PMC Fights the System!

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On April 10th, several people associated with Portland Media Center attended the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee meeting in support of LD1371 "An Act To Ensure Nondiscriminatory Treatment of Public, Educational and Governmental Access Channels by Cable System Operators" .

Among those speaking in support of the bill were, PMC executive Director Tom Handel, PMC Development Director, Lesley MacVane, Former PMC Board President, Tony Vigue, and PMC Host of Pachios on the News, Harold Pachios. Board member Nir Buras was also in attendance.

In addition to multiple other issues, the bill attempts to address the issue of so-called “slamming”. PMC recently experienced this practice when the cable operator which serves the Portland area changed our channel assignments from channels 2 & 5 to channels 1301 and 1303, without any public notification whatsoever beyond an on-screen notice that the content was no longer available on that channel.

For more information about the bill read more here :

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0426&item=1&snum=129