Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc. (WPAA) is designated as the Community Access Provider (CAP) for the town of Wallingford by the State of Connecticut utility regulators. WPAA is a (501-3(c)) nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Connecticut as a Public Charity. Our primary business is supporting the creation and sharing of video content as hyper-local Wallingford CT #W06492 television. In addition to Public Access (Citizen Media) outreach, training & media distribution WPAA has responsibilities to provide and support Government and Educational Access Television. As WPAA-TV and Community Media Center WPAA is a giveGreater.org participant enabling full transparency on financials, policies and compliance reporting to the public.
WPAA-TV is funded in large part by subscriber fees billed by the cable & video providers serving Wallingford: Comcast and Frontier. Other income sources, including donations, underwrite services that are not TV such as Video-On-Demand; festival submissions, theater productions and partner projects. The annual budget is approximately $80,000.
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The General Statutes of Connecticut (Conn. Gen. Stat.) §16-331a provides for “meaningful community access” as a component of multichannel video programming distributors’ (MVPD) service. Community access is defined as non-commercial programming produced or sponsored by members of the community and made available in a MVPD’s (COMCAST and FRONTIER) service area as part of the operator’s basic service tier. Community access encompasses Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access programming. MVPDs are required to provide technical and managerial support pursuant to the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (Conn. Agencies Regs.) §16‑331a-11 and financial support in accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. §16-331a(k).