Phone: (508) 476-4000 x122
Address: 29 Depot Street, Douglas, MA 01516
About the Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
The Douglas Cable Advisory Committee is responsible for the Public Access and Government channels broadcast through the town's cable TV system, operated by Charter Communications. We also act as the primary interface between the town and Charter on issues relating to the contract the town has with Charter. We also offer free video production classes to Douglas residents.
The committee members are:
- Tom Devlin, Chair
- Bob Werme, Vice Chair
- Christopher Menn
- TWO VACANCIES - Application form
Go directly to the Online Programming page to watch archived government meetings, or read below for more information on this initiative.
To inform and educate the residents of Douglas by
- The recording and broadcast of local government meetings
- Fostering the production of local events of special interest
- Develop and enforce cable licenses in the best interest of the community
- Make available video production technology and training to the public
- Provide cable broadcast access to every Douglas resident
Introduction to Douglas Cable Access:
Video Production Workshops
Please review the overview and sign up for one of our available video production workshops.
Charge to the Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
On July 11, 2006, the Douglas Board of Selectmen formally enacted a charge of responsibilities for the Cable Advisory Committee.
Contract (License) with Charter Communications
The current license with Charter Communications began November, 2013 and ends November, 2023. The license (available here as PDF) provides Charter the authorization to offer Cable Television service in the Town of Douglas. Our prior license (2003-2013) is also avaliable.
Our license with Charter is non-exclusive. We maintain interest in competitive Cable Television services in the Town of Douglas. We have reached out to Verizon on multiple occasions and are hopeful that in time they or other qualified companies will add to the options available to town residents and businesses.
The license is governed primarily by the Federal Cable Act of 1984. Under this Act and through the license, Charter provides the Town of Douglas money to operate the Public Access and Government stations. The Cable Act does not provide the Cable Committee authority over the cost of Cable Television nor any formal involvement in Internet or Telephone services.
With the enactment of the new charge, the Cable Advisory Committee has been given the authority and directive to create and enforce policies and procedures regarding its operations. These policies are available here. As part of our process we are reviewing the policies and procedures of many other cities and towns in Massachusetts. A large collection of these have been placed on the Policy Development page.
We have implemented the distribution of online video, via the town's web site. This leverages our digital recording and editing equipment, purchased with a grant from Charter. The purpose is to enhance viewership by providing all residents and other interested parties the opportunity to view meetings or other programming via any high-speed internet connection. It also provides an "on-demand" capability to watch the program on your own schedule. To view programming online, please view our Online Video page.
If you are curious as to how the video is produced, please read our equipment page.
The Cable Advisory Committee maintains the Bulletin Board seen on cable channel 191. Please see our Bulletin Board Request Form page for more information. The Bulletin Board can also be viewed online.