Some points worth noting:
As far as I am aware, the Capital provision for Worcester’s public access was $300K.
Unlike Charter, a cable system, the sole mission of Public Access is to empower the people with access to channels, facilities, tools and training to encourage participation in a free speech electronic forum that is free from the political whim and corporate retribution. ONLY PUBLIC ACCESS is TV BY FOR AND OF THE PEOPLE.
The programming on public access reflects the interest of our community. Compared to the hundreds of other channels on the system we believe that is pretty valuable and worth protecting.
WCCA TV is Worcester’s flagship station. Cohan’s questions on subscriber value, is ludicrous, in the face of Charter’s TV 3 programming full of infomercials, including the other hundreds of channels on the system, from Home Shopping, Soap and Game channels, etc., we might want to turn Cohan’s the question around. Does Charter, as well as as their customers, find all of that valuable and worth the expense?
As one person commented on WoMag’s site “I find the quote regarding PEG quality of programming to be hysterical. I guess PEG just can’t match the quality of Jersey Shore or Housewives of Wherever or the Kardashians. How much do consumers pay for that dribble? Charter should be able to “easily explain” what value most of their programming has for the consumer.” makes my point.
It also begs the question, why is it that when a cable or phone company raises the issue of a cost pass through relative to channels, the public access channels seem to get discriminatory treatment?
Cost Pass through is not something that is mandated by law. Charter does not have to pass the cost on to subscribers.
The CAP Act isn’t the answer to meeting all community media needs, but is is a good first step on the side of communities.
BTW Verizon had pushed for statewide legislative changes about a couple of years ago, and it was defeated in Massachusetts due to the strong public access and municipal advocacy here. Worcester or Massachusetts is not immune to it.
Thanks to Jeremy for bringing the subject to light.