District of Columbia Cable Television collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains reports and project proposals. The material dates from 1972-1984. These are the records of the D.C. Cable TV Design Commission. The commission was established by the Council of the District of Columbia to bring cable TV to the entire District of Columbia.
- D.C. Cable T.V. Design Commission (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
In 1982, the Council of the District of Columbia formally created the D.C. Cable TV Design Commission. This commission consisted of 28 members; their job was to create a proposal for bids for companies to install cable for the entirety of the District of Columbia. At the time that this commission was created, cable was only available to a few thousand apartments and homes in Southwest and Northwest DC. This project would make cable available to everyone.
The bidding came down to three companies: District Cablevision Inc., Capital City Cable and District Telecommunications Development Corporation. After some challenges with the scope and cost of the project, a final candidate was chosen and District Cablevision was given the contract. They were ideal because they were local, and were able to offer 79 channels which was 19 more channels than required.
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Language of Materials
Collection consists of the records from the D.C. Cable TV Design Commission. In 1982 a commission was formally created by the Council of the District of Columbia to create a proposal for bringing cable television to the District of Columbia. This collection consists of documents from the D.C. Cable TV Design Commission including two of the bids for the project. The material dates from 1972-1984.
Organized into three series: District Telecommunications Development Corporation, Capital City Cable; DC Cable Design Commission Reports.
Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Cable television -- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Municiple franchises -- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Television Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States -- District of Columbia -- Washington Subject Source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- Guide to the District of Columbia Cable Television collection, 1972-1984
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English