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SECTION 216
Powers of the commission in respect to cable television companies
Public Service (PBS) CHAPTER 48, ARTICLE 11
§ 216. Powers of the commission in respect to cable television
companies. 1. The commission may promulgate, issue, amend and rescind
such orders, rules and regulations as it may find necessary or
appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. Such orders,
rules and regulations may classify persons and matters within the
jurisdiction of the commission and prescribe different requirements for
different classes of persons or matters. A copy of any order, rule or
regulations promulgated hereunder shall be subject to public inspection
during reasonable business hours.

2. The commission may require cable television companies to maintain
and file such reports, contracts and statements, including but not
limited to ownership, accounting, auditing and operating statements,
engineering reports and other data as the commission may deem necessary
or appropriate to administer the provisions of this article. The
commission, including members of its staff, may make reasonable
inspections of the records and facilities of any cable television
company.

3. The commission may examine, under oath, all officers, agents,
employees and stockholders of any cable television company, municipal
officials and any other persons and compel the production of papers and
the attendance of witnesses to obtain the information necessary to
administer the provisions of this article.

4. (a) The commission may require and receive from any agency of the
state or any political subdivision thereof such assistance and data as
may be necessary to enable the commission to administer the provisions
of this article.

(b) The commission may enter into such cooperative arrangements with
the board of regents, the council on the arts, other state agencies and
municipalities, each of which is hereby authorized to enter into such
cooperative arrangements, as shall be necessary or appropriate to assure
that there will be maximum utilization of existing expertise in
communications technology, cable television operations and programming
and that the purposes of this article will be effectively accomplished.
Upon request of the commission, any state agency may transfer to the
commission such officers and employees as the commission may deem
necessary from time to time to assist the commission in carrying out its
functions and duties. Officers and employees so transferred shall not
lose their civil service status or rights.

5. The commission shall have and may exercise all other powers
necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article.