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Cable Franchise Negotiations Update

On Monday, September 29, The Amherst Select Board again took up the issue of the 10-year, likely to either accept the currently negotiated draft or issue a preliminary denial. Town Manager Paul Bockelman reported that negotiations with Comcast will continue until the eleventh hour of the current contract–October 13th. At Bockelman's suggestion, the Select Board removed the Cable Advisory Committee from the negotation team and replaced them with two members of the Select Board–Andrew Steinberg and Doug Slaughter.

Action Update

On Monday, September 26th, the Amherst Select Board will vote to accept or preliminarily reject a cable contract proposal by Comcast for permission to provide cable services to the town.

The Amherst Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) has requested the Town Manager and the Select Board reject the current renewal contract proposed by Comcast unless the contract meets two criteria:

CAC chair Dee Shabazz reports to the Amherst Select Board

On Monday, August 15, the Amherst Select Board rejected the Comcast franchise proposal and sent the contract back for further negotiations. 

Amherst Media

The President of the Board of Amherst Media, Steven D. Brewer, speaking for the Executive Committee, has drafted a letter to the Amherst Select Board and Cable Advisory Committee urging them to not accept the tentative agreement with Comcast negotiated by the outgoing temporary town manager and to press Comcast to meet the needs of the community as expressed in the cable reascertainment hearings. Read more for the full letter.

Action Update

Update update: Temporary Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner will tonight encourage the Select Board sign off on the contract as it currently stands. The Cable Advisory Committee today proposed via consensus that the Select Board hold off at this time to allow for further discussion on the outstanding issues, including Comcast's denial of HD, access to the Electronic Program Guide, capital expenditures, and other items.

If you wish to contact the Select Board on this topic, you can send an email to selectboard@amherstma.gov.

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