|Charter to Start Charging to Shoot Town and County Government Meetings|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Tuesday, 22 September 2009 07:03|
Charter Communications will soon begin charging the local government to shoot Boone Town Council and Watauga County Commissioners meetings to air them on the Community Bulletin Board channel.
This service has always been free, but Charter will now charge the Town of Boone and Watauga County $75 per hour to pay for a camera operator.
With several of these monthly meetings lasting upwards of four hours, this added expense has town and county officials looking for alternatives.
Watauga County Deputy County Manager Deron Geouque said he has been working to contact officials in Appalachian State’s communication department to work out an internship-type opportunity for students.
Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson said town officials are reviewing their contract with Charter and will explore other opportunities to shoot the meetings.
Charter Communications was unavailable for comment.
Clawson said it was her understanding that Charter would begin charging the town and county in either September or October.
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