Public access exists due to an agreement between Comcast and the communities it serves. Public access programming is community programming on cable TV. It gives you the opportunity to write, produce, direct, and perform in your own programs. People who normally are not allowed easy access to the mass media find a powerful resource for local expression through public access. A majority of public access programs are produced locally by non-professionals.
Unlike broadcast television, the content of your show is controlled by you. It is only limited by the rules and regulations of public access and certain FCC rules, and it must be non-profit.
Public access is a free service provided by Comcast. Over 1 million households in the greater Chicago marketplace receive public access as a part of their basic cable service.@