Public Access Channels provide local programming created by the wide variety of individuals, groups and organizations within a community. They are noncommercial and the producer has full editorial control. Public Access channel's equipment and facilities are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis and the Cable operator may not exert any editorial control except over unprotected speech (e.g., obscenity, slander).
Staten Island Community Television (SICTV) was founded in 1983 as a result of a franchise agreement between the city of New York and Staten Island Cable (now Time Warner Cable). Permanently opened in 1988, SICTV is organized as a not-for-profit corporation under IRS Code 501C3 and currently has a sixteen member board of directors appointed by the Borough President of Staten Island.
SICTV is funded through an agreement with Time Warner Cable. Funding is acquired via a quarterly payment on a per-scriber basis by Time Warner Cable and Verizon.
SICTV operates on Time Warner Cable's Channels 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 and Verizon FIOS Channels 34,35,36 and 37.The facility includes 2 Studios, 4 editing suites, and a portable camera division.
Activities at CTV
SICTV provides comprehensive television production training for eligible community members. Eligible members are defined as Staten Island Residents or individuals affiliated with Staten Island based Not-For-Profit Organizations. Volunteers, who assume all responsibility for materials submitted for cablecast, produce programming from start to finish. Access to channel space is on a First-Come, First-Served Basis. Equipment and channel usage is free of charge to eligible community members.