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Antietam Cable television franchise asks for input on government channels

Current review process allows city residents to give input on local channels 25 and 99

April 25, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown residents are invited to give input on two local government channels as part of the city’s process of reviewing the Antietam Cable television franchise.

The franchise is reviewed periodically and the current review process allows city residents to give input on local government channels 25 and 99.

A public meeting to explain the review process was held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

The City of Hagerstown uses channel 25 to televise Hagerstown City Council meetings, a bulletin board and other programming, said Karen M. Giffin, the city’s community affairs manager.

Channel 99 is used to televise Washington County Board of Education meetings. The channel is also used by Hagerstown Community College to televise a bulletin board, special messages and other programming, Giffin said.

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The city’s review of the Antietam Cable franchise allows city residents to comment on what is currently offered on the channels. Giffin encouraged city residents to be wide-ranging in thinking about what they might like to see on the channels.

For example, some residents might like to see video-on-demand for programming, Giffin said.

There is also a public access channel available through the franchise that people could propose possible uses for, Giffin said.

Giffin said she will accept public comment about the channels through the end of May.

Giffin encouraged residents to offer input in writing. Comments can be sent to Giffin at the Elizabeth Hager Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Suite 200, Hagerstown, Md., 21740. Giffin can also be reached through e-mail at kgiffin@hagerstownmd.org. Her phone number is 301-739-8577, ext. 116.

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