To the Editor:
A Cable TV Advisory Council meeting was held on Wednesday, February 26, 2017 with WFSB and Cablevision in Thomaston on the forced Channel 3 blockage to our area.
I was asked to write a list of action items that the people can help take a part in stopping this blockage and updating cable service to meet our current needs for the public.
Public support and action is needed to get our state and federal government to bring the FCC broadcaster and cable regulations up-to-date for our current needs.
The FCC rules on broadcasters and cable TV have not changed much in decades, certainly not enough to handle the changes in how the people use and depend on these services today.
Most of these rules predate the Internet when TV was an NTSC uncompressed signal that required the entire bandwidth of a cable system to carry 120 channels. Today TV is highly compressed to less than 20% of the transport and ethernet is the major signal. There is no quality of signal in place for the compressed TV or streaming video. This needs to change.
We are also locked into a sole source of programming at our homes with one cable company without price controls and no competition allowed to us. This needs to change.
Currently most of the western part of CT that is served by Cablevision has no CBS network access due to a disagreement in fees due for the service by the broadcaster. Every business has the right to make a profit and be paid for services rendered.
However, the increase requested is 280%, 3 cents per subscriber per day. There are 250,000 subscribers in CT. This is over $2,700,000 a year increase. Currently 200,000 of the 250,000 in Fairfield and southern areas get CBS out of NYC. Only the 50,000 of us in Litchfield County get nothing from CBS. continued