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Hawaiian Telcom’s Application For Cable Franchise

April 8, 2011

Aloha,

As you may know, Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc. (HTSC) is seeking a cable franchise – not to replace Oceanic Time Warner Cable – but rather to co-exist as a direct competitor.  The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) has scheduled two public hearings to receive community input on the application.  The time and location of the hearings are as follows:  Wednesday, April 13, 2011, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Kapolei Middle School, Cultural Center, 91-5335 Kapolei Parkway,  Kapolei, HI 96707 and Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Washington Middle School, Cafeteria, 1633 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814.

‘Ōlelo  Community Media will be testifying that our interest with respect to the application is to ensure that both subscribers and the community producers receive PEG access services at least comparable to those currently received from Oceanic Time Warner.  We will not be taking an active position of either supporting or opposing Hawaiian ‘s application.  

HTSC’s application states that they are willing to provide comparable PEG  funding and service quality.  We do not believe that issues such as reduced PEG funding or the splitting of P, E, & G are in question, nor do we expect them to be a topic of discussion.  These hearings are a great opportunity to share your ideas on how Hawaiian Telcom can best serve your community as a potential cable service provider.  Anyone interested can attend the hearings, listen to the testimony, and share any thoughts that you would like to have considered by the DCCA. If you would like to view a copy of the HTSC application, it can be viewed at the following link: 

http://hawaii.gov/dcca/catv/cable_operators/hawaiian_/hawaiian–services-co.-inc-application-for-cable-service-amendment-restatement-november-5-2010/Bookmarked_non-confidential_application_FINAL.pdf

Please note that the application is 307 pages long.  The portion relating to Public, Education and Government (PEG) access television is in section III G, which is on pages 8 and 9 of the application.

Warmest regards,

Roy K. Amemiya, Jr.
President and CEO
‘Ōlelo Community Media

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