Cable Television

Making Public Access Effective

by R. C. Kletter


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Discusses the community organization, promotion, political pressure, franchising, funding, equipment, and user training necessary for public access channels to be effective. The FCC requires new cable systems in the top 100 markets to provide one such channel and make it available to citizens and groups on a first-come, first-served, nondiscriminatory basis. Budding cable producers will be easy to attract; the challenge is to reach people working on community problems and demonstrate that access can promote their work. The report describes several successful examples in Canada and the United States. With strong support, access can become part of a genuine urban communication system, an instrument for social change, and an outlet for a realistic image of life that ordinary TV cannot offer.

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