Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time to fix Goverment Access TV

Our Mission
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.


At February 15, 2015 at 3:38 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Last weeks selectman's meeting is still not up on the Framingham Government access server. If you go to it... you will see the meeting never comes on.. then after 2 hours, a Zoning Board of Appeals comes on.

Cable subscribers are being short changed. The meetings they produce and air... should be on the servers for anyone to watch.

At February 16, 2015 at 3:42 AM , Blogger Joe Rizoli said...

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At February 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

How ironic is it when at tonight's BOS meeting with RCN and Ron Rego, that the picture broke up at 7:03, :06, 07, :08.

Mr. Rego even had the audacity to proclaim to the BOS that Framingham's Gov Access is better than the surrounding Towns.

He clearly doesn't live here, never watches any Gov Access programming and reports to no one, including the rate payers. We deserve better. Natick's Gov Access programing is far superior to ours.

Even more mystifying is knowing that the BOS and the Town Manager and Cable Advisory Committee all know of the complaints from the viewers... the BOS does nothing.

At February 25, 2015 at 9:29 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Have a look at what Franklin does for their Gov Access programming.

At March 11, 2015 at 1:03 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

In my attempt to make the important ZBA hearings to be listed and seen on demand from the Town's servers, I was told by the IT director that there is no more space on the server for the ZBA hearings. And in reply to her statement, I asked why Framingham Today Show is on the Gov server taking space from real goveremnt meetings.

There of coarse is no answer from her, the TM or the BOS.

It's amazing to me the lengths the party faithful and politically correct employee's of the Town, will go to not do the right thing for the cable subscribers in this Town. Reason number 9 why we need to ask the voters if we need a Mayor and paid professional staffing in 2016.

At March 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Jim.


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