Section 2. There shall be within the department of telecommunications and cable a division of community antenna television. Subject to section 4 of chapter 25C, the commissioner of the department shall have all the powers and duties under this chapter including, but not limited to: presiding at hearings pursuant to section 2A; maintaining or intervening in an action pursuant to section 12; hearing appeals and issuing enforcement orders pursuant to section 14; regulating rates pursuant to section 15; adopting regulations pursuant to section 16; enforcement powers pursuant to section 17; and all other authority to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this chapter. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, appeals taken from the orders of the department shall be taken in the same manner and according to the same procedure for the department of public utilities established in section 5 of chapter 25.
As of December 31, 2001, and annually thereafter, the department shall report to the general court concerning the appeals that came before the division for that particular calendar year. The report shall detail the nature of each appeal and its outcome. Each annual report shall be filed with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives who shall forward the same to the joint committee on energy and the house and senate committees on ways and means. The report shall be made available to the public by the department.