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Document Details


Title: Bill Bradley
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: A city official, Bill Bradley played a key role in the development of cable television in Denver and on the national stage as a representative of cities in negotiations with the cable industry and the federal government. Born in West Virginia, Bradley moved to Denver in the early 1960s and took a job in 1965 as legislative analyst for the city council. Starting in 1967 he was involved in the first effort to grant a cable franchise for the city. That ended when the council was unable to decide between two competing bids and postponed action. The effort got underway again in 1979 when a three way race between Mile Hi Cablevision, United Cable and TelePrompTer Corp. generated one of the hottest franchising battles in the nation. Mile Hi, a partnership between Bill Daniels and American Television & Communications, won. Bradley then went on to head up the newly created Office of Telecommunications for Denver, overseeing construction of the system and compliance with the city regulations. Bradley was also involved at the national level, helping ot found the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. NATOA joined city officials from around the country in a common organization which negotiated for the cities with the cable industry and the federal government. Bradley played a key role in passage of the 1984 Cable Act and in many of the regulations later promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission. In his oral history, Bradley gives a detailed history of the franchise process in Denver, touching on the use of consultants, the bidding process, the practice of involving local shareholders and political issues involved.
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=61
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2000 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Bradley, William B. (Bill)
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Director
Document location: Denver, CO
Document date: 03-May-2000
Interviewer: Keller, Jim
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Public broadcasting; Television; Television programs; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cable administrators
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022690-24086