Cable television expertise sought
by Jerry Pyle
Those who know what a cable company can do for the community--what it will do, what it can't do, and what it won't do--are being sought by a citizen's advisory committee working with the cities of Bothell and Woodinville in negotiating new cable television franchises.
Under state law, utilities such as telephone and cable companies must obtain a franchise from local authorities to use the public right of way (streets). The advisory committee will provide input and assistance to the cities in negotiating the best deal.
"Since Viacom has not yet declared the location for their cable modem test, we feel our area is perfect, due to the high concentration of high technology in our business community, schools, and citizenry," the committee said. "Monies collected from the taxation of cable service should be earmarked for technology improvements sorely needed in both communities. As in any negotiations, the cities need to negotiate from knowledge. We need to know what should be asked for, what should be bargained for, and what are we going to leave on the table if we are not careful."
Cable channels run the gamut from "free" channels to pay-TV and public access channels.
Bothell and Woodinville will have the opportunity to negotiate a fee, services, and equipment in one or more combinations in exchange for granting the franchise to the cable company. For more information or to contribute expertise, call Jerry Pyle, 488-0121.