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City of Ishpeming, Charter Communications Announce Charter’s First High Definition Public, Educational and Government Channel in Michigan

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After nearly three-year effort and 60-day working trial period, Channel 189 to provide community information to Ishpeming residents

Ishpeming, Mich., January 10, 2023 – The City of Ishpeming and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) (along with its subsidiaries, “Charter”) today announced the full launch of Channel 189, Charter’s first high-definition (HD) Public, Educational and Government (PEG) channel in the state of Michigan, providing a central source of community information to Ishpeming residents.

The effort, which took nearly three years of collaboration between Charter and Ishpeming, had a trial launch in November so that officials could ensure the channel was backed with the proper infrastructure and content, and that employees could be trained on the system powering the channel.

“The City of Ishpeming is constantly looking for creative ways to keep our residents better informed of what’s happening at city hall and in their community,” said Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini. “We are grateful to Charter for their partnership in making this remarkable resource available to our residents.”

Programming on Channel 189 will include:

  • City Council meetings
  • Inclement weather alerts
  • Public school updates
  • Voter information
  • Upcoming community events
  • Residential information such as the street cleaning schedule and garbage pickup
  • City-wide updates and emergencies
  • Informative video content

Local Charter Spectrum users subscribed to the basic service tier of cable television can turn their televisions to Channel 189 to take advantage of the City’s programming. Among Charter-supported PEG channels in the state of Michigan, Channel 189 is the organization’s first HD channel, which enables more dynamic content to be shown to viewers. 

“Charter’s belief in connectivity is about more than broadband and cable, but also in connecting communities of people together,” said Charter Manager of State Government Affairs Joan Movrich. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help strengthen the connection of the City of Ishpeming to its residents, and those residents to each other through Channel 189.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FEC) estimates that there are approximately 5,000 PEG channels operating throughout the country. According to national journalism think tank Nieman Lab, “Three quarters of PEG operations today are small, managed by one to three employees, and generate hyperlocal programming for a couple of cable channels typically listed as ‘local access’ on a cable system’s programming guide. While the number of local access channel operations has diminished over the years, these smaller operations still serve as reliable community information sources.”

Residents, businesses and community organizations can suggest content for Channel 189 by calling the City at (906)485-1091 or visiting their website.

About Ishpeming

The City of Ishpeming is located in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is home to about 6,600 residents. Boasting a rich mining heritage, creative small businesses, dozens of miles of trails and many outdoor amenities, and a community-centric culture, Ishpeming is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. During 2023, Ishpeming is proud to celebrate its sesquicentennial birthday, honoring the past 150 years and looking ahead to a bright future. To learn more about Ishpeming, visit https://ishpemingcity.org/.

About Charter
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the Company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.

For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise® provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The Company also distributes award-winning news coverage and sports programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.

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