Alderman Wiswell also proposes to eliminate the entire $7,700 amount in the CATV budget for 'new transmission methods'. That funding was proposed by the committee to pay for live web streaming and start up cost for the LPFM radio station (basically a low-cost, low-powered community radio station for Monona and immediate environs). I give the committee big kudos for this proposal that improve communication between the government, schools and residents and amongst the residents directly.
This budget reduction would impact coverage of district as well as city meetings and events and has special significance now that Charter is no longer required to carry the PEG channel on basic cable.
Charter tried to drop PEG from the analog service last year and Andy expects they will try again next year. THe nearly 50% of Charter customers with analog only cable would be faced with the costs of upgrading to digital cable and digital tuners to receive the PEG channels. Internet streaming would help reach those constituents who don't have cable or might lose it because they only have basic analog cable. I think the connections between local government and citizens are tenuous enough already and we should seriously consider these upgrades as essential to good government.