Channel 16 is the county government's cable TV channel, producing more than 850 hours of programming a year, including meetings of the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Many government agencies, from the library system to the police department, use the channel to produce original programs that highlight county services, programs and events. Some programs are available to watch "on demand" at the channel's Web site, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dtcs/channel16/.
The Fairfax County public school system operates three channels, 11, 21 and 25. These channels provide news and information about the schools, emergency messages, curriculum programming and other education-related topics.
Most local governments have at least one nonprofit public-access channel dedicated to programs produced by community members. Fairfax County Public Access is at 2929 Eskridge Rd., Suite S, Fairfax. 703-573-1090. www.fcac.org.
Fairfax City's cable channel is Cityscreen 12, with government programming.
Falls Church Community Television is located on Cox Cable Channel 12. It provides government and schools information.