History of Public Access

Someone named Bob Bill Olson has posted a nice History of Public Access television. I found it interesting that between 1972 and 1979, the federal government required cable companies to provide access channels in larger markets. From 1979 on, the feds haven’t required it, but they’ve allowed local governments to negotiate with the cable companies for access channels and facilities. The bills now under consideration (Senate Bill 1349, House Bill 3146, and Senate Bill 1504) would take away local governments’ right to negotiate for these resources–further wittling away at public access.

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2 Responses to History of Public Access

  1. Bill Olson says:

    My name is BILL Olson, actually. Common mistake. My Geocities website is gone, but I\\\’ve published my history essay on my videography website — http://www.billolsonvideo.com/history_public_access_TV.html. I\\\’ve also published it on my Facebook page — http://www.facebook.com/people/WD-Sherman-Olson/1081566131. Or search facebook for W.D. Sherman Olson. You can also find my essay reprinted with permission on many sites on the the Intenet.

  2. surly says:

    D’oh! Sorry Bill. And thanks, BTW, for creating and sharing this document.

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