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Old November 8th, 2005, 05:47 AM   #1
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New Law May Limit Public Access TV

See the story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/08/ar...on/08cabl.html
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Old November 8th, 2005, 11:52 AM   #2
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I think what we need is a public access channel that has the bandwidth to use high definition technology. That way we can broadcast little league games and school board meetings in high definition. The PBS HD channel already exists and it is high time that this technology is available to local public access channels.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 06:12 PM   #3
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In Michigan, in my city (many others too but I won't comment on them) the local cable companys shell out 5% to the city and county governments in order to use the existing infrastructure. The citys and countys then give a portion of this money to the local public access channels (please note the constitutional amendment for free speech applies here). Now if my local access cable channel people are complaining about the cable companies lobbying congress to change this funding, then I'm VERY conerned too. Any congressperson or senator who endorses this bill will not be getting my vote ever again.
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Old November 9th, 2005, 12:26 AM   #4
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Interesting, I'm from Grand Rapids, Dennis. I did my first short film out of the public access station downtown, (is it still on College St? by GRCC?)
With that short movie I moved to Los Angeles and landed a career in the film industry doing what I love, working on movies. It would be a shame to
see public access stations fold due to this.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 02:56 AM   #5
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No, they moved into nice new digs on Bridge street, the north branch of the GRPL, second floor. Very nice people there. Cable companies are evil! There I said it and I'm glad I did. Hey, what happend to my IFC Channel?
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Old November 19th, 2005, 01:06 PM   #6
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I'll make sure and swing by next time I'm in town. I remember a guy named Chuck Peterson who worked there. I think that's his name... Let's see that was only, eh...15 years ago.
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