I visited an amazing public access station in Farmington, Connecticut the other day. NutmegTV is one of the largest in my home state and does some amazing work helping people connect with their communities.
Nutmeg has found some innovative ways to pivot to online platforms and offering services to local businesses, non-profits and individuals. They even do film and tape transfers for local customers.
As more and more people cut the cable cord these local community assets are losing funding which is tied to cable subscriber numbers. It’s time to rethink how these stations are funded.
With video becoming more and more important local access facilities are more valuable than ever. Nutmeg TV is a real model for how to transition to modern content production and delivery. But I do believe local telecommunications monopolies should continue to provide resources.