The BACB is a volunteer organization committed to: resolving
cable complaints, inviting cable competition, pursuing legislative
enhancements, protecting public rights of way/revenue stream and the
development of local public access programming for community
Our Executive Director occupies the only staff position and is
responsible for oversight of the franchise agreements, processing of
cable complaints, annual report/quarterly financials/budget,
monitoring expenditures, consulting on legal and legislative issues,
BACB and other municipal meeting preparation and special projects as
directed by the Board. Most importantly, the Executive Director is
our liaison to the public and our four member communities.
Read our approved strategic plan for the future of the Birmingham
Area Cable Board.
Birmingham Area Cable Board 2009 Strategic Plan
- View our brochure - “ Choosing a TV Provider"
- Digital Transition and community outreach: We staffed a
booth at the 2008 Birmingham Farmer's Market to share DTV coupon
request forms, hook up guides and complaint forms. Indoor
antenna issues persist and are discussed at
- We worked with all cable providers (Comcast, AT&T and WOW) to streamline the escalation and resolution of subscriber complaints.
- We accessed reserved PEG funds (we cannot bond) to replace
an old and obsolete truck with an HD vehicle for public access
- We have transformed our outdated website for accessibility
and increased awareness of cable issues.
- Through our attorneys, Beier, Howlett, PC, we have participated in telecommunication filings from local to state and federal levels. Current issues include preservation of PEG funding and accessibility for all communities, as well as the implications of the Time Warner/Comcast and AT&T/Direct TV mergers with respect to local communities.
- We have partnered with
MI NATOA (Michigan Chapter of the
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and
Advisors) to highlight the benefits of local control.
- We began broadcasting our Public access (BAPA), Educational
(BPS) and Governmental (BAMA) channels on ATT Uverse Ch 99
platform 9/09. There are still some technical challenges as we
cannot see our signal at the BCTV studio and await a commercial
remedy from ATT.
- We participated in a full day Strategic Planning Session
12/09 with Intellitrends, LLC of Clarkston, MI.
- In addition to AT&T, we began broadcasting our BAPA, BPS and BAMA channels on WOW channels 18, 15 and 10.
- We gave significant educational grants to the Birmingham Public Schools for infrastructure at Seaholm High School and the Board Administrative Center at Groves High School and we continue to support public services in our communities as free drops are no longer covered by the providers.
- We conducted a survey of residents in 2010 to receive
community input on many different aspects of cable television
service. We updated the results via a new survey in 2013, with
the top 10 findings as follows:
- Watching TV via a mobile device has increased from just
4% in 2010 to 17% in 2013.
- WOW is making positive inroads and taking market Comcast
- WOW gets highest provider ratings, then AT&T U-Verse,
- Pricing is still the biggest pain point and motivation
for switching providers.
- Switching to Internet only TV is not very popular (yet).
- Even though a large majority (75%) of residents feel
that it is important to have local community channels –this
is down 10% from 2010.
- Channel surfing continues to be the leading way
residents find out about PEG programming.
- Awareness for PEG channels continues to increase, but
use/viewership is either holding steady (BAPA) or decreasing
(BAMA & Educational).
- Municipal Channel viewing is down more significantly (by
22%) than Public Access Channel viewing (by 9%) compared to
eight years ago. The Educational channel continues to be the
- Similar to 2010, the leading suggestion to the Board is
to have more competition.
Click here to read the entire survey