HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2342        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2682


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Ruth B. Balser and Antonio F. D. Cabral


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act supporting community access television.






Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

William M. Straus

10th Bristol

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Thomas P. Walsh

12th Essex

Mathew Muratore

1st Plymouth

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

David M. Nangle

17th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex

Solomon Goldstein-Rose

3rd Hampshire

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Brian Murray

10th Worcester

Gerard Cassidy

9th Plymouth

Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Michael J. Barrett

Third Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Jerald A. Parisella

6th Essex

Kathleen O'Connor Ives

First Essex

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Daniel Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2342        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2682

By Representatives Balser of Newton and Cabral of New Bedford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2682) of Ruth B. Balser, Antonio F. D. Cabral and others for legislation to require cable television operators to provide public, educational, and governmental access channels.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act supporting community access television.


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. Chapter 166A of the General Laws,  as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 22 the following section:-

Section 23. For the purpose of this section a cable television operator shall include multichannel video programming distributors as defined by federal law in 47 USC section 522 (7).

All cable television operators shall provide public, educational, and governmental access channels and connections so that operators of said channels may deliver, and subscribers may receive, public, educational, and governmental access channel signals equivalent in quality to local broadcast signals carried on the system, in the same formats as the primary local broadcast signals are delivered. All cable television operators shall simultaneously carry each public, educational and governmental  access channel in both a high definition format and a standard digital format in the same manner as local broadcast channels are provided. 

Further, all cable television operators shall provide public, educational and governmental access channels access to electronic programming guides so that subscribers may record, select and view public, educational and governmental access channels, in the same manner local broadcast channels and information provided with the local broadcast channels can be recorded, selected, viewed and used.