Don’t I Pay For PCTV With My Tax Dollars?

Don’t I Pay For PCTV With My Tax Dollars?

No.  We are not a Pittsfield city department, and there is no city budget line item devoted to paying for PCTV.  The Cable Company is contractually obligated to fund access television locally, with 5% of their gross revenue.  Since the cable company uses Pittsfield’s ‘public rights of way’ to run their cables and make a profit from that, federal communication law mandates that they provide this local access.  Funding PCTV is how they meet this requirement.