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April 28, 2011

Aloha,

Today is a historic day for community access television in Hawai’i.  At 1:00 pm this afternoon, Governor Abercrombie signed House Bill 112 into law.  This law puts an end to an issue that began five years ago when the State Procurement Office decided that all PEG contracts would need to be put out for bid.  Over the last five years, you have stood shoulder to shoulder with ‘Olelo in opposition to the kind of procurement that was being recommended.  Many of you provided testimony, several times over, to help inform the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), the State Procurement Office and our State Legislators of the potential harm to community access television that could  result from a bidding process.

In his remarks, the Governor described his vision for community access television when he and a few others worked on the concept several decades ago.  The Governor is one of ‘Olelo ‘s founders and a signatory on our initial articles of incorporation.  The Governor praised the positive impact community access has had on Hawaii.

We sincerely thank you for your support.  Your testimony helped inform our State’s leadership and was a catalyst for this positive change.  This new law allows the Director of the DCCA to designate a Public, Education, and Government (PEG) access organization to oversee the PEG access facilities and channels.  While this new law is only in effect for three years, it is a significant step in preserving community access media for future generations.  ‘Olelo looks forward to working collaboratively with the DCCA and each of you as we work together to strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media.

 Mahalo nui loa,
Roy K. Amemiya Jr.
Interim President & CEO
‘Olelo Community Media

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