Paying for public access

Philip Morris, the CEO for Proctors, approached town officials about reaching an agreement on establishing a service fee, with the possibility of adding the fee into the pending franchise agreement with Time Warner. Town officials, though, have decided against including Open Stage Media in the agreement.

"We have chosen not to make it a part of our franchise agreement [with Time Warner] but would consider it upon the request being made," said James MacFarland, director of operations for Glenville, about establishing a fee. "Glenville's perspective is we should not be singled out in any way."

Morris had originally asked the town to pay 45 cents per month for each subscriber, but dropped that amount to $5,000 a year. Morris also said the town never designated Open Stage Media as its official public access provider, which means the town can't now complain it wasn't included in discussions.

"If you want to complain, then you've got to participate," said Morris. "They chose ... to keep it at no cost, and we are saying that is not going to work. It is not that this is a surprise, it is just a surprise that we are serious."

At the Town Board meeting, Koetzle said there was an agreement that municipalities wouldn't have to fund Open Stage Media but were encouraged to help out.

"The only time Open Stage Media engaged the Town of Glenville was when they came to us asking for financial support, after the fact that the deal is already done," said Koetzle. "Open Stage Media always indicated to the Schenectady City Council that they would not kick anyone off for lack of financial support ever. In the meetings we had with Open Stage Media, that was conveyed to us over and over again."

Morris is expected to make a presentation about Open Stage Media at an upcoming board meeting, but a date has not yet been scheduled. Morris said he would explain what "Open Stage Media is, does and will continue to do."

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