Drop-off locations set up for local TV access comments

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

CARROLL COUNTY -- State Rep. Bryan King is seeking input from his constituents concerning local access channels for customers who receive their television signals through satellite.

King said satellite customers in this area generally receive local channels from Springfield, Mo., but he would like to see Fayetteville stations available also. He said because of prevailing weather patterns, receiving weather reports from Fayetteville may be critical in some situations.

"This is not a choice between Springfield and Fayetteville," he said. "We should have both." 

King would like to receive as many comments as possible from his constituents. He considers this an important issue, one which affects a significant number of people in this area. "I see a lot of satellite dishes, even in towns," he said.

In December, King is planning a trip to Washington, D.C. During that trip, he plans to visit the Federal Communications Commission, and share his concerns with them.

King would like to have a stack of written concerns to take with him. He will have a booth at the Carroll County Fair, and he has also established drop-off locations at the city offices in Green Forest, at Carroll County Newspapers in Berryville, at the Citizen in Eureka Springs, and at the Holiday Island district office.

Email comments may be sent to kingb@arkleg.state.ar.us.

"I also plan to bring this before the quorum court at some point, and ask them for a resolution in support of local access channels," he said.

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