Two important meetings Monday: Franchise renewal for Oceanic Cable and new rules for public land development
OHA seeks limits on PLDC exemptions
This Monday, Aug. 27, will be a busy day for those who like to speak out on Molokai’s future.
At 3:30 p.m. in the Kulana ‘Owi conference room will be a community meeting to consider the renewal of the franchise for Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Maui County. The state regulator, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Cable Television Division, is now considering this franchise agreement, which normally only gets renewed every 20 years.
The DCCA seeks public input and comments on how the community may be able to benefit from services provided by Oceanic and its cable television system on Maui County. The three meetings next week in Maui County are also looking for feedback on the services currently being provided by Akaku: Maui Community Television.
The meetings will provide information on the cable television franchising process. All interested people will have an opportunity to submit their comments, both orally and in writing, at the community meeting. Those commenting will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire to help identify cable-related community needs and interests on Hawaii.
Following the meetings, written comments may also be submitted to DCCA no later than Sept. 14 by email: email@example.com; fax: 808-586-2625 or regular mail: DCCA-CATV, P.O. Box 541, Honolulu, HI 96809.
The second meeting on Monday begins a half hour after the DCCA meeting is scheduled to end. The Public Land Development Corporation begins its meeting at 6 p.m. in its first ever visit to Molokai. It will run until 8 p.m. at the Mitchell Pau’ole Community Center in Kaunakakai.
The PLDC, created by the state legislature in 2011, is looking at ways to develop state lands and generate revenue for the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Through public-private partnerships, the corporation aims to attract private companies as joint partners in development opportunities.
Monday’s meeting is an attempt to adopt administrative rules for the PLDC. These rules will contains general provisions relating to the office location and hours, board meetings, and delegation of authority to the Executive Director; and sets forth procedures for proceedings before the board, contested case hearings, declaratory rulings, and petitions for amendment, adoption, or repeal of administrative rules.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has expressed concerns regarding the scope and power of the PLDC. According to OHA, the PLDC is exempt from numerous laws that protect wahi pana (sacred or legendary places), the environment, Native Hawaiian traditional rights, public health and safety, workers’ rights and the rights that protect Native Hawaiian traditions and customs.
OHA is now demanding a limit on these exemptions and is asking to hear your voice at the one of the six public meetings scheduled statewide this month. If you miss Monday’s meeting, you can speak up at the Honolulu meeting Aug. 29 at Kalanimoku Building, room 13; or Aug. 31 on Kauai at Wilcox Elementary School.
Written testimony will be accepted until Sept. 14, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail at: P.O. Box 2359, Honolulu, HI 96804.