Oahu without Olelo?

Posted by kahea at Jul 14, 2008 07:16 PM |
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We shudder to think. We know that Olelo public access is an incredibly important non-commercial resource for information, discussion, expression and community connections on Oahu.

Olelo was created as part of an agreement between DCCA and Oceanic cable in 1989. In return for a cable franchise on Oahu, Oceanic agreed to provided PEG (public access) cable services through Olelo.

The Oceanic franchise expires at the end of this year, which means its re-negotiation time. Think Oceanic is going to continue their public access requirement without a demanding public? Think again.

The increasing trend with cable corporations is to eliminate funding for access services. The very existence of Olelo is at stake!

Hearing on the future of Olelo Tomorrow: Tuesday, July 15 from 4PM to 6:30PM at McKinley High, Hirata Hall. (Hirata Hall is best accessed from Pensacola, midway between King and Kapiolani. Parking is to the immediate right as you turn into the campus from Pensacola.)

From the guys at Olelo:

Thank you so much for spreading the word and for your encouraging responses. It is our understanding that except for a short opening PowerPoint presentation, the majority of the meeting will be devoted to public comment. Be sure to sign in, and if you plan to speak, check the appropriate box on the sign-in sheet.

We also understand that two questionnaires will be passed out. One will deal with the current quality and adequacy of cable service. The other may focus on ‘Olelo’s role. The information on our website, http://www.olelo.org/news_franchise_renewal.htm may help you prepare your written comments.

Written comments will be accepted through July 31.

Thank you again for all of your support. I look forward to seeing you at this important meeting on July 15.


Keali`i S. Lopez
President and CEO
‘Olelo Community Television

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