What is Access Tucson?

Access Tucson Community Media was established as an independent, non-profit, membership-based organization for the management of public access television in 1984. Access Tucson provides the training and resources for independent producers and community organizations to provide the ideas, information, and diversity that create the most visible part of our organization, the programming.

Access Tucson is funded by cable subscribers in the form of franchise revenue fees to the City of Tucson, by facility and equipment rentals, fees for classes and membership, donations and fundraising efforts.

What is Public Access?

Public-access television is traditionally a form of non-commercial media where the general public can learn how to create content which is cablecast on cable television.  Public-access television was created in the United States between 1969 and 1971 by the Federal Communications Commission. (FCC)

Public access television provides the community an important venue for the First Amendment. It ensures the use of electronic media is possible for many groups that are under represented or not heard or seen at all in conventional broadcast television.

Access Tucson Provides:

  • Production classes.
  • Low-cost facility and equipment rentals
  • Low-cost, effective media solutions for organizations
  • Youth after-school programs
  • Free access to production equipment for members
  • Cablecast of programming produced locally or outside of Tucson.
  • Stand-by Scholarships for classes
  • Project consultation.
  • Underwriting opportunities