The air waves are supposed to be free. If there are obstacles placed in front of the public to make it so difficult to reach the air waves, we all wind up with hot air.
I am Rachel I. Branch and I am the creator & producer of "Solutions Rising" at the Northern Berkshire Community Television station.
My residence bill has gone up each year since I have been a customer of Time Warner. C-SPAN was withdrawn a few months before the Federal election; a movie channel was also removed, if I recall correctly. There are duplications of food and shopping programs, sports and network shows. The dispute with CBS is unacceptable and removes yet another channel.
Now, you have moved our local access programs to channels 116 -- dash, dash, dash! For what purpose? And for those who cannot afford $40 for a box (or must jump through hoops with each new marketing scheme Time Warner conjures up), they have lost the only local information, government and educational programming available in our viewing area. This is unthinkable, unacceptable and unconscionable.
To shove our local stations up into the 100 digit channels looks like preparation to again remove those of the local viewing audience who are poverty stricken or otherwise vulnerable because of disabilities or being elderly or frail, and undeserved punishment. For what? Increased rates ... diminished access ... assisting the corporate conglomerates who are and have created monopolies of our communications systems? To attempt to dumb down the American citizenry? It is morally reprehensible.
With companies such as DirecTV and Dish not offering local access stations, Time Warner's changes further diminish the ability of residents to have the information and programming necessary for an informed citizenry.
You need to restore channels 15, 16 & 17 and stop fudging with our lives and the ability to have meaningful programs easily and readily accessible.
Rachel I. Branch