Years ago I participated in public access television in Albuquerque, N.M. Being larger than Bellingham, the station offered two ways to create programming: field and studio. From the field, programs such as preserving the area's petroglyphs were made. A group of firemen got together and produced a weekly studio show discussing community issues, including having guests ranging from homeless people to a United States Senator. Call-in shows were also a studio favorite. I was a crewmember for a live, on-air wedding.
The internet and YouTube are great, but they don't yet have the near-universal access that television does, and it gets tiring having to deal with all the advertising. While Bellingham public access TV may not be able to operate on the scale of a major city, I believe the opportunity to create and enjoy locally made programs is worth the effort. I urge the city to move forward now in creating a public access TV station.