January 21, 2009 |
Members of Public Access Corp., the new Philadelphia entity tasked with creating and running a fledging community television network, say the city's proposed 15-year agreement with Verizon left them out of the loop and hinders their efforts to provide a full menu of programing. Louis Massiah, chairman of the Public Access board of directors, questioned why the board was left out of summer and fall negotiations between the city and Verizon, which is poised to break Comcast's monopoly on the local cable market with a $1 billion, seven-year build-out of its fiber-optic network, called FiOS.
September 7, 2012 |
Mark Headd, a self-taught computer programmer and self-described "civic hacking veteran," has joined the Nutter administration as the city's first chief data officer, responsible for improving public access to information the city collects. Under an executive order from Mayor Nutter, Headd is to work with city departments and agencies on standards and procedures for releasing data to the public. It's part of an effort to improve transparency and collaborate with private interests - academic centers, commercial ventures, and the news media, among others - that have been struggling for years to get more electronic data from the city.
November 21, 1999 |
HMC-TV is a roaring success that makes no money, pays no salaries, and has a self-limiting audience. On the other hand, it has no union contracts, no payrolls to meet, no stockholders to please. What it has, mainly, is Milt Brown and Larry Williams. It also has a studio that is probably smaller than your kitchen; 30 or so volunteers; amateur actors and movie critics; and a faithful, if somewhat confined, audience. HMC, for Hershey's Mill Community, is about as good as small-time public-access television gets.
February 19, 2006 |
When City Council voted to bring cable television to Philadelphia residents - and with it, five public-access channels - William J. Green III was mayor. That was 1983. Three administrations later, including nearly a decade of campaigning by a coalition of more than 80 community groups and hundreds of residents demanding PATV, those channels remain dark. Each year, millions of dollars in cable franchise fees have gone into the city's general budget and been spent on anything but PATV.
July 23, 2003 |
Two decades after a public-access television channel was authorized by city ordinance, Philadelphia still has no place for a "Wayne's World" - no readily accessible TV channel where aspiring talk-show hosts, budding filmmakers, and amateur political watchdogs can present their work to local viewers. But that may be changing, according to the Philadelphia Community Access Coalition. After years of uninterest on the part of City Hall, the nonprofit group says, Mayor Street's administration finally appears to be showing signs of granting citizens their own soapbox on cable TV. The city managing director's office this month began reviewing the coalition's $1.5 million proposal for public-television access, which would allow community groups, independent filmmakers and ordinary folks to put their creations on cable with the help of a professional staff.
June 6, 2006
SOMEDAY, this may well be known as the Comcast Era. One monument to that is the $465 million tower under construction at 17th and JFK, supported by $42.7 million in state money and tax credits. And now, Comcast Corp., through an acquisition, will soon swallow Philadelphia's last vestige of the 1980s world of cable known as the "Area II Franchise. " It includes parts of North and West Philadelphia, East Falls, Germantown, Manayunk and Roxborough. It used to be serviced by Wade Cablevision, then Urban Cable Works.
September 12, 1995 |
When the public-access cable television station swings into action this week, it will not balance the municipal budget, rake the soon-falling leaves, or rid the region of crime. It will, however, give township residents one more way to participate in community life. Residents will be able to pick up video equipment in the library basement and do almost anything they please, creating their own shows, documentaries, commentary on municipal government and schools, or any other aspect of township life.
September 27, 2001 |
In the 1970s and 1980s, many community and political activists believed cable television would revolutionize mass communications. The Federal Communications Commission had required that by 1977, cable companies in the 100 largest television markets must provide channels for local government use, for educational purposes, and for use by the general public. Two writers on The Inquirer's opinion page went so far in 1982 as to predict that it might make street demonstrations obsolete.
April 28, 2003 |
A request for proposals on what to build at Penn's Landing has been mailed to seven developers, giving them until Aug. 1 to submit detailed plans. According to the timetable, Mayor Street would select a developer this fall, in the heat of his reelection campaign against Republican Sam Katz. The city's request gives developers wide latitude for the 13 acres along the Delaware. It favors none of the concepts put forth in the first round of the competition, in public forums, or at hearings on the central waterfront site.