LAPA Leased Access Programmers Association

Issues

Congress passed a simple law mandating that cable operators provide cable carriage to 'non-affiliated', basically independent programmers, but serious review of FCC rulings shows the powerful agency takes a strong position supporting cable operators in making it difficult to exercise the rights created by law.

On Insurance-The FCC sides with cable operators in demanding the very expensive "media perils" (broadcasters) insurance which can run $3,000 + per year. The basis is that while cable operators are "held harmless' from lawsuits based on content, due to the law banning them having any editorial control over such content, the FCC still sides with the cable companies .

On Technical Support-The FCC on the surface appears to uphold the intent of Congress by having a policy on 'same type' access, but in reality they have on numerous occasions ruled in such a manner as to actually make it economically unfeasible for anyone to do 'live' or remote programming and this makes the use of Leased Access basically captive to the cable operator for airing via tape decks controlled by the operator and with charges for the service.

One of the earlier promoters of leased access programming was Matt York, the publisher of Videomaker Magazine. They have published several articles on leased access and for a while published a newsletter ("VIPNA") with information and issues about leased access. He has also helped publish a book/manual on leased access and helped produce some videos on leased access.

We hope to be able to revive some of his work and provide a resource for leased access programmers and those interested in leased access. We will have links to other leased access information sites.