Cable Franchise 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.

The Amherst Bulletin published an editorial this week encouraging the Town to "bring its 'A' game" to the negotiations as it seeks a contract to benefit Amherst cable subscribers and citizens over the next ten years in exchange for the legal rights and rights of way necessary for Comcast to provide services to the town.

It remains to be seen whether the town will end the Cable Advisory Committee formation or revise its charge to oversee issues relevant to the cable franchise over the term of the contract.

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Feb 24, 2017

In an age of mass media consolidation, access to public information to insure government transparency is more vital than ever. Amherst Media, one of the oldest community access centers in the country providing that kind of transparency to its community, is in a contract dispute with the Town of Amherst. And as with many other such centers across the country over the last ten years, its future is far from certain.

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Cable Franchise Negotiations Update
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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.