The Cable Television Advisory Board will have a public hearing on updates to the access channel rules at its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26 in the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street. The rules govern five channels on Time Warner Cable:
The meeting and hearing will be aired on 5 CITY-TV. In addition to the public hearing, the public can view and comment on the current rules and the proposed updates online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: cable). The updates for chapter 1 (general provisions) and chapter 3 (additional provisions for government and education access channels 5, 10 and 21) are online now. The updates for chapter 2 (additional provisions for public access channels 13 and 80) are expected to be posted by January 19.
Printed copies of the existing and proposed rules may be requested by calling the Citizen Information Center (CIC), 402-441-7831. Comments also may be mailed to CIC, 555 S. 10th Street, Lincoln, 68508 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed changes include updates to obsolete language and new provisions for channel 10 which began airing health and wellness programming last year with the support of the Community Health Endowment. Rule changes approved by the Cable Television Advisory Board will go to the City Council for a public hearing and a vote.
Other agenda items for the annual meeting include the election of officers. The Cable Television Advisory Board meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. Members of the Cable Television Advisory Board are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. A list of board members is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: cable). The board monitors the local cable company, considers complaints against the cable franchise, makes recommendations on cable policy issues and recommends policy for access channels.