That's the latest word from Chris Dallin, Chamber CEO, who said progress is continuing to be made in preparations for Channel 17 to come online.
"Clearfield City just came on board," he said Tuesday afternoon. "As a result of that, we have the necessary money to start. Of course, we want more funding for programming and will look for business underwriting -- partnerships with businesses so they can put their message out as well."
As of now, a specific "live date"has not been set, because equipment specially made for this project is needed, Dallin said. "We can't just go to Best Buy and purchase it. We will run some fiber optic (cable)up to the DATC(Davis Applied Technology College)."
The DATC already has a TVstudio that is used for distance education programs in conjunction with Utah State University.
"As soon as the equipment is in, the fiber optic is in, we will make an announcement,"he said. "We're hoping for late summer or early fall, hopefully before that."
Whenever it is turned on, Dallin promises there will be more than "crawlers" to greet viewers. Crawlers refer to the announcements plugged on to some community service-type cable channels, listing upcoming events, or services available.
"There will be video right out of the gate,"Dallin said. "We're excited about that. That is an important part of this. There is already a lot of video out there to explain a lot of things."
Participating entities will have the option of choosing programs they would like to air. For example, material on emergency preparedness might be targeted by one city. "FEMA(Federal Emergency Management Administration) has produced a video we may be able to get."
The chamber, Antelope Island, Utah Travel Council, all have videos that could be aired.
"When we start this (channel), this will be an incredible product with a lot of information. The longer we go, the more archival material we will have,"Dallin said.
"We hope to use some DATCstudents, such as in the taping of high school games, maybe even chamber functions, etc.," he continued.
Currently, participating cities include Bountiful, Clearfield, Farmington, Layton, Syracuse and West Point, as well as Davis County. "Others may jump on board, we just haven't heard officially. We'll see what happens," he said.
In the meantime, a committee is meeting about every two weeks to prepare for the opening.
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