Who We Are
To offer diverse and stimulating programming in the public interest and to support and promote the economy and quality of life in this area by providing educational and informational programming.
The Billings Community Cable Corporation is an important thread in the fabric of the Billings Community. At Community Seven, we support three basic types of television access: Public, Education and Government.
Government access brings City Council Meetings, County Commissioner Meetings and other aspects of public life directly into the homes of approximately 28,500 cable viewers. Our local candidate forums provide an in-depth discussion of the issues that affect all of us whom live and work in the Greater Billings area.
Billings School District 2 is an important partner in providing education-oriented programming. School Board meetings are cablecast in their entirety to keep the public abreast of important issues concerning public education. School District 2 regularly features interviews and other programming that explores education issues.
BCCC's primary source of funding is a percentage of the franchise fee paid by Charter Communications to the City of Billings. Yellowstone County and School District 2 are major contributors to BCCC and the remaining funding comes from members and sponsors throughout the community.
Public Access provides the most diverse and unique programming in the Billings community. Individuals and nonprofit organizations offer a wide array of cablecasts covering religious issues, the arts, humanities and the exercise of free speech. Cable access is the embodiment of democratic values so essential to maintaining a free society.
The Billings Community Cable Corporation is funded in part by a percentage of franchise fees paid to the City of Billings through Charter Communications, the local cable provider. Since franchise fees are paid by the public, it makes good sense to use a portion of those fees to provide public access. Cable access stations are an important part of public life in cities across the United States. The amount of financial support varies widely, with some communities dedicating 100% of their access fees to maintaining a publicly accessible facility.