Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5463

February Session, 2010

 

LCO No. 1962

 

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Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

 

Introduced by:

 

(ET)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING PERIODIC REVIEW OF VIDEO PROVIDERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2010) The Department of Public Utility Control shall bienially conduct a performance review of each person, entity or company holding a certificate of public convenience and necessity to provide community antenna television service, a certificate of cable franchise authority or a certificate of video franchise authority to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of each such certificate as applicable. The performance review may include, but not be limited to, issues concerning customer service, community access support, management of outages, service to handicapped and low-income customers and cooperation with the department. Performance reviews shall be conducted as contested cases and include an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes. The department shall have full authority to take administrative notice of all complaints filed and act upon them individually and by class of complaint. The Office of Consumer Counsel, the Attorney General and the applicable advisory council shall be entitled to full participation as parties and all parties shall have the right to appeal any determination of the department pursuant to section 16-35 of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2010

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To provide a regular review of each person, entity or company holding a certificate of public convenience and necessity to provide community antenna television service, a certificate of cable franchise authority or a certificate of video franchise authority.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]