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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO CABLE PEG ACCESS ENTERPRISE FUND

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     SECTION 1.  Section 53F½ of chapter 44 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “utility”, in line 4, the following words:- , cable television public access.
     SECTION 2.  Said chapter 44 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 53F½ the following section:-
     Section 53F¾.  Notwithstanding section 53 or any other general or special law to the contrary, a municipality that accepts this section may establish in the treasury a separate revenue account to be known as the PEG Access and Cable Related Fund, into which may be deposited funds received in connection with a franchise agreement between a cable operator and the municipality.  Monies in the fund shall only be appropriated for cable-related purposes consistent with the franchise agreement, including, but not limited to: (i) support of public, educational or governmental access cable television services; (ii) monitor compliance of the cable operator with the franchise agreement; or (iii) prepare for renewal of the franchise license.

Approved, October 17, 2014.