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.
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