"C-SPAN"-Like Coverage of Wisconsin Legislature

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A legislative committee has approved a C-SPAN-style network to broadcast legislative proceedings and other Capitol events.

But Democrats objected to the deal, saying the programming would not reach enough people and could be manipulated for partisan gain.

Current plans call for WisconsinEye to be broadcast by cable providers Time Warner and Charter, reaching more than two-thirds of Wisconsin homes that have cable.

Democratic Senator Bob Jauch of Poplar calls the program "urban eye," because the plan leaves out a large segment of the state's population, particularly in rural areas.

The programming would also be available over the Internet, but Jauch says many rural areas lack the technology needed to access Webcasts clearly.

The contract was approved by an Assembly committee and will be sent to a Senate committee.