Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Whither Public Access?

Frank Gray reports that the future of Fort Wayne's cable access station is in peril, thanks to some legislation in Washington.
The bills before Congress, though, would turn that upside down. They have the potential to eliminate franchise agreements as they exist today, slash franchise fees that cable companies pay and dry up the source of money for local access channels, some say.

Norman Compton, who is the manager of access TV at the Allen County Public Library, explains what local access is to him. It’s a chance for local people to be on television; a way for local churches to get their services on television for people who can’t get out to church; a way to keep the public informed; and a way to develop local production talent.

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