Cobb commissioners to give $475K for education TV channel

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners agreed 5-0 Tuesday to give $475,000 to the Cobb County School District for new Educational Channel TV24 equipment.

School district officials plan to rebuild internal infrastructure to current high-definition standards and add field equipment for station personnel, according to County Manager David Hankerson.

This money comes from Public Education Government funds collected from Comcast, Charter and AT&T U-Verse franchise fees, now totaling $1.8 million.

The last time the school district was given a grant by the county commissioners from the cable franchise fees was $180,000 in 2011 to replace outmoded equipment and incorporate more efficient technology for their cablecast operations.

Then in 2002, the school district received $25,000 to extend fiber from the Board of Education administrative office to the cable system, enabling live broadcasts of school board meetings and other events.