CORRECTIONS: Rybak proposal slashes MTN budget


7 thoughts on “CORRECTIONS: Rybak proposal slashes MTN budget

  1. I consider public access a thing of the past.  They needed this cable platform back in the 80’s cause we didn’t have youtube or vimeo.   Now I can create a TV show, play it on youube and not use subscriber money.  Now if MTN stops playing council meetings I’ll be a little upset.

  2. the Progressives in Fresno, CA have been fighting for community TV for 15 years.. it is a very hard battle.   The community shows are a needed asset and worth the small investment from the city.    We need it. We all need to email and call Mayor Rybak and our Council members. 

  3. “MTN funding from Minneapolis comes in part from the Public, Education and Government (PEG) fees paid to the city by Comcast cable. Last year, MTN received $702,000 from the city, though the city received over $2 million from Comcast in PEG fees and franchise fees, according to Colby. Comcast has about 74,000 subscribers, according to Colby, a number that has remained more or less constant throughout the recession. The mayor proposes to cut MTN’s budget by $250,000 in 2012.” Pretty crappy that city is using comcast fees to balance it’s general budget, instead of it’s intended purpose. That’s the same sort of thing Rybak would say about the state, ie “They are taking our income/sales tax revenue and cutting LGA.” I guess it works the same in state and local governments, try to get revenue and offload obligations. 

  4. Shelia

    Thank you for this story. In fact this is called journalistic ethics, integrity and good old fashioned investigative, muck racking.

    I also had a shown on MTN. It was called Lies and Omissions Of Corporate Media. We regularily exposed corporate media. Included in that was how the local corporate media would cover for the actions of Mayor Ryback.

    This is the very thing that Ryback does not want. He wants the local “mainsteam” media to cover for him and the rest at City Hall. That is what drives this, in my own honest opinion.

    Good job.

  5. Another municipality politicizes public access TV funding.

    A real legal/structural problem. Federal law designates local government to determine whether or not local people get to be seen and heard on cable TV – a notion very much at odds with the 1st Amendment. And those municipalities profit from censoring the community by seizing funds intended for public access television

    Also the article is incorrect in stating that the proposed CAP Act will address this abuse.  While it does broaden the definition of permissible uses of PEG access money, it does nothing to prevent municipalities from seizing those funds.

    Why?  Because the ACM is politically joined at the hip to the National League of Cities.  The NLC would oppose any law that would undermine municipal authority.  And lacking the NLC’s support, the CAP Act would have no chance of passing.  Of course as it is, it has almost no chance of passing.   

  6. I can’t believe that people are gettng so upset about this.  The city has a recuced income coming in and needs to make some cuts.  Where else would you like to see them, lose more firefighters or police?  The city needs to look at the reurn on investment for where its money goes and quite frankly I can see how they thought MTN would be an area that they coudl cut some money.  iT isn’t like they are taking it completely off the air.  As a previous poster pointed out this technology is obsolete anyways.  MTN should continue to provide classes and education but drop the TV production.  Instead teach people how to posts shows they want aired on the INternet like the rest of the country does.

  7. MTN is, and always has been, a de facto agency of City Hall.  MTN is not, and never has been, an independent organization.  An independent organization would not have a Board of Directors appointed by the City Council and a budget primarily dependent upon a short-term (annual?) contract subject to approval by the City “Communications” Department.

    The franchise fee is in fact a tax on cable subscribers.  The $2 million or more that Comcast is pumping into the City’s general fund comes entirely from cable subscribers.  The money is pocketed by City Hall officials and staff and used for whatever purposes they choose, regardless of whether or not the use has anything to do what cable service or right-of-way maintenance.

    The simple solution to the on-going battle to fund an independent, non-profit organization providing independent, uncensored access to local, non-commercial cable channels, would be to fund an independent, non-profit organization providing independent, uncensored access to local, non-commercial cable channels.  Unfortunately, such an organization does not exist in Minneapolis, and never has.

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