Arkansas network launches legislative streaming service

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A new statehouse streaming service from the Arkansas Educational Television Network launched Tuesday, covering a morning meeting of the State Board of Finance.

AR-CAN, the Arkansas Citizens Access Network, will stream legislative proceedings and other government activities, according to AETN. “The goal of AR-CAN is to provide as many livestreaming events as possible, allowing constituents to choose what to watch,” said a post on the network’s blog. The station is also soliciting suggestions for coverage on AR-CAN’s website.

The service was announced Monday by AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Sen. Jason Rapert.

“Until today, there has been no single, central location for Arkansas citizens to watch official proceedings online while learning about their government,” Pledger said. She said the network is funding the project within its existing budget.

“I love the fact that some of our independent agencies will be under consideration for live stream,” Hutchinson said.

Pledger said the network is also developing educational uses for the live streams, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Videos of legislative action will be available on the site for about a month following each event.

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