Rhode Island Statewide Interconnect
Rhode Island is in the interesting technical and geographical position to broadcast programming statewide, transmitted from one site. This facility, called the Rhode Island Statewide Interconnect, first came into being as a combined effort of all the cable companies that served the state beginning in the early 1980's.

There are three Interconnect channels:
Interconnect C is assigned programming from governmental, municipal and academic producers and institutions around the state. It also carries live programming from the Rhode Island Statehouse, produced through Capitol TV.
Interconnect B carries religious programming from around Rhode Island.
Interconnect A is programmed with public access programs, and those that do not fall into the B and C designations.

The Authority has continued that commitment as it has merged with the other original cable operators. The Playback facility is located in the PBS facility located in Providence,and is staffed from 8am until 11 pm daily. There is no program playback on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Program playback ends at 5pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

New programs and special events are currently scheduled through the The Authority and the Cable Division of the RI Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. Steven Martin coordinates the schedule for the DPUC. Time slots are limited, though.

In the Cox Communications service areas in Rhode Island, you can watch the Interconnect on Channel 13 (Channel A), 14 (Channel B) and 15(Interconnect C).

In the Verizon service areas in Rhode Island, you can watch the Interconnect on Channel 32 (Interconnect  A), 33  (nterconnect B), and 34 (Interconnect C).

In the Full Channel service areas in Rhode Island you can watch the Interconnect on Channel 13 (Channel A), Channel 14 (Channel B), Channel 15 (Channel C).

For more information about the Interconnect you can:
Call The Authority (401) 222-3636 ext. 342
Call Thomas Kogut at the RI DPUC (401) 941-4500
E-mail The Authority Director, PEG Access edias@pegri.tv
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