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Thursday, 09 August 2012 10:03

What Rent does Oceanic Time Warner pay for use of Public Rights of Way.

Written by Lou Diliberto
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Oceanic Time Warner Cable TV will be renewing itʻs 20 year franchises for the County of Maui and the Lahaina/West Maui franchise next year.  Itʻs time for the local organizations and the public to ask Oceanic what rent it will be paying us in exchange for you use of the public rights of way for the next 20 years. In the next two weeks, Akakū will hold information meetings with community members and organizational partners to discuss this important issue.

From wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_television_franchise_fee

A cable television franchise fee in the United States stems from a community’s basic right to compensation a community receives in exchange for the cable operator’s occupation and the right-of-way use of public property. A franchise fee is not a tax; it is a rental charge.

Franchise fees are governed under Section 622 of the Cable Communications Act of 1984. Section 622, states that municipalities are entitled to a maximum of 5% of gross revenues derived from the operation of the cable system for the provision of cable services such as Public, educational, and government access (PEG) TV channels.

 

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) has scheduled public infromational meetings for the renewal of Oceanic Time Warner Cable (OTWC) franchise in Maui County. 

The hearings will occur in

Kaunakakai Lahaina Wailuku
DATE: Monday August 27, 2012

TIME: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Kulana ‘Oiwi DHHL/OHA Conference Room
600 Maunaloa Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

DATE: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: West Maui Senior Center, Multi Purpose Room
788 Pauoa Street
Lahaina, HI 96761

DATE: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

TIME: 4:30 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: J. Walter Cameron Center, Auditorium
95 Mahalani Street
Wailuku, HI 96793


The meetings will be a time when the public will be allowed to speak out to present their views of Oceanic Time Warner services in Maui County.  The DCCA will take written testimony until September 14, 2012.  


You can view the details on the DCCA website, http://hawaii.gov/dcca/catv/twc-maui-county. On the site you can also find a customer satisfaction survey for OTWC customers to complete by the September 14th deadline for comments.

In addition, the DCCA will also be hearing public and written testimony on the services that Akakū Maui Community Television provides in Maui County. This testimony and written will be used to determine whether the DCCA should grant Akakū Maui Community Television the designation as the Public, Educational and Government Access organization for the County of Maui. On the DCCA site you will also find a questionnaire on Community Needs and Akakū Services for residents to complete and return by the September 14th deadline for written comments.

If you have any questions or comments on this process you can contact Akakū for more information and an action plan for these meetings. Please contact us at 871-5554.  Akakū will be holding itʻs own community informational meetings on the OTWC franchise renewal and the PEG Access designation for Akakū shortly. Please stay tuned for the dates of these information meetings.

 

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