Legislators applaud grant for Trumbull Community Television

State Reps. Tony Hwang (R-134) David Rutigliano (R-123), Lawrence Miller (R-122) and state Sen. Anthony Musto (D-22) are hailing a state grant for Trumbull Community Television in the amount of $137,716.

Trumbull Community Television is public access television for Trumbull. It records and shows meetings of town boards and commissions, school activities and town events.

The state grant will be used to purchase video, audio and production equipment that will convert Trumbull Community Television to high definition digital recording and enable it to expand and enhance its local programming.

“This grant will enable Trumbull Community Television to provide a higher level of hyper-local news and public service programming that will help keep its residents up to date with its schools, government and community meetings,” Hwang said. “It is also effective allocation of state grant funds to enhance our educational outreach as a training ground for the booming digital/media job market.”

The grant is from the Public Educational and Governmental Programming and Education Technology Investment Account (PEG/PETIA).

“The Trumbull community television has certainly deserves any additional support it can receive,” Rutigliano said. “The staff and volunteers consistently fulfill their mission of educating and informing both the students of Trumbull High and the community at large. It’s a great resource for the people, and we certainly welcome any help that would improve the accessibility and quality of the programming.”

“It is essential that we maintain a high level of quality local access programming,” said Rep. Miller. “This grant will ensure that in the Town of Trumbull, access to important programming like local government remains just a click away for residents.”

Sen. Musto added, “This critical investment by the State of Connecticut will help Trumbull Community Television further its mission of promoting transparency in our local government. The unique service this organization provides allows Trumbull residents to remain informed as to local news and the work being done on their behalf,” Must said. “I am glad to see Trumbull Community Television being recognized and supported in this way, and look forward to continued quality program from them.”

By law, the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority must spend half of PEG/PETIA funds on local and state-wide cable television and video advisory councils and to support the purchase of capital and equipment by public, educational, and governmental programmers and studio operators. The other half must underwrite education technology initiatives of boards of education and other educational entities.

The Town of Trumbull formed its Cable Advisory Committee in 2003 with a mission to “ensure that the residents of Trumbull have excellent cable television” through “the creation, airing, and viewing of community access programming that presents news and information specific to the community.” This grant is the next step in a process of continual improvement.