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Macon Council: Moving Government Access Channel Hurts Community
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Viewers who tune into Channel 14 on Cox basic cable to watch Macon City Council meetings may have noticed they couldn't find Tuesday's meeting in its usual spot.

That's because according Cox Communications' website, on Oct. 18 they moved channel 14, which airs government access television, to digital channel 114.

Several council members expressed concern at Tuesday night's meeting that the move will mean Macon's poorest community members won't have access to public meetings.

"This has been a vital channel of communication between city government and residents for some time. There are quite a lot of residents who don't necessarily come to city hall but keep track of developments by watching channel 14," says council member Tom Ellington.

Ellington says in order to receive the new government access television channel, Cox subscribers would have to own a digital television and upgrade to Cox's digital tier.

He says he's concerned not all residents can afford that, and he wants council to examine their options.

 "I don't think it necessarily needs to come to legal recourse, I think it comes down to Cox doing the right thing," says Ellington. "And I hope they'll elect to be a good corporate citizen and move us back to a channel that's available in the basic package."

Councilman Mike Cranford asked the city's attorney to bring a copy of Cox's contract with the city to the next Appropriation's Committee meeting for review.

Cox Communications says they moved the channel to make room for the launch of several new high-definition channels.

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