Article Info

Blogging a FiOS TV Franchise Meeting

I attended a Winchester, MA town meeting tonight. The sole purpose of the meeting is to vote on cable franchise application from Verizon for FiOS TV. Meeting ran from 7:30PM to 10PM. Other than a small zoning meeting I once attended, this is my first town meeting.

I am a FiOS customer and follow FTTH issues from a financial and technical basis pretty closely.

THESE ARE RAW NOTES. I reserve right to change them if I get my hands on a transcript from the meeting.

Analysis to follow in a later post.

—————————————–

Guy from Comcast sitting next to me taking notes. Keeping tabs on the competition. Very friendly, do I detect even some sympathy for what Verizon is about to endure?

Lots of people here… they all know each other. They are all Verizon employees who live in Winchester. A little grass roots corporate push.

Board kicks off Meeting

Winchester Cable Franchise Hearing


Verizon Application Timeline:
March 2005 – License initiated. Expression of interest.
May – Verizon submitted initial application
Aug – Town issued response
Sep 2005 – Complete Application submitted. Multiple meetings and negotiations follow
May 24th 2006 – Posted notice for June 7th public meeting. 1st public meeting.

7 Months of active negotiations. At least 30 hours of meetings with Verizon. A lot of work.

Verizon speaks first, then a report from cable advisory committee.

Audience can then ask questions. Try to limit question to 5 min.

At end, selectmen may or may not vote. They will ask questions after VZ presentation and cable committee

Peter Hollman. Verizon VP External affairs

He is backed up by others, including a lawyer who is not a Verizon employee.

Thanks. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks to the Academy, my mom, etc. A lot of this goes on all night for 2.5 hours.

(Reading from notes)
Head end infrastructure all in place from local CO, only waiting for approval from board. Ready to go in 30 days with TV service. $500M invested in MA last year alone.
We support local events, 120 VZ employees or ex-employees live in Winchester (My guess is 10 of them are here tonight). Talks about how great FiOS TV is. Must have a level playing field negotiation. Town will not grant a license that is more favorable than the incumbent. Verizon recognizes this.

Cable Advisory Committee – Volunteer Citizens

Ashley Stevens. Bill August. Ashley prepared remarks but left them at home. Guy is good speaker, he doesn’t need them.

Thanks everyone for everything. 7 Meetings since September. 30 Hours of meetings (ugh). 5-6 townies, 2 VZ reps. A challenging process. Challenging regulatory environment.

VZ deployed fiber network based on non-TV services. Unique situation than when Mediaone (Comcast)/RCN originally applied. While meeting, Lots of ongoing discussions in Federal government to eliminate the need for franchising really complicated the negotiation.

Cable committee excited about competition. RCN came in a while back, but they withdrew years ago (during bubble I think). They are very excited about FTTH. Cue fiber love-fest discussion. “VZ proved FTTH naysayers wrong.” Good point Ashley.

Financial aspects. 14 year license. 15 years is the max. License will be re-negotiated when Comcast’s expires – both expire at same time. VZ has an option to pull out early in some MA franchises, but not Winchester. Must provide free service to public buildings. Access fee is 5% of revenues, the max allowed in the state. Public Educational Grant (PEG) of $210k, $100k up front, $50k 3 years, $60k 6 years from now. All goes to WinCAM. They also get 2 channels, a third if they need it. Holy cow, $210k to the local cable channel!

VZ has requested that their license can be superseded by any new federal laws that are passed. This is written into the agreement.

Cable Committee strongly recommends approval. Should be done quickly in case new federal legislation is passed that would dilute terms and/or complicate agreement. Feel that agreement is very favorable to town and that dynamic regulatory environment may eliminate the financial advantages unless signed now.

I like this guy Ashley a lot. Didn’t get a chance to meet him.

I think a hell of a lot of credit rightfully goes to the citizen committee that negotiated the franchise agreement on a VOLUNTEER basis. Nice job guys.

Town Board – Questions to Verizon

Chairman expressed profligate thanks for the work of the cable committee. VZ continues the process of thanking.

Board Question – What expenses has cable committee incurred?
Answer: $20k in legal expenses. Board may want compensation for this?

Board Question – What if Verizon contract is found to not comply with “Level Playing Field provisions”. This is written into Comcast contract.
Answer: Comcast then requires “good faith negotiations” of Comcast license. Cable committee does not think this will be an issue in the near term.

Board Question – Are PEG grants pulled from customers bills?
Answer: 5.4MM revenue annually for Comcast in Winchester. Some potential decrease in 5% franchise revenue if competition drives pricing lower.

Board Question – Does contract include any sort of rate controls?
Answer: No. Some lower court actions that would allow this have been reversed on appeal.

Ashley makes this point – If a federal franchise override is passed, this contract would still be valid. This was the biggest area of negotiation in the contract. Pending Fed legislation makes negotiating these contracts a challenge (Read – Major pain in the ass)

Board Question – What is WinCam (Local Cable Access Channel) subscriber base? Answer: Representative there was asked how many citizens watch. He says he does not know. Unbelievable.

Board Question – Can the infrastructure be shared with other providers?
Answer: No.

Board Question – Universal service within 3 years- Any known areas where it is known this is not possible?
Answer: 80% can be served by end-of-month. Three stage process. Aerial component completed. Underground component is second stage. This has begun. Final is Multiple Dwelling Units (MDU), this effort has begun. VZ has six years by MA law to reach universal service. This franchise agreement stipulates three. Verizon is OK with these terms. (I think they are glossing over the MDU challenge)

Now things get interesting-

Board Question – Prop 2 ½ creates great fiscal stress. (Prop 2 ½ is State Law indicating towns cannot increase property taxes more than 2 1/2 % a year, and as a result every town is in a tight fiscal situation) Depth of staff with technical expertise is short. Towns ask developers, etc. to bear the burden of investigative costs. Asks VZ to accept this burden. Answer: VZ already paying 1.4% more than Comcast.
Response from board- budget blah blah blah they want $20k “Whenever we can find that legal fees could be covered externally we try to do that”.

Board Member Speaking – We need to act in interest of citizens. Having two providers clearly does this. Thinks arguing over $20k is silly when town budget is 4000x that. Savings to citizens will be huge.

Board Proposal – drop PEG grant by $25k and allocate to paying legal fees? VZ says ‘does not know’ this is a new wrinkle. Turns out later this is not a legal move according to franchise law.

Questions to Board from Citizens

Citizen (VZ employee) – Satellite doesn’t pay fees. Conversion of those customers will generate more revenue.

Citizen (VZ employee) – Comcast has dropped cost of triple play by $40 based on threat of competition. Need to follow through to guarantee price breaks for town residents.

I ask some questions-

  1. Thanked Verizon for bringing state of the art infrastructure into our community. Made mistake of using terms such as Japan, NTT, E-PON, and B-PON which brought meeting to halt as stenographer freaked out.
  2. Asked for a clear summary of the material financial differences between the existing Comcast franchise agreement and the proposed Verizon agreement.

    Financial comparison of VZ and CMCSA. Comcast makes fixed dollar payments – $116k year, inflation adjusted. Not related to subscriber revenue. Verizon will pay 5% of all revenue received. Comcast % will climb as subscribers goes down. This was put into place based on the assumption that RCN would come online but never did. 6200 Comcast subs in town today. My analysis – town cannot lose with this deal. The more subscribers that shift to Verizon, the more money they take in.

  3. How is it that Wincam, the recipient of what is basically a $210k windfall does not know how many people consume their product? How do they benchmark their success? This is a disaster. I become immediately unpopular with several folks in the audience.
  4. When FiOS TV customers are installed that are not broadband subscribers, will their phone lines be migrated to the fiber? Will the copper be cut? No, MA regulations prohibit this.

——- Break ——-

Board Discussion-

The $20k is an issue that impacts the board’s decision. Board will take this issue under advisement. Oh crap, they are not going to vote because of $20k in legal fees they want VZ to pay.

One board member said holding deal up for $25k was ridiculous. VZ indicates legally that their money cannot legally be allocated to general town funding. Winchester contract is far better than what other communities have negotiated. No other communities have asked for legal fee compensation.

OK, now things are getting good and heated.

Board guy is bringing up the fact that legal budget is high and that budget is tight, everything counts. We are asking the public for more usage fees, more for town dump licenses, etc. Can’t just spend money here without recovering it.

Now the town is asking for VZ to get creative. Cue municipal extortion speech. Suggests sponsoring “Verizon Library Day” to keep Library open on Sunday. Spend the 20k somewhere in the town. “You are a good corporate neighbor, we are just asking you to demonstrate it.” That’s a classic one. This guy should do business in China.

VZ states that the law clearly states franchise fees cannot be used for any general funding in a franchise agreement, period. They must be used for cable services in the town. Incumbent (Comcast) was not asked to pay legal fees when they were granted the agreement and neither will they. VZ guys getting pissed, they thought they had a deal.

Other board member will vote no. Wants $25k more for legal fees. Indicates process can be extended 60 days and they plan to negotiate for the 25k. Verizon indicates they will not change their mind. Verizon makes the point that ultimately, all of these costs are passed on to the consumer.

One board guy motioned for 2 min private meeting with board, try to work things out.

—-Break—-

10 min later, they emerge.

Agree to delay vote until June 19th – Gives committee time to ‘evaluate’ agreement and make sure it represents the interests of the community. Will be at 6:30 and will not be a public forum.

What?

Discussion

Comments are disallowed for this post.

  1. This town meeting represents everything that is wrong with our political system. I am fortunate enough to live in a city where we actually have a dual market for cable and internet and I can tell you that not only do I pay around $15 – $20 less per month then my neighbors in the Bay Area, but Comcast also has a special “Alameda” rate for residents here.

    Politicians somehow feel like they are owed something for giving TV and internet access to their citizens and I think it’s terrible how our political process is so corrupted that they need to extort money from businesses for providing services that improve our way of life.

    If politicians would charge an equal tax and equal access to anyone who wanted to offer service we would quickly see the cable market bow to market forces. The telephone companies may be trying to do this with their own political pressure, but that 5% monopoly tax is really costing their citizens 15 – 20% in extra fees. I’m too pessimistic to ever believe that the money hungry politicians will give up their power over the telcos and too realistic to believe that the cable companies will be quick to give up their relationships, but it still upsets me everytime I see hard working consumers pay the monopoly TV tax.

    Posted by davis freeberg | June 8, 2006, 12:38 AM
  2. Enjoyed understanding the interplay of municipal extortion and conclusion to have next meeting private…sounds like a homeowners association gathering

    Posted by james boyd | June 8, 2006, 9:35 AM
  3. Good write-up. Nice that you had the patience for it, and it is pathetic that the board needs to scurry behind closed doors. Just goes to show why Congress needs to take action and enforce a nationwide franchise agreement.

    This blog is great — definitely in my Top 10 List of all websites (and i surf a lot)

    Posted by ChipGeek | June 8, 2006, 9:56 AM
  4. * Keep it up Andrew … gonna miss you while you’re on your bike trip.

    Posted by Iain | June 8, 2006, 12:19 PM
  5. Only a little longer until Fios TV hits Winchy! :)

    Posted by Kevin | June 14, 2006, 3:14 PM
  6. Posted by Kevin | June 20, 2006, 2:33 PM
  7. Davis Freeberg, one reason politicians feel “they are owed” something is that they are granting the right to a utility (Verizon in this case) to use public ways to run its cable. Without such regulation, you could have thousands of utility poles all over town. While I agree a lot of ego comes into play, politicians do have a legitmate responsibility.

    The problem I have is cable-based services may have peaked. I have satellite, mostly because former cable provider had very little clue about accurate billing or customer service. My experience with Verizon for phone and DSL hasn’t been stellar either. Probably because it doesn’t have to deal with individual municipalities and a host of federal regulation/de-regulation/re-regulation, satellite service, billing and support is better than those of any cable provider I ever had.

    So Winchester is spending the equivalent of half a school teacher (cop, firefighter, etc.) on negotiating a deal with Verizon. It doesn’t serve me or the other 1,500 or so homes in town that don’t subscribe to cable. As such I don’t/can’t watch WinCAM (local channel) — so the $200,000 that will go to them probably won’t help me either. I am sure WinCAM does a good job, but the role of the local cable studio has diminished in the Internet age too; I can go to several Web sites forlocal information, commentary, video, etc.

    I also wonder how a volunteer committee runs up $20,000 in legal fees in seven months. Nothing against the people in the negotiation, but did Selectmen give them a blank check and a cell phone. It’s not like this is first cable contract undertaken by the town or in the history of municipal government. At least, you would think Selectmen would try to keep a handle on how things were going.

    Posted by JP | June 22, 2006, 9:07 PM
  8. As a volunteer at Wincam I dont think you people are being very fair to our station. I am tired of people saying no one watches us in town when in reality, we get compliments all the time from town residents saying if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t have gotten to see our son play sports, or play a musical instrument at a concert, or we woudln’t know whats going on in town. Yes, maybe not everyone in town watches Wincam all at once on a given day, but I believe oevrall the station is quite popular in town and is utilized at some times or another by the citizens. People in Winchester care about their community and their organizations, and WinCAM is an important part of Winchester. It is a way to bring citizens of town together and to make everyone feel a part of the community. We have hard working producers who give up their precious time (many of them are distinguished individuals in town who have FT jobs) and still give time to volunteer at the station, which btw, is run by two and a half staff members overseeing all the community orgs in town who participate and 40-50 volunteers. We cover everything from sports to lectures to government meetings, to arts and entertainment, to community events. We provide important services to the people of Winchester who I believe the majority of which support our station and would fight for us if our funding was ever cut or in jeopardy.
    Maybe you think our station is a waste of time (at least that is what you seem to imply to those reading your blog) but I don’t. I got my start at Wincam. Before taking the production class I didn’t know a thing about community television or tv production. I had graduated college already or was just about to (2004)(Salem Stae College). And I could not afford to go back to school. Wincam gave me a start toward the career I have always wanted to go into. Television Production/Film production. And if it wasn’t for Wincam I would not have been able to do this. Now I have participated in multi camera field and studio shoots, technical directed (switched) and directed my own shows and helped on at least 100-200 programs since I began at Wincam without any knowledege of film production. Donald Cronin has worked 20-30 yrs in the business and Adam Dusenberry runs the production classes, programming and technical problems….(he has had over 10-15 yrs experience) and Julia Ripa serves as support staff and admin duties. Despite limited funding we receive from the town (We should receive more support from town officials)…we have chugged along and grown a dedicated, talented base of volunteers and we have been expanding our customer-viewer base ever since our small beginnings in 2000. You may think our work isn’t watched by anyone and is a waste of time….like some of the selectmen joke about….(only 20 people watching at home) (Yak yak yak). (So funny when I’m sitting there operating the camera)…using up my time so that people at home can watch what they (the selectmen are doing)….PEG access stuios get a bad rap! They provide essential and important services to towns and communities yet people claim no one watches them and they are worthless. If they are worthless why does almost everyone in our town of Winchester know about Wincam and why whenever I ask people in town if they know about us they have nothig but positive comments to say and they have watched us at some time or another? Maybe they dont watch 24-7 but The majority of town I believe supports PEG funding and Wincam and tunes in from time to time (Those with cable anyway). From time to time community access centers need funding for upgrade sin equipment and the studios. The money $210K is very importans as it will help us stay operational the next few decades and will allows us to upgrade to new equipment, perhaps purchase a new production truck, and more cameras, editing equipment etc. We provide first rate material for our programming and I believe we deserve more credit and more kind words from the town government and from the people of town than we get. I think we deserve a little more respect here. The money they offer us will be for the next 15 yrs. not 1-2. This is essential money that will help keep us afloat for the long term….at least for a couple decades….If we lose this funding it could cause Wincam to deteriorate over time and limit what we can and can’t do and cover. We might have to eliminate a staff member and I am sure if that happened the station might collapse. It would be a disgrace to the citizens of Winchester to lose out on such a resrouces we have in Wincam…..by eliminating funding. I urge all citizens to stand in support of Wincam and oppose the franchising bills currently on the floor of the State House.

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | August 1, 2007, 5:48 AM
  9. And JP maybe you should try watching us!
    We have a great station with many interesting programs!
    The $210,000 is needed for critical station upgrades and equipment over 15 yrs. if we dont have that funding the station could be shut down! It would be a shame. A lot of people in town enjoy wincam’s coverage and we offer a variety of things of local interest. If you dont like our station that’s your problem.

    I think you are wrong. Yes the internet is big now but community media also still serves as a good way to keep citizens involved in the town and connected. We offer a variety of programming from sports to culture, to arts , media, govt. and producer produced programs that you wont see on mainstream television.

    I believe community television stations are important and an important psrt to free speech and the ability to express one’s views and opinions. We work very hard to bring a quality product to town and frankly I dont appreciate the views some of you people have about our station. I beleiev we provide a good station with a variety of programming and maybe before you make up your mind about us and start trash talking about our station, you should turn us on and see what we have to offer.! You can email me directly at jdearman77@gmail.com to discuss this further. If it wasn’t for wincam I would not have learned anything about tv production and would not have been on the verge of making it in the television/film industry as I am today.

    Stop bashing Community tv stations and start wstching!
    The $210,000 is OVER 15 YEARS. Not 1-2 yrs. This is money that will help keep us operating! Without it we wont be able to operate!
    We need the money for equipment and upgrades.
    ITs not fair to just pull the plug on a station that has worked hard to bring quality programming to Winchester.

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | August 1, 2007, 5:54 AM
  10. The bottom line is I asked you how many people watch your programming and you said ‘I don’t know’. Why should any entity that doesn’t use metrics to measure it’s success receive funding. Your opinion of your own work is irrelevant unless you are funding it from your own pocket. Without metrics WinCam is a hobby, not a service.

    If your station is a valuable asset to the community then I suggest you get local businesses to advertise. They will demand metrics, and they will measure the success of their own dollarss.

    I am not questioning the commitment or talent of WinCam members. What I am questioning is why public money and the progress of introducing a competitive service provider to our city was predicated on forwarding the interests of a few hobbyists.

    Posted by Andrew Schmitt | August 1, 2007, 8:55 AM
  11. BECAUSE WE ARE PROVIDING A SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
    WITHOUT WINCAM WE WOULDNT HAVE ARTS, GOVERNMENT, SPORTS, OR OTHER LOCAL EVENTS ON THE AIR IN WINCHESTER.
    ASK ANYONE IN TOWN AND THE MAJORITY OF THE TOWNSPEOPLE APPRECIATE THE STATION AND HAVE TUNED IN FROM TIME TO TIME. YES THEY PROBABLY DONT TUNE IN EVERY NIGHT,. BUT WHEN THERE’S A PROGRAM OR EVENT THEY WANT TO SEE THEY KNOW IT WILL BE THERE.
    WE DONT GET VERY MUCH MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND MOST OF OUR MONEY COMES FROM VERIZON/COMCAST…WITOUT THAT MONEY WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RAISE THE MONEY NEEDED TO CONTINUE OPERATING THE STATION.
    WE DO GET LOCAL BUSINESSES TO ADVERTISE…THE PROBLEM IS IN A TOWN OF 21,000 PEOPLE YOU’RE NOT GOING TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR EQUIPMENT THAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP THE STATION OPERATING.

    THIS TOWN WASTES A LOT OF MONEY ON PROJECTS AND OTHER THINGS.
    THE COMMUNITY ACCESS STATION IS AN IMPORTANT ASSET TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF LOCAL EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO REMEMBER EVENTS THAT HAPPEN IN TOWN. I HAVE RECEIVED POSITIVE COMMENTS FROM MOST PEOPLE IN TOWN WHEN I ASK THEM ABOUT WINCAM. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT TOUGH . WE WILL NOT GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT AND YOU WILL NOT KICK US OUT OF WINCHESTER. WE WILL FIGHT YOU.
    AND WE WILL PREVAIL. WE ARE PROVIDING A SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF WINCHESTER, THAT IS WHY IT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY THE TOWN AND BY GOVERNMENT. DID YOU KNOW ONE CAMERA CAN COST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS? ONE SWITCHER CAN COST $50,000?

    IN GENERAL 6500 homes have access to Wincam programing . While it is impossible to gauge how many people watch ona given night , given the positive feedback i receive when I ask people about wincam and such…I believe the majority of people in this town want Wincam here and support our station and our activities.
    Without Wincam we would not have government meetings covered for instance, which is important for the community as well as town sports coverage and other events. that people want to be able to see if they miss it. Not to mention it helps keep some of the students out of trouble, because they are helping out at the station and learning a trade in the process where they’d otherwise be causing trouble.

    I believe community television is a valuable asset and we dont really take up too much money from the town…so I think you people should really give it a rest and leave us alone.
    I am sure if you ever tried to get rid of our funding and close the station the townsepeople in winchester, the majority of them would come to our defense.
    So i would advise against trying to pull anything.

    My point is we cannot fund the station without the franchise fees. People in Winchester have millions of dollars ..they make a year, but dont want to give back to anything in the town for some reason. and dont want to pay taxes..so there really isnt much we can do even if we had everyone in town watching , people dont want to give money to town things.
    We have some businesses but the total amount we make from that is probably only a couple thousand dollars a year.
    equipment is quite costly and that is where the Verizon/Comcast franchising comes in and why we need to be funded by that.

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | October 29, 2007, 2:20 AM
  12. BECAUSE WITHOUT THE FRANCHISE FEES FOR COMCAST/VERIZON WE WONT BE ABLE TO AFFORD NEW EQUIPMENT AND THE STATION WILL HAVE TO CLOSE EVENTUALLY. WE ALSO WONT BE ABLE TO PAY STAFF MEMBERS EVENTUALLY.
    THE STATION WILL CLOSE AND THE TOWN WILL LOSE A VALUABLE RESOURCE.
    IT IS NOT JUST FOR HOBBYISTS AS YOU AND MR. HALEY CLAIM.
    WE HAVE GOOD PROGRAMMING FROM SPORTS TO POLITICS/GOVERNMENT TO COMMUNITY EVENTS AND SUCH. WE PROVIDE GOVERNMENT SERVICES TOO. WE ARE AVALUABLE PART OF CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY AND I BELIEVE WE ARE WORTHY TO BE IN TOWN LIKE ALL ACCESS STATIONS. ACCESS STATONS GET A BAD RAP FROM PEOPLE WHO DONT CARE ABOUT TELEVISION IN TOWN, BUT IF YOU FOLKS WHO ARE AGAINST IT WOULD WATCH OUR PROGRAMS YOU WOULD SEE THAT WE ARE PRVIDING AN IMPORTANT RESOURCES. AND THAT WITHOUT THE FRANCHISE FEE $$$ FROM VERIZON AND COMCAST, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO SURVIVE. IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY TO GET NEW EQUIPMENT AND WE WOULDNT BE ABLE TO OPERATE A STATE OF THE ART STUDIO WITHOUT THE FUNDING WE GET. MAYBE IF MORE PEOPLE IN TOWN WOULD DONATE SOME OF THEIR MONEY TO OUR STATION AND BUSINESSES AS WELL IT COULD HELP, BUT EVEN THEN IT WOULDNT BE ENOUGH TO FUND EVERYTHING WE NEED TO OPERATE THE STATION. AND NOTHING I SAY WILL CHANGE YOUR OPINION OF OUR STATION?
    THANKS>

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | October 29, 2007, 2:26 AM
  13. WHY DONT YOU PEOPLE WATCH OUR STATION AND COME DOWN AND WATCH A PRODUCTON SOMETIME AND SEE WHAT GOES INTO OUR STUDIO.
    WE’RE NOT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS LIKE YOU MAKE US OUT TO SEEM.
    WE PUT HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMMING ON THE AIR HERE.
    AND WINCAM PROVIDES ESSENTIAL PROGRAMMING FOR PEOPLE.
    I REALLY WISH YOU’D PEOPLE WATCH OUR STATION BEFORE JUDGING US AND COME MEET SOME OF THE PRODUCERS SOMETIME.

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | October 29, 2007, 2:28 AM
  14. ALSO FYI the $210,000 is over a 14 year period. We dont get the money all at once. this is to keep the station up and running for 14 years and to allow us to pay for some new equipment we need.
    We dont let money go to waste like the freakin school system in town.

    Keep that in mind before you go bashing us.
    the $210,000 is all we get over 14 year period! to keep operating.
    its not a lot of money when you look at it that way and how much equipment costs, not to mention to keep the operation of the station up.

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | October 29, 2007, 2:31 AM
  15. oh and andrew. I was the camera person that night btw. You probably didn’t even notice me there because you probably think i’m some moron.

    Well I’m not …..

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | October 29, 2007, 2:34 AM
  16. So if you take $210,000 and break it down to 14 years its only $15,000 a year for our budget, which isn’t a lot for a tv station.
    it still leaves us unable to do everything we want with the station.
    but at least it allows us to keep running another 14 yrs.
    –hopefully

    Posted by Jeff Dearman | October 29, 2007, 2:36 AM
  17. Trackbacks / Pingbacks

  18. FTTHblog » The Nuts and Bolts of Verizon Fios Franchise Negotiation | June 12, 2006, 12:29 PM
  19. FTTHblog » Verizon Gives Out More Incentives to Win Cable TV Franchise in Oldsmar, Florida | June 27, 2006, 11:49 AM
  20. Municipalities Reap What They Sow at Nyquist Capital | September 15, 2006, 4:51 PM