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District of Columbia Cable Television collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS2376

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 D.C. Council to bring cable TV to the entire District of Columbia.

Dates

  • 1972-1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For activities that the researcher determines fall under fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights, determining if the intended re-use falls under fair use, and obtaining approval from the copyright holder if the intended use does not fall under fair use. Please contact Special Collections if the copyright status of the materials you wish to reuse is unclear. Staff will provide additional information.

Biographical / Historical

In 1982, the D.C. Council 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.

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

Collection consists of the records from the D.C. Cable TV Design Commission. In 1982 a commission was formally created by the D.C. Council 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.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: District Telecommunications Development Corporation, Capital City Cable; DC Cable Design Commission Reports.

Physical Location

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

Unknown.
Title
Guide to the District of Columbia Cable Television collection, 1972-1984
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America