Radical Georgia Moderate Looking for Examples

In which we speculate about the many reasons a company might give away $2.3 million
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

—> But here’s the real money-saving part of the measure, at least for AT&T. Cable TV companies now must negotiate with each and every city and county in which they establish a franchise. That’s how public access channels are created. AT&T wants to skip that time-consuming and expensive process by signing a single franchise agreement with the state of Georgia. How much will this save the company? As much as $500 million, we’ve heard. —>

Are public access channels necessary?
by Rusty
Radical Georgia Moderate

I meant to write a response to this post from the AJC Political Insider yesterday, but didn’t get the time. —> The question at the core of this to me is what is the role of a public access channel now? Is it an outdated concept since anybody can put a video on Youtube or dozens of other Internet services for free? Or is it still a vital community function by allowing free access to anyone who wants it, particularly to people who can’t afford their own equipment, and of keeping people in touch with their communities generally?

I can’t say I’ve watched anything on public access since college, and then it was a show run by two guys who provided commentary on local semi-pro wrestling. I didn’t even really keep up with what they were saying, I just thought they were funny. As you can probably guess, I was drunk 100 percent of the time I was watching them. But that’s totally anecdotal. I don’t want to project and say that because it isn’t particularly valuable to me that it isn’t valuable to someone. If anyone can give better examples, I’d love to hear them. —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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