From Tony Vigue, South Portland, Maine.
Many news stories about the plight of our local channels cross my desk, but I thought you might like to see this one about the Durham, NC Public Access channel. Their issues mirror those of many communities in Maine although, fortunately we don't have one statewide franchise that eliminates PEG support funding, (giving the cable operators even more profits than they already enjoy!)
The funding issues described in this article are similar to Maine in that the State and the municipalities funnel off most franchise fee revenue into the general fund, esp. during difficult times, leaving the stations without the resources to produce long term quality programming. What they do produce on their limited funding however, is remarkable, as it is here in Maine.