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 CTAM Archives

Details: http://archive.org/details/mainecommunitytvarchives

List of Submissions: http://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Amainecommunitytvarchives&sort=-publicdate

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Through the generous support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Archives, the Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM) has received grant funds to begin an exciting, new archival project.

An invitation is being extended to all community television stations in Maine to participate by submitting existing video of historical events and topics unique to local people and places which will be cataloged and preserved on archive.org. Through archive.org these materials can be accessed from a centralized data base from anywhere there is an internet connection with a few key search terms. This will be a valuable resource for individuals, groups, schools, genealogists and all those who wish to research and preserve the local community history and culture.

Belfast Community Television has been selected as the site where this project will be coordinated by Archivist, Anne Allee with technical oversight by Ned Lightner, Station Manager.

Inquiries are welcome at ctamarchive@gmail.com

Programs for submission should be sent in DVD format to:

CTAM Archive Project
c/o Belfast Community Media
93 Main Street
Suite 3
Belfast,ME 04915

Download the following PDF files for more information:

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Special Note: The PDF and Excel spread sheet files containing listings of community television access centers in Maine have been removed from this resources page as we are now maintaining this listing in an expanded form as an interactive database that may be updated at any time by authorized access center managers.  Please visit the Centers page to display a searchable and sortable listing from which you may generate your own customized PDF file.  You may also wish to visit the Contact page to obtain a listing of e-mail addresses for Maine access centers and the Links page for a listing of centers with websites.

If you are an access center manager and you have not yet registered as a CTAM website user, please do so as soon as possible so that we may then authorize you to update your center's contact and other information.  You can even add your center's logo and a photo to be displayed with along with your center's detailed information.


CTAMessenger - CTAM's Newsletter

The CTAM newsletter is published three times each year - winter, spring/summer, and fall and is made available in PDF form on this website as well as emailed to Maine access channels and various other individuals and organizations on our mailing list. For more information or to submit stories, photos, or make suggestions please contact CTAMessenger Editor Brian Knoblock at newsletter@ctamaine.org. Advertising opportunities are also available for access related equipment vendors/manufacturers or service providers in both the newsletter and on this website.

PegMedia.org Media Sharing for PEG Stations

It started pretty simply.  The Maine show "Second Act" was being produced, but had lost the sponsor for distributing the DVD’s, so an alternative was needed.  That was the first step.

Then there were other Maine shows that needed distribution as well. Soon it became the "Rockport Distribution Initiative", duping and mailing DVD’s for a number of Maine shows.

But that got to be lots of work and lots of expense, so we tried electronic distribution. The time seemed to be right. Download speeds had increased and lots of content was available. Very quickly the DVD’s were outmoded and electronic distribution via an FTP site took over completely. Soon most of the stations in Maine that showed outside content were participating.

And then it turned out that there were stations and producers outside of Maine who also wanted to participate. To automate the process and to make it more useful, a web site www.pegmedia.org was created on top of the FTP site to be the entry portal.

The PegMedia.org site was not intended to be the end all site for PEG distribution. It’s a simple implementation. There are several other sites around the country under development and the PegMedia site might consolidate into one or more of those down the road.  But for now, it’s working, it’s growing, and it seems to be pretty effective.

If you’re community station, we welcome you to take a look at www.pegmedia.org and join if you’d like. It’s free to stations and producers. And if you know of other stations in Maine or elsewhere who might be interested, please help get the word out.

Newly Available for Download From PegMedia

Spectrum to Relocate All PEG Channels in Maine

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 16:13:02 +0000

There's an old saying "As Goes Maine, So Goes the Country". Approximately 98% of the cable service in the state of Maine is under Spectrum (formerly Time Warner).

Recently a letter was sent to all municipalities in Maine with PEG stations indicating that their PEG channels were going to be relocated from the basic channels (usually 7, 11, and 22) to 1301, 1302, and 1303.

Other states have had changes on a more local basis. It would not be hard to believe this is the tip of the iceberg and a precursor to a nationwide change.

This letter from Charter (Spectrum) is shown below.

In response, the Town of Bristol Maine sent a reply, also below, which is published on this site with their permission.

This is probably one of the more pressing issues to come before PEG stations in recent times. This page is open for comments, input, and ideas. Feel free to forward the link to the page to others who might be concerned.

If your station would like to join the protest, contact the Community Television Association of Maine at info@ctamaine.org.

Letter from Charter Communications (Spectrum) to Maine municipalities:

Charter Communications

October 13, 2017

Dear Municipal Official:

Spectrum is committed to providing our customers with the very best products, at the very best value. We have enhanced our fiber-rich network to enable us to offer the highest level of performance and innovation, which will allow our customers to enjoy over 110 HD channels.

Spectrum is also taking steps to further secure its network in the coming weeks. In our continued effort to keep you informed, we would like you to understand how these changes may impact your constituents.

On November 28, 2017, Spectrum will begin encrypting the channels on the Basic/Starter service tiers In your community. This will allow Spectrum to better maintain the integrity of its network and offer more enhanced features.

As a result, customers will be required to have a Spectrum Receiver on each TV in their home by November 28, 2017. Customers are eligible to receive equipment at no additional charge for a limited period of time, depending on their level of service.

If customers have an existing set-top-box, digital transport adapter (DTA), or retail device with a CabIeCARD on each TV, they should be unaffected by this charge. Please note that if customers have TV(s) without equipment issued by Spectrum, they will lose the ability to view channels. In order to get a Spectrum Receiver, customers can call XXXX to order a self-installation kit. We'll ship the kit directly to their home at no additional cost.

Shelley Winchenbach
Spectrum Communications
400 Old County Road
Rockland, ME 04841

Response to Charter from the Town of Bristol, Maine Select Board:

Municipal Office, Town of Bristol, Maine

P. 0. Box 339 Bristol, Maine 04539


Shelley Winchenbach
Director, Government Affairs New England Charter Communications
400 Old County Road
Rockland, ME 04841

October 24, 2017

Dear Ms. Winchenbach,

Thank you for your letter to Municipal Officials of October 13th, outlining the changes to Charter Communications' cable television service in this community.

As a Town that relies heavily on Public Access Channel 7 to reach out to our citizens, and in particular to the elderly and housebound, we the Selectmen of Bristol wish to protest in the strongest possible terms to the change of Channel 7 t Channel 1301. This high number makes it effectively impossible to find the station by running through channels. Keeping the channel in the vicinity of our local broadcast channels allows easy access for all viewers.

We understand that you may consider channel numbering to be a technical matter between you and Channel 7, but we feel that this is a betrayal of the principles behind our new franchise award to Charter Communications for service to the Town of Bristol. We believe that such action would have been unthinkable by the former Time Warner cable prior to its acquisition by Charter, and that it reflects poorly on your management's stewardship of the public monopoly you have been granted. We urge you to reconsider this decision.
Yours sincerely,

Chad Hanna

Paul Yates

Harry Lowd III

Do you broadcast on an HD channel with SPECTRUM? (For Spectrum PEG stations)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:32:45 +0000

4% (3 votes)
96% (78 votes)
Total votes: 81

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 Resources - CTAM By Laws and Membership
The following documents may be of interest and may be downloaded by clicking on the download link.
 TitleCategoryModified DateSize 
CTAM Questions and AnswersFAQS9/23/200526.29 KBDownload
CTAM Vendor-Sponsor Application/InvoicePDF11/6/201231.38 KBDownload
CTAM Membership InvoiceMS-Word3/19/201492.00 KBDownload
CTAM By Laws - Amended 7-12-11MS Word8/3/201245.50 KBDownload
CTAM By Laws - Amended 7-12-11PDF8/3/201281.81 KBDownload
 Resources - Access Center Policy Manuals/By-Laws
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SPC-TV Policy Manual (Rev. 12-1-05)Microsoft Word12/29/200597.50 KBDownload
Brunswick Cable TV Advisory Comm. By-LawsMS Word10/30/200656.89 KBDownload
 Resources - Technology Guides
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MMA Technical Conference SlidesZIP Archive3/25/2010607.99 KBDownloadMMA and CTAM presents Internet Streaming and Video on Demand Technologies for Municipal Meetings

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