Starting in the New Year, Beverly City Council and School Committee meetings can be streamed live online through BevCam Community Access Media’s website.
The service will begin with the Jan. 3 inauguration and continue with the twice-monthly City Council meetings and monthly School Committee meetings.
“For people who don’t either subscribe to Comcast or who do subscribe to Dish Network or some other things, they can logged onto the BevCam website and they can click the link that says live streaming and it will appear on their comp on the BevCam website,” BevCam executive director Walt Kosmowski said.
“Let’s say you are traveling or on vacation or away from home. You can take out your computer, click on the link and see live what’s taking place and just as being broadcast by us from City Hall.”
Kosmowski said the city requested the service previously but they never had the budget to do it.
“We weren’t able to do this before because we had a very tight budget for the last 10 years,” Kosmowski said. “We recently renegotiated our contract with Comcast and this gives us a little bit more money.”
The meetings will also be archived on BevCam’s website.
“At the same time the meeting is being streamed out live it’s also being recorded and being put in an archive,” Kosmowski said. “As we go on in time every meeting that was streamed gets put into an archive by date.”
The local access TV station’s new contract with Comcast has also allowed them to buy new equipment and hire a new employee.
“Until we renegotiated our contract we were literally pitching every nickel to make sure we could pay our staff and buy tape,” Kosmowski said. “We were literally in a belt tightening situation for a lot of years.”
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