Cable Television

Applications for Municipal Services

by Robert K. Yin


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Furnishes a theoretical background for municipal officials, and discusses applications for the municipal cable TV channel mandated by Federal Communications Commission rules. Categorizes applications in two ways: (1) According to the cable system characteristics they require. For example, a single-channel, one-way system offers little more than broadcasting applications; multichannel, two-way communication will be required for such applications as fire and burglar alarm systems, surveillance systems, and individualized health and welfare services. (2) According to major public service areas: public safety, criminal justice administration, environmental monitoring and control, health care, social services, and regional communications. With a few exceptions, cable is unlikely to yield absolute cost savings for these services, or to improve their delivery dramatically. Cable can only improve communication and the transmission of information, for which it may not always be preferable to other media.

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