MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Public Utility Commission denied a request by Comcast to be released from a requirement to post public access TV shows in its program guide.
The commission ordered Comcast to spend $3 million to improve its program guide system to allow public access TV programming to be posted, reiterating that the requirement is necessary for Comcast to come into compliance with its certificate of public good.
Comcast is considering an appeal, The Times Argus (http://bit.ly/2vAkoiz) reported.
The Vermont Access Network, which represents 25 public access TV networks, applauded the decision released this week.
The certificate of public good renewed the terms and conditions for Comcast’s activities in Vermont for the next 11 years, including extending its cable system into underserved areas and providing additional sites to allow live remote broadcasts, the network said.
The decision means people will finally be able to now search and find programs using Comcast’s cable guide, said Rob Chapman from the central Vermont public access TV media group in Montpelier.
“For years our public access TV centers have not had the ability to list their programs on the electronic programming guide,” said Chapman, executive director of ORCA Media.
Chapman said the decision would help public access TV stations in marketing and fundraising efforts by educating the public about programming being aired in their areas.
“If I want to search for the city council meeting, it will show up. Anything that helps to make people aware of what we’re doing is beneficial,” Chapman said.