The Government Channel is committed
to making local government
more accessible to all residents.
As you may know, the primary mission of The Government Channel
network is to provide live gavel-to-gavel coverage of Board of Selectmen,
Planning Board and Framingham Town Meetings. However, when those
boards are not meeting, the Government Channel provides coverage of
a variety of public affairs events.
For those of you who try to stay informed
about what goes on in Town Government
and are constantly turned off by the
lack of quality in Gov Access programming, you are not alone.
For more than 10 years, I've begged
the powers that be to hold accountable the Gov Access personal to a higher
standard than what we've seen in the past years. No matter how bad the
programming gets- no sound, bad sound, can't see what presenters are talking
about, power point slides not clear, no titles, no dates, bad lighting - no one
seems to want to resolve any issues at all. Keep in mind, out of your cable
bills every month goes money to Gov Access, Public Access and the School
channel. They all get around $280,000 a year to fulfill a commitment from
Congress that said in 1996, cable providers must allow and pay for access to
the air waves for Schools, Government and the Public.
While cable rate payers have
hundreds of channel options to choose from, none are as badly produced and
aired as our Government Channel is. To add insult to viewer injury, Government
Access is now producing and airing shows that have nothing to do with the
Government and are little more than poorly produced home videos or info
commercials for commercial business This is NOT what Government Access is
supposed to be and rate payers should demand better.