Title

"City" piece on the Portland Public Access Center (PPCA), which is asking for mo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

7-11-2002

Pages

9-10

Abstract

"City" piece on the Portland Public Access Center (PPCA), which is asking for more money from the city. Currently, the city of Portland is giving PPAC (Channel 2) just $75,000 out of the $850,000 franchise fee it receives from Time Warner Cable, while South Portland Community Television (SPC-TV) receives $171,859 from a franchise fee of $286,433. That means PPAC receives 8 percent of the franchise fee compared to SPC-TV's 60 percent. Though PPAC needs new equipment and has an overworked staff, the existing state law gives complete control of franchise fees to cities and towns. Portland's assistant city manager, Anita LaChance, said the city's franchise money goes into a general fund which helps offset city's property tax. But Community Television Association of Maine is developing a statewide committee that would oversee the disbursement of franchise fees.

Subjects

Cable television -- Portland

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