About CTN

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Since 1973, CTN has provided free television production workshops to residents and non-profit organizations and created local cable programming about our community. CTN is one of the oldest access television operations in the country and has experienced a dynamic and productive existence. Video: Who is CTN​


CTN is funded via cable franchise fees, which are the compensation paid to the local franchising agency (the City of Ann Arbor) for use of rights of way which is used in the deployment of the cable system. Franchise fees are capped at 5 percent by Federal law, however, the Federal law also allows for additional fees that can be used for Public, Educational and Government (PEG) channels and communication services. In the City of Ann Arbor, the PEG fee paid by cable operators is 2 percent. CTN does not receive City of Ann Arbor general fund revenue.

Viewership on Cable TV

CTN is carried on Comcast/Xfinity in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, portions of Scio Township and Pittsfield Township. CTN Channel 16 is also carried on AT&T channel 99 Estimated penetration rate of 63K household and Commercial reach in the City of Ann Arbor.

View CTN online

Comcast cable channels 16, 17, 18 and 19, and online streaming and video on demand. YouTube Channel

Programs We Produce

CTN Local Series, Promos, PSA's, Community Messages, Meeting Coverage, Ann Arbor Public School Sports

Submit a program - Public Access Channel

Residents and non-residents ae encouraged to submit their programs to Public Access Channel 17.   Video - How To Submit a Public Access Program.​

Submit to the Electronic Bulletin Boards 

A free of charge, convenient and simple way to promote nonprofit events, announcements.  Video - How To Submit the Electronic Bulletin Board. Send messages to [email protected] or fill out this Form

Public Involvement

Residents of the City of Ann Arbor or a verified representative of an Ann Arbor area non-profit organization have the option to take free video production training​ and checkout equipment . CTN requires proof of residency.  Video: Tours of CTN​​


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Franchise​ agreements between the City of Ann Arbor and cable operators are non-exclusive, therefore, any cable provider may negotiate with the City of Ann Arbor to offer cable service. Currently, AT&T and Comcast have franchise agreements to offer cable service in Ann Arbor.   

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2805 S. Industrial Highway, Ste 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Monday - Friday
11 am - 8 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Call CTN to schedule an appointment with staff