Thank you to the Charter Techs for stepping up an taking care of the rotted spliter found in a freezing cold manhole. WCCA TV is now up and running. Now all can watch the very best in community public access television once again.
Problem fixed. Charter’s tech crew reported that a huge pile of snow melted over the cable vault where our node was located near City Hall. Once the City removed the snow and ice, the Tech went in to work their magic. By about 11:30 the channel seems to be running again. We commend the City and Charter’s Techs for their efforts in taking care of the problem.
Thank you everyone for your patience. TV 13 public access is thriving.
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Please note that there has been a cable outage at downtown Worcester. People may see only a freeze frame if they are watching TV 13. For some reason it’s seems to be only WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel” that is frozen.
WCCA TV’s equipment appears to working fine here on site, we have contacted Charter’s Tech, and they tell us a crew is working on. In the meantime, you can watch today’s programming streaming live on line at http://www.wccatv.com .
Now might also be a good time to write that letter of support of WCCA TV, address it to WCCA at 415 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 so we can be sure the City Council and City Manager receive it. Ask the City Manager to make assurances that WCCA TV will have the capacity to thrive for the next ten years, that everyone with cable and internet can view this community public access channel, and our funding for capital and operational expense can assure all the year round Educational workshops, youth media programs, community productions, and YOUR ABILITY TO ACCESS THIS PUBLIC ELECTRONIC FORUM will continue and grow seamlessly. WCCA TV 13 is YOUR STATION. TV BY, FOR, and OF, the PEOPLE.
Thanks for your understanding.
Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV 13 “The People’s Channel”
Liberty Media Corp is close to buying a 25% stake in US cableco Charter Communications for around USD2.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation. Liberty Media founder John Malone, who is nicknamed ‘the king of cable’ by the US media, controlled Tele-Communications Inc (TCI), which he grew into the largest cable operator in the United States. After a failed merger attempt with Bell Atlantic in 1994, TCI was purchased by AT&T Inc in 1999, and the cable television assets were later acquired by both Charter and the Comcast Corporation.
Here is a recent comment we recieved following the Op Ed piece in the Telegram about WCCA TV 13:
” The vitally important thing about WCCA is that is gives EVERYONE a voice. You can be an up and coming (and perhaps untalented) rapper or musician or an artist looking for a chance to gain awareness of your work – whatever the case, WCCA is OPEN to the public and it is the ONLY local outlet that provides such a place. While the T&G, WOMAG, and Charter 3 are often closed circles – WCCA is truly accessible and that is something much needed especially in this day and age where censorship is on the rise just about everywhere else.
It is evident here in the comments, as well as in general that many folks do not really understand the sources of funding for Public Access as I am always seeing folks make false statements that it is paid for by taxes and such. Perhaps an article or broadcast should explain the truth behind these issues to remove some of the misinformation or ignorant opinions.
There are a LOT of great things in the works at WCCA and it is refreshing to see the T&G finally shedding some light on this. ”
Thank you we at WCCA appreciate your comment.
There are some that do seem confused regarding the sustaining funding that provides for WCCA TV. We have written and broadcast many communications to educate the public about the fact that sustaining, life line funding for TV 13 comes from the Cable Franchise License. NOT THE CITY’s GENERAL FUND or Tax coffers. In many instances, the funding goes directly to the public access center and not City Hall. That may make things less confusing ( and political ). The public is not taxed to fund WCCA’s operational and capital budget. Provisions from the Cable Franchise license are calculated from the cable provider’s gross annual revenues, in exchange of rights of way. WCCA receives a percentage of the amount that the City determines will be allocated to the three PEG channels ( public, educational and government ) of the PEG channels , WCCA serves the general public. PEG allocations do not necessarily impact cable rates and, again, come from the Cable Company. The return of investment in phenomenal. WCCA TV offers a great strategic benefit for all of Worcester.