KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Backers of a proposed new public access television channel for Bellingham say it would cost less than first estimated, and its benefits would outweigh any costs.
Community media advocate Robert Clark says the channel could be paid for with a combination of public and private funding, and volunteers would provide the programming.
He says public access TV will allow regular people to reach out to the community, and provide an easy way to get more viewpoints on important local issues.
The channel is projected to cost more than half-a-million dollars to start up, and over a quarter-million to keep it running each year.
City Councilmember Jack Weiss says the costs could be covered by increasing Comcast’s city franchise fees.
Bellingham already has a government access channel, BTV-10, which is available on Comcast and paid for with Comcast fees.