Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- January 23, 2002

CSU Stanislaus Prepares To Provide Cable Channel Access

California State University, Stanislaus will soon be operating a government and public education access channel in cooperation with a local cable television company, Charter Communications.

A $150,000 grant from Charter to the City of Turlock will enable CSU Stanislaus to provide access to the channel in a special studio where production equipment is available to produce programming on the cable station. The University is also making plans to start transmitting some of its instructional television courses on the channel by the fall 2002 semester.

Local access programs can be carried on Charter's Channel 2, via the CSU Stanislaus campus where a fully equipped studio recording facility is expected to be available by this summer. The funding was provided by Charter as part of its franchise agreement with the city to provide cable television access service in the area.

"This is really exciting to see that the city and the university have come together on this with the help of Charter Communications," said Dr. Norm Wagner, CSU Stanislaus Director of Mediated and Distance Learning. "The future for this program and the possibilities for expanding it to other areas of the university's six-county area look very bright."

In May 2000, the Turlock City Council approved an agreement to make CSU Stanislaus an access channel site, using the $150,000 contribution from Charter to upgrade facilities at the university to make the studio facilities available. Education and government groups will be able to reserve the studio by paying a charge to cover costs, according to Wagner.

"We're glad to have this working relationship with CSU Stanislaus," said Warren Mitchell, General Manager of Charter in Turlock. "The City of Turlock has helped make it possible and we appreciate that this is becoming a thriving partnership."

The CSU Stanislaus instructional television system, in operation since 1981, televises live upper-division baccalaureate and graduate courses on a closed-circuit channel system to classrooms sites Stockton, Tracy, Merced, and Sonora.

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