I've appreciated John Stark's two very clear articles on the proposed new public access channel, but I'm still waiting for the article that interviews people who aren't hoping to profit from this extremely peculiar proposal. Aside from the universal first response when explaining the idea to friends and neighbors - "What? That was a great idea ... in 1985" -- the amount of tax dollars is stunning: $575,000 startup, and $285,000 yearly expenses. Partially covered by an increase of .75 percent increase is Comcast's city franchise fee, and $12,000 yearly from their customers. That leaves quite a bit from tax dollars. And since Comcast is a franchise, this amazing new Public Access Channel will only be available to Comcast's 24,000 customers (out of 205,000 people in Whatcom County, just in case you're wondering).
We certainly have better uses for our limited tax resources.