State Rep. James Arciero. COURTESY PHOTO

Westford’s State Representative Backs Bill in Support of Community Access TV Stations

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State Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford) issued a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez backing S. Bill 2577, An Act to Support Community Access Television.

The Senate passed the measure in June, but when it reached the House, the bill appeared to be languishing in the Ways and Means Committee.

The bill is designed to give community access television stations the ability to broadcast in high definition and have individual programs offered on a television screen guide, allowing viewers to know what’s airing and when.

In his July 19 letter, Arciero wrote, “…this important legislation would compel large cable companies to allow community media access to High Definition channel space and the right to publicize scheduling information on Electronic Programming Guides.”

The bill must be acted upon before Legislators end the current session on July 31.

Click here to read the letter: Senate Bill 2577

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