Cox, our “friend” in the Digital Age, dropped the Public Access Ball a long time ago, as far as Northwest Arkansas is concerned.
For over two decades the citizens of Washington County were able to watch Fayetteville’s’s public access telsion station (which has gone under a variety of names, the current being Fayetteville Public Access Television) until Cox decided that only Fayetteville residents should have be allowed to watch.
No matter the outcry, no matter the popularity of many of the programs, Cox had its mind made up. It did, however, continue to make Jones TV available to one and all, the home of many classic westerns - where else am I gonna find Bonanza? - and an often infuriatingly creepy bad signal quality, as if it were somehow seeping through the space/time continuum from Sedalia, Missouri, sometime back in 1956.
Even the new highly touted Cox online service doesn’t carry Fayetteville Public Access Television, or Fayetteville Government Channel, which many miss, since Cox “slammed” the channels some time back, moving them further up the tier.
Cox does, however, offer Jones TV online.
Nothing to see here, folks - almost literally - just move along now.
Well, along comes AT&T with their U-Verse.
Now, yes, I know that AT&T hasn’t been exactly forthcoming with the numbers of how many folks actually have the service (“Proprietary Information” and all that sort of corporate BS - the same sort of game that other cable providers play), and they haven’t nearly been as quick enough to set up service in many areas as they should be. If I were still on Fayetteville’s Telecommunications Board I’d be raising Holy Hell about this, which the Telecomm Board should be doing.
But I’m not. I am looking at this as a guy who produces programs, and gives workshops on how to promote programs. From that narrow perspective, if AT&T has 500 customers, 1000 customers, 2000 customers or what-have-you, it’s all the more opportunity for me (and other public access producers)to win over new viewers.
It’s not perfect, but honestly, what has Cox done for me lately?
On the Air with Sean Fitzgibbon
Sean Fitzgibbon, creator of the graphic novel DomestiCATed, will be the guest next week.
Fitzgibbon, whose work was recently featured in a showing at Fayetteville Underground, has created a black and white graphic novel in DomestiCATed that might well be described as “film noire,” with elements of Alfred Hitchcock thrown in for readers, as well.
Fitzgibbon, who has also had exhibitions in Springdale, Little Rock, and Springfield, Missouri, has been an art instructor at both the Northwest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas.
One of his future projects is a graphic novel, What Follows is True: Crescent - The Baker Years, which tells the story of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs from 1938-1939, when Norman Baker, claiming to have found the cure for cancer, converted the hotel into a clinic for cancer patients.
Those interested in learning more about Sean Fitzgibbon’s work can go to website at:
Show days and times:
Monday - (7pm)
Tuesday - (noon)
Fayetteville Public Access Television is shown on Channel 218 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville, and on Channel 99 of AT&T’s U-Verse, which reaches viewers from Bella Vista to Fort Smith.
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