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Published on Feb 1, 2008
Dan Coughlin the Executive Director of Manhattan Neighborhood Network - the cable access center for the Borough - talks about current situation concerning Public Access Television in New York City, the Country and the World. Particular attention is given to the importance to the New York Citizenry as the Mayors office approaches franchise negotiations with the Time/Warner and RCN cable television systems to be completed in September of 2008. The results will have a major effect on pubic access television over a 10 years period into the future. There is also a great deal of discussion about the link up between traditional Cable Public Access and the Internet - including a community of philosophies about Net Neutrality and other communications issues. He offers much positive information about recent strong support for Public Access Television by both many local political authorities and citizens organizations and wide spread support among the general citizenry of the Nation which has greatly helped to stave off strong attempts to eviscerate the Publics Access to communications capability by many very well financed special Interest Groups. While he cautions against complacency he thinks there is much reason for optimism as many of those responsible for Public Access Television approach the time for new franchising agreements with the cable companies.