delivery system obsolete) may affect the future of public access television, there is good reason to believe that this media service -- or something closely resembling it -- will remain vital. In fact, the great strength of public access television -- its fulfillment of the promise of democratic participation in the marketplace of ideas -- is likely to become more valued, not less. Even though information can flow much faster, and in far greater quantities, via computer, telephone, or fax, none of these modes are local and geographically communal. Of all the media, public access television still holds the greatest potential for bringing communities together and binding them in shared knowledge and experience. Local control of and participation in television is also the best protection against the homogenization of the mass media. With the concentration of control of the global media in a shrinking number of corporate hands, public access television stands as one media institution that could and should remain free and fully democratic.