Locate Yours by . . .
. . . to find the Community Media Access Center (CMAC) that serves your town. Some towns are not directly served by a CMAC because a cable operator does not provide service in those towns. If that’s the case for you, find the CMAC or its service territory nearest to you and contact them.
Access Centers (access management organizations, or AMOs as they are defined by the Public Service Board) in Vermont are, with one exception, IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organizations supported in major part by cable operators, but to which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and generally serve all those who live, work or go to school in their designated service territory.
Under Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) Rule 8.400, cable operators are required to provide PEG Access services to those towns for which they have received a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board. If a qualified community group comes forward to manage PEG Access, the cable operator and the community group must negotiate a contract for the level of funding, and the management of the cable operator’s PEG access obligation is transferred under that contract to the community group. The group, then, becomes a designated Access Management Organization (AMO) under PSB regulation. Specific towns and incorporated villages are assigned by the cable operator to each AMO, and these municipalities comprise the AMO’s “service territory.”
Most, but not all the 240 municipalities in Vermont are served by a PEG Access center. The 81 towns and gores that fall outside of traditional cable television service, and hence do not have an AMO designated to serve them, are generally found in the extreme northeast, extreme north-central, extreme northwest, extreme south-central and a swath across the central part of the State—generally the least densely populated towns where cable operators have decided it was too expensive to build.
In Vermont, there are 24 AMOs that are nonprofit corporations, one AMO that’s operated by a Supervisory Union (Hyde Park region), and a 26th that is operated by a civic-minded individual who provides PEG Access programming to two towns, Stowe and Cambridge, out of his home office/studio under contract to two commonly-owned, single-town cable systems, Stowe Cable and Jeffersonville Cable, respectively.