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City & Cox negotiate public access plan in secret

On September 7, the Tucson City Council is scheduled to make a decision that may bring in over $20 million of revenue through 2022. If you are a Cox Cable subscriber, that revenue will come from you. But you are not allowed to decide where that money goes or how it's used by the city.

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Aug 29, 2011, 2:17 pm
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Thank you, Mr. Kovitz, for alerting us to yet another seemingly underhanded deal courtesy of our (mostly) dysfunctional City Government/Council.
That being said, why does Cox continue to have a monopoly on city cable access?  The infrastructure has been in place for 30 years, hasn’t Cox been reimbursed at least ten fold for their initial investment?

It is underhanded that 22 million earmarked for one use is being raided for another use.  But, I think Access Tucson would better serve the community at large having a low power over the air signal that non subscribers could receive.  Sell sponsorships and have fundraisers like other public broadcasters so Cox is forced to cut that fee out of their charges to their customers.

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