WPAA-TV is a nonprofit community media center that facilitates the production of citizen media and manages one of Wallingford’s three community television channels. The WPAA-TV channel is available on Comcast 18/1070 within Wallingford, or Frontier 6091, across CT.
WPAA-TV provides its users with the tools and the stage for the production and distribution of digital media. Wallingford-centric media produced by the public is prioritized. However, as the Cable Access Provider, with obligations extended to Government & Education Access per Docket 99-10-05 and 10-03-02, staff & volunteers curate content for distribution as government & educational programming.
WPAA-TV obligation to train users extends to college students and workforce training enrollees and includes civic, media & digital education.
Our Official Status
Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc. (WPAA) rebranded as WPAA-TV and Community Media Center in 2016 to better represent the use of our space and other resources. WPAA is the designated Cable Access Provider (CAP) in Wallingford CT operating the Community Access TV station with primary responsibilities for Public Access TV. WPAA-TV is a (501-3(c). Our cable channels are Comcast 18/1070 in Wallingford, and 6091, viewable on Frontier from anywhere in Connecticut. Our content is simulcast worldwide on the internet from this website.
HERE IS THE LEGALESE:
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 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).
PUBLIC ACCESS PLUS – PECULIAR TO WALLINGFORD
Our primary purpose is to enable hyper-local distribution of community-created and represented media as Public Access TV. Unlike other CT Public Access TV stations, WPAA is responsible for the distribution of Government and Educational Access TV not provided by other town access TV stations. As a result, our viewers see news updates from Connecticut’s members of Congress, United Nations stories, and content produced by federal or state governments. (See Public Affairs content) Life-long learning content is on our schedule six days a week. (See Learn by Watching)