Livermore Mayor Carries Resolution to Increase Funds for Community Access Television

This Monday, June 23, at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, Livermore Mayor John Marchand led fellow Tri-Valley mayors in a resolution calling for the restructuring of the 1984 Cable Act.

The resolution, which was passed unanimously, encourages the U. S. Congress to amend federal legislation pertaining to community access television stations.  These stations like Tri-Valley Community Television (TVCTV), popularly known as TV-30, currently receive Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) fees.  However, PEG funds must only be used for capital improvements. The resolution calls for allowing those funds to be used for operation costs as well.

"With the support of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, we urge the U.S. Congress to make the minor legislative changes that will allow PEG fees to be used for the operations of our community access television station, Tri-Valley Community Television that serves Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton." said Mayor John Marchand. "TVCTV is an important partner within our community and local government."

The resolution supports the power of public access stations.  Community television channels provide transparency and access for local governments with their residents and business owners by broadcasting City Council and School Board meetings, voter information for local elections, law enforcement updates, high school sporting events, and other events like holiday parades.

—Information submitted by City of Livermore


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