Local-access TV keeps rolling in Minneapolis

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2012 - 1:39 AM

Some wonder whether MTN's sometimes wacky lineup still needs public money.

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whatzitDec. 14, 1210:18 PM

Why should anyone pay property tax or a corporation like comcast have to pay a fee for this Crap? There is so much waste in government and i work so hard for the money I make. incredible

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keto23Dec. 15, 12 7:02 AM

Comcast gets a monopoly, the deal was that in exchange for that monopoly they give back in channels and cash to staff those channels. They should be held to the deal.

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rickbmnDec. 15, 12 9:40 AM

Just one more example of a govyt subsidy that needs to go away. If you can't even cut a $450K program, how are you going to cut the bigger ones? This addiction to govt and govt subsidies must stop.

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rickbmnDec. 15, 12 9:43 AM

I am also very tired of Comcast having a monopoly in the various cities. I want competition. I would like to know how they manage to pull that off given the required break up of Ma Bell years ago. Let the competition in!!

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thedanmanDec. 15, 1212:31 PM

I don't even know what channel it's on but thought I'd chime in when I read this: "function that comprises less than 0.1 percent of the budget." And that makes it OK? That line of thinking is where you get into deficit trouble and ignoring prudence. Separately for the posters whining about monopolies, you'd be surprised at this little factoid: Dish Network. DirecTV, etc. (It's raining right now and it's still streaming perfectly. As for the 'not on my roof' argument, many people use a 4x4 post in the backyard.

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lonstarDec. 15, 1212:44 PM

Imagine how many Vikings stadiums this could buy. None, and no money that goes to MTN supports divas who beat their girlfriends into the hospital but then get back on the payroll without penalty because they work in the cover-2.

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enge58Dec. 16, 12 4:56 PM

It's a pass-through fee from Comcast to MTN, a 501 c3. It's not tax dollars. It's also what pays for broadcasting city council meetings, public school events, etc.

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mattaudioDec. 17, 1211:42 AM

So since I don't waste my money on cable, I'm not wasting my money on this? Good enough. I wish I had that choice with how sales taxes in my city are going up to pay for a billion dollar stadium.

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