Public Service Board what we can do together!