AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council approved a resolution urging Charter Communications to make privately owned Florida Parishes Television LLC its official government-access channel.
According to the resolution, Charter Communications considers Florida Parishes Television’s Channel 17 “a leased access channel” and has issued an Aug. 30 deadline for discontinuance of transmission.
Councilman Carlo Bruno said Tuesday that Charter and Channel 17 are in the middle of a dispute over fee increases.
Meanwhile, he added, the parish has no “real” government-access channel simply because of the cost involved to record and broadcast.
The resolution was approved by a vote of 9-0 during the council’s Monday night meeting, with Councilman Carlos Notariano abstaining.
Other issues coming before the council included:
INTERNET ACCESS: Councilwoman Debbie Edwards reported residents have been complaining to her over Charter Communications’ failure to provide Internet access within some areas of the parish.
Edwards said Pecan Trace subdivision, with 40 homes, is an example of one area where despite the desire for cable service, none is offered.
“We are not just talking watching games on television,” she said. “One man whose daughter is in college is staying at her grandmother’s” to access the Internet.
Council members decided to review a prior opinion on the issue by council attorney Clifton Speed.
That opinion rendered no quick resolution for residents needing help now, but rather concluded that legal proceedings would be “the best way for the parish government to determine its rights.”
Council members decided to table the issue until their Sept. 12 meeting.