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The History of TBCN


Launched on the campus of the University of Tampa, PATV was established by the City of Tampa in 1985 and in unincorporated Hillsborough County in 1987.  [Neither Plant City nor Temple Terrace provide PATV to their residents.]  Cable operators including Tampa Cable, Jones Intercable and Time Warner managed the facility until April 3, 2000, when Speak Up Tampa Bay Public Access Television, Inc., a 501[c][3] non-profit corporation, was contracted by local government to take over that responsibility.  Speak Up operates the channels as Tampa Bay Community Network [TBCN] from a 5,000-square-feet storefront space at University Mall, which is located at 2200 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612.  The facility is  used by TBCN members, university students and TBCN’s Training and Outreach departments.