Contract (License) with Charter Communications

Charter License signed 2023 Current License PDF

Prior Licenses:

Charter License 2013-2023 is also available (PDF)

Charter License 2003-2013 is also available (PDF).

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.  Currently, Verizon has finalized their buildout plan for Fios in Massachusetts and Douglas did not make this list.  With any new company coming into the area, there would be significant cost in laying the infrastructure and this has a great deal to do with why Charter is the only provider at the moment.  

The license is governed primarily by the Cable Act. 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.

Relavent sites:

MA Dept Of Telecommunications and Cable

FCC Official Site regarding PEG Access

MA G.L. Chapter 166A  

Cable Act 1984

Cable Advisory Committee Mission Statement

 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