Oceanic Time Warner Cable has filed an application with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) to continue providing cable service in Maui County for the next 20 years. The current franchise expires at the end of the year.
DCCA welcomes comments in writing or during public meetings from the communities of Maui County as DCCA reviews OTWC's application.
An Akaku: Maui Community Television press release said, "This is a rare opportunity for residents to tell Time Warner what they need and for the DCCA to negotiate with the cable company on behalf of the residents of Maui County."
Cable franchises granted by the state also include public, education and government (PEG) access channels managed by Akaku as the media access facility for Maui County.
Akaku recommends that Oceanic Time Warner provide residents of Maui County minimum requirements in exchange for the cable company's use of valuable public rights of way to deliver cable service.
To find these suggested requirements and more information about the franchise renewal application and Community Ascertainment Report, visit www.akaku.org.
Public hearings will be held in Lahaina on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., and in Kahului on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Maui Waena Intermediate School, 795 Onehe'e Ave.
Send written testimony to: DCCA-CATV, P.O. Box 541, Honolulu, HI 96809, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (808) 586-2625. The deadline for written comments is Friday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m.
For more information call Suki Halevi at (808) 871-5554.