Public Hearing on Public Access TV

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Austin was one of the first cities in the nation to develop public access channels on the local cable network. The public access channels are granted to the city, as part of the cable franchise agreement, and funded by cable subscribers with a small monthly charge ($0.35). The city, in turn, contracts with an outside agency to manage the channels. ACTV is the non-profit organization that currently operates our public access channels.

The contract with ACTV expires in September of this year. In March, the city will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for competitive bids on a new, six-year contract.

The Austin Telecommunications Commission will be holding a public hearing on February 9. We will be asking the citizens to provide input on the Scope of Work that will be included in the RFP. Please consider attending and speaking if you can offer any suggestions on how our public television channels should be managed.

The hearing details are:

Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 7:00 p.m.
City Hall
Boards & Commissions Room
301 W. 2nd Street

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