This month the Chicago City Council has two important sessions that will help determine the future of the public's access to the airwaves. On April 16th the FInance Committee will meet and on April 18 a City Council meeting will be held, and two important issues are being discussed. The contract with cable provider RCN is going to committee, and the agreement the company and the City of Chicago have come up with is fair to CAN TV (longtime CMA members will recall our meetings with RCN in our group's earliest days). We applaud everyone who helped make this possible, and we encourage all Aldermen to make sure this goes through as planned, and to send a strong message to all other cable companies to keep the public in mind when drafting future contracts with Chicago. Also, there will be a proposal to end the Cable Commission, which concerns us slightly, mainly because the televised meetings and opportunities for public interaction were good for transparancy. We hope these concerns will be addressed.
The public is welcome to view and testify at these meetings. They both take place around 10am at City Hall, 121 N. Lasalle, 2nd Floor.