Congressman Peter Welch Joins Vermont Access Network for a Public Access Roundtable

April 07, 2019

On Monday, April 8th, Congressman Peter Welch will join leaders of Vermont’s community media movement for a roundtable discussion of federal threats to public, educational, and government (PEG) access, local franchising authority, and open networks.

More than a dozen Vermont access leaders will gather at 10 a.m. at Channel 17/Town Meeting TV Studios at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Congressman Welch will meet with us between 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. The roundtable conversation will be recorded and live-streamed here.

Lincoln Peek, Rep. Welch’s Communications Director, recently shared the Congressman’s thoughts about the importance of community media: "Peter knows that many Vermonters watch public access all around the state, and I know that he will also be eager to discuss net neutrality issues, as there is a net neutrality bill that he cosponsored and helped advance through the Energy and Commerce committee that will be on the floor for final House passage next week."

Introduction of Participants
Discussion of Issues facing PEG AMOs, the FCC, and net neutrality
Wrap Up
AMO leaders may remain to continue discussions through lunch.

Executive Directors
Kevin Christopher, LCATV - Colchester & President of Vermont Access Network (VAN)
Elizabeth Malone, NWATV- St. Albans
Cor Trowbridge, BCTV - Brattleboro
Jess Wilson, RETN - Burlington
Lisa Byer, CAT-TV - Bennington
Angelike Contis, MMCTV - Richmond
Jared Gunnel, SAPA-TV - Springfield
Jamie Dimick, KATV - St. Johnsbury
Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV - Burlington
Keith Berkelhamer, Mad River Valley Television - Waitsfield
Kurt Broderson, MCTV - Middlebury
Tony Campos, CVTV - Barre

Board Members
Bob Ellis, GNAT TV - Manchester
Richard Pecor, LCATV
Helen Riehle - Channel 17/Town Meeting TV - Burlington
Erin Malone - CCTV - Burlington
Shay Totten - CCTV - Burlington

Vermont Access Network Staff
Greg Epler Wood - Vermont Access Network
Scott Campitelli - Vermont Access Network

Learn more about the Vermont Access Network and threats to the future of public access TV channels at