Village of Kronenwetter, WI
Marathon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Kronenwetter 11-13-2018 by Ord. No. 18-18. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The provisions of Wis. Stats. § 66.0420 are hereby incorporated as though fully set forth herein. The additional provisions of this chapter supplement those provisions of the state statutes as allowed therein. Any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, constructs or maintains a video service or cable television service shall comply at all times with the provisions herein when constructing, operating or maintaining a video service or cable television service in the Village.
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The terms used hereafter are defined as follows.
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The terms used in this chapter shall have the same meaning as those terms are defined in Wis. Stats. § 66.0420(2), which is incorporated by reference as though fully set forth herein.
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Video service provider fee. Video service providers and cable operators shall pay a video service provider fee to the Village in an amount equal to 5% of the provider's gross receipts.
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Supporting documentation. Payment of the fees set forth in Subsection A above shall be accompanied by documentation verified by an agent or officer with the authority to legally bind the provider that is sufficient for the Village to verify the accuracy of the fees being paid by the provider. The failure to provide such documentation shall subject the provider to a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 per day until such time the documentation is provided to the Village.
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Number of PEG channels. Video service providers and cable operators shall provide capacity for up to two PEG channels.
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Location of PEG channels. PEG channels must be carried on any service tier that is viewed by more than 50% of the video service provider's or cable operator's customers. Video service providers or cable operators may not charge an extra fee nor require the rental of special equipment in order for their customers to view such PEG channels if such fees or equipment are not required to view any of the non-PEG channels on such service tiers.
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Quality of PEG channels. Video service providers and cable operators shall not carry a PEG television signal in a lesser format or lower resolution than that afforded to a nonbroadcast digital programmer carried on the video or cable system. The signal quality of PEG channels shall be indistinguishable or better than the signal of the non-PEG channels carried by the video service provider or cable operator.
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Origination points. Video service providers and cable operators shall supply and maintain upstream capacity from all origination points (a.k.a. "live drops") as the Village may identify and shall provide sufficient capacity for carriage of a television signal from each of these origination points at all times.
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Substantial utilization of PEG channels and PEG programming.
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Procedures for disconnection due to failure to substantially utilize PEG channel.
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Written notice of objection to program as not locally produced. A video service provider or cable operator must provide written notice to the Village Clerk within 10 days of the first or original airing of any program that the video service provider or cable operator is objecting to the program as having not been locally produced. Such notice shall describe with particularity the program being objected to, the date and time the program was first aired and the factual basis supporting the objection. Failure to timely provide this notice waives the objection.
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Written notification of failure to substantially utilize channel. A video service provider or cable operator must provide written notification to the Village Clerk within 10 days following any week in which the video service provider or cable operator objects that the PEG channel has not been substantially utilized. Such notice shall describe with particularity the time period being objected to, the dates and times during the week in which quality programming was not aired and the factual basis supporting the objection. Failure to timely provide this notice waives the objection.
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Written notification of intention to disconnect, reprogram or drop PEG channel. A video service provider or cable operator must provide 120 days advance written notification to the Village Clerk that the video service provider or cable operator intends to disconnect, reprogram or drop a PEG channel. A video service provider or cable operator may not disconnect, reprogram or drop any PEG channel without providing such timely written notice. Furthermore, should the Village Clerk provide the video service provider or cable operator with a written response that the PEG channel was substantially utilized during the time period in question or will be substantially utilized by the municipality, the video service provider or cable operator shall not disconnect, reprogram or drop the PEG channel.
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Penalty for failing to provide notice. If any video service provider or cable operator disconnects, reprograms or drops any PEG channel without providing notice as required in Subsection E(1)(a) through (c) above, the video service provider or cable operator shall be subject to the following:
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Immediate reinstatement of the PEG channel to its location in the channel line-up prior to the disconnection, reprogramming or dropping of the channel.
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A forfeiture of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 for each day that the PEG channel is disconnected, reprogrammed or dropped.
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Locally produced programming. "Locally produced programming" shall include programming produced by any PEG channel, programming that has not been commercially aired, and programming produced for original airing in the broadcast market in which it was produced. The term "locally produced" shall not require that the programming was created, filmed or produced in the Village of Kronenwetter or Marathon County. PEG stations may share and exchange programming content in order to meet the substantial utilization requirements of Wis. Stats. § 66.0420(5)(b).
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Underwriting of programming. PEG channels may transmit noncommercial programming to subscribers generally or to specific recipients of video service providers or cable operators. Nothing herein shall in any way prohibit or prevent PEG channels from accepting grants or sponsorships in support of such programming nor shall PEG channels be prohibited from acknowledging such grants or sponsorships before, during or immediately after such PEG programming has been broadcast in such a manner that is similar to the manner in which the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) acknowledges the substantially similar support of its programming content. Such acknowledgements shall comply with the requirements of 47 USC § 399b as though the PEG channel were a public broadcast station.
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Notice of intention to move PEG channel locations or designations. Any video service provider or cable operator who intends to move any PEG channel from the channel designations in effect at the time this chapter is enacted may only make such a change after providing 60 days advance written notice to the PEG channel director. Additionally, such video service provider or cable operator shall engage in a public education program of such intensity and duration as to reasonably inform the general public of the proposed PEG channel designations.
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Subject to police powers. Video service providers and cable operators are subject to the police power of the Village to adopt and enforce general ordinances necessary to the safety, health and welfare of the public. The grant of a statewide video or cable franchise, does not render or to any extent lose, waive, impair or lessen the lawful powers and rights, now or hereafter vested in the Village under the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Wisconsin to regulate the use of streets and public ways or to regulate any matter affecting the safety, health and welfare of the public. The Village shall make the video service providers' and cable operators' history of compliance with such codes and ordinances available to the Department of Financial Institutions so that the Department may determine the providers' or operators' legal, financial and technical qualifications to provide video services.
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Design, permits, construction and excavation. Video service providers and cable operators shall comply with all applicable Village codes and ordinances and shall be subject to any forfeitures so specified for any violations thereof. The Village shall make the history of compliance with such codes and ordinances available to the Department of Financial Institutions so that the Department may determine the providers' or operators' legal, financial and technical qualifications to provide video services.