TX: This Could Be The End of Public Access in Austin...

Posted on February 19, 2008 - 12:20pm.

from: SaveAccess Texas

This Could Be The End of Public Access in Austin...
Submitted by savetexasaccess on Fri, 2008-02-15 19:03.

. . . if Time Warner successfully sues to get out of the franchise agreement with the City.

The following article “Court allows Texas Cable Industry to Challenge State Law” appeared in last week’s Austin American Statesman (Feb. 8, 2008).

Currently, the City’s franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable is set to expire in 2011.

Time Warner still owes more than $1 million in capital equipment funds for public access. If Time Warner gets out of the franchise agreement now, that money will be lost.

Please email the City’s Telecommunications Officer Rondella Hawkins at rondella.hawkins AT ci.austin.tx.us and demand that the remainder of all capital equipment funds be drawn down now.

Plus, with no City franchise agreement with Time Warner, there will be no more guaranteed operating funds. Any future funding from the City will be at the City Council’s discretion.
Public access needs you. Now is the time.

Save this date. The Telecommunications Commission is having a public hearing on public access on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 pm, at Austin’s City Hall.

Sign up to speak and tell the commission why you think public access has value and that the City must continue to support it.


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