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Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br />(coutifv of paiinii`i <br />flirt of **Ivor <br />Wil Okabe <br />Managing Director <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br />Deputy Managing Director <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603 • Hilo, Hawai'i 96720 • (808) 961-8211 • Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg C • Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444 • Fax (808) 323-4440 <br />January 10, 2018 <br />Laurence "Buzz" Schott <br />Senior Director, Government Affairs, West Region <br />Charter Communications <br />10450 Pacific Center CT <br />San Diego, CA 92121 <br />Dear Mr. Schott, <br />RE: Opposing Proposed PEG Station Channel Number Changes <br />It has been brought to our attention that Spectrum is considering changing and <br />moving the Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) programming station channel <br />numbers throughout the State. This move is not in the best interest of the citizens of the <br />County of Hawai'i nor the State. <br />Na Leo TV, the PEG station that services Hawai'i Island, has done a great job for <br />the past 24 years. Under new management over the past 3 years, Na Leo ushered in an <br />emphasis on branding that ensured community access television continues to be an <br />important element in local programming. Their programming is an integral part to civic <br />awareness within our island community. <br />The Hawaii County Council broadcasts for local government, the State <br />Legislature broadcasts for State government, relevant and hyper -local content for <br />general programming, and a new "Civil Defense" channel to help in times of local <br />disaster are just a few examples of why moving the channel numbers would be <br />detrimental to our communities. <br />We respectfully request that Spectrum not move any of the PEG access channel <br />numbers for the Island of Hawaii (Na Leo TV) and suggest that you also don't move <br />any numbers for the other islands ('Olelo, Akaku, and Hike). <br />County of Hawai`i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br />