NC: Local governments withhold public access TV funds

Posted on May 15, 2008 - 5:50am.

from: Orange Politics

Local governments withhold public access TV funds
by Ruby Sinreich on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 11:50am.

It seems like Chapel Hill and Orange County are giving our local public access provider quite the run around, when they should be giving them money! The programming on The Peoples Channel includes a wide variety of creative output and civic endeavors by local residents, plus they also carry the essential Democracy Now! If you don't find what you want on channel 8, you can march right in to the station, get low-cost training, and fill that gap. This nonprofit TV station is a tremendous asset to our community, and it deserves to be fully funded by our local governments.

NC: New public-access TV law comes with a price

Posted on March 9, 2008 - 8:03am.

from: The Durham News

New public-access TV law comes with a price
Samiha Khanna, Staff Writer

East Durham resident Mattie Rouse doesn't have a car, and can't get around that easily on foot. So she doesn't get to Greater Joy Baptist Church much anymore to see the bishop.

But she's hopeful she'll continue to be able to see him on cable Channel 8. Greater Joy's Bishop James Daniel is one of several ministers in Durham who have been broadcasting their sermons on Durham's public-access channel for nearly 20 years for free. Many of the shows are broadcast on Sundays and repeated during the week.

NC: Durham to pay for public access TV

Posted on March 4, 2008 - 8:44am.

from: News and Observer

Durham to pay for public access TV
A city-county pact with Time Warner Cable sets a price of $120,000 for 10 months' programs

Samiha Khanna, Staff Writer
DURHAM - City and county leaders agreed Monday to pay Time Warner Cable $120,000 over the next 10 months to air public access programs -- shows that used to be aired for free.

NC: Franchise Law Helping … Cable Incumbents

Posted on February 18, 2008 - 3:03pm.

from: MultiChannel News

N.C. Franchise Law Helping … Cable Incumbents
AT&T, Other Competitors Have Yet To Apply For Statewide Application
By Linda Haugsted -- Multichannel News, 2/16/2008 9:29:00 AM

A bill designed to aid competitive video providers in North Carolina has actually deregulated many incumbent operators, while no new competitors have applied to serve the state, according to data compiled by a municipal consultant.

NC: Cable TV PEG channels deserve lawmakers’ aid

Posted on August 14, 2007 - 6:11am.

from: Citizen Times

Cable TV PEG channels deserve lawmakers’ aid
published August 14, 2007 12:15 am

Competition usually results in lower prices and better service and products. Who can argue with that? The question is, better service and lower prices for whom?

In the case of cable television franchises, a 2006 North Carolina law passed in an effort to encourage competition could eventually mean better service and lower prices for densely populated affluent areas. It could mean poor or no service for poor or rural areas.

NC: AT$T plans to offer state TV services

Posted on August 1, 2007 - 6:54am.

from: News Record

AT&T plans to offer state TV services
By Michelle Jarboe
Article published Aug 1, 2007

Television isn't calling. Yet.

AT&T announced plans Tuesday to invest $350 million to upgrade its North Carolina network, with hopes of launching Internet television services in the state in several years .

NC: Help Protect NC Community Media Centers

Posted on July 31, 2007 - 5:32am.

from: BlueNC

Help Protect NC Community Media Centers

Submitted by BrianR on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 7:31pm.

As many of you know, last session the State Legislature passed a law which allows cable and phone companies to avoid many of the public service requirements that have existed for over 30 years. Those requirements mainly have to do with channel space and support for Community Media Centers, like The Peoples Channel, and Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) Access channels. The bill has turned out to be a very serious blow to local governments and nonprofits like us. Many of us concerned with the legislation worked together to produce a new piece of legislation that would remedy two major problems with the bill: funding for Community Media Center and PEG channels, and deployment of broadband to rural and economically distressed communities.

NC: Join NC Public Broadband List

Posted on July 26, 2007 - 9:01pm.


Join NC Public Broadband List

From, July 26, 2007

Not long after I learned about HB1587, the bad NC House bill, I started a Google Group called NC Public Broadband. Its a email list with the goal of keeping people in the loop about what’s going on in the fight to protect community broadband. Its mainly an announce list but you can respond to emails. We can also upload files to share. Like a PDF of legislation or an Excel Spreadsheet of Legislative contact info.

NC: Municipal Broadband Attacked in North Carolina

Posted on July 24, 2007 - 5:50am.

from: Andrew Jackson Democrats

Municipal Broadband Attacked in North Carolina
Posted by CarolinaDem at 7/19/2007 12:40 PM and is filed under North Carolina Politics

With the US lagging behind most of the developed world with less Internet access and slower speed connections, it's somewhat outrageous that any state government would block communities from extending broadband access to their citizens-- but North Carolina is now debating HB 1587, which is being promoted by the North Carolina Cable Telecommunications Association to stop local communities from owning and subsidizing access to community-run telecommunications systems.

The Fiscal Problems Of Franchise Laws

Posted on July 16, 2007 - 6:52am.

from: Broadband Reports

The Fiscal Problems Of Franchise Laws
There's a problem when telecom companies write legislation

The Video Service Competition Act, passed into law last year by the General Assembly in North Carolina, is your basic cable franchise agreement. It was supposed to increase competition, reducing pricing and give consumers more cable service choices.

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