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City of Galveston to provide Streaming Video
by Jim Guidry
Friday, June 18, 2010

The City of Galveston reports that Swagit, the company contracted to provide live Streaming Video of city council meetings on the Internet, as well as archived recordings of previous meetings, is nearing completion of the installation of equipment.


“Web streaming is progressing,” said Public Information Officer Alicia Cahill.  “We hope to install the equipment towards the end of this week, test the system, and hopefully launch the service at the June 24 city council meeting.  Barring any technical difficulties we should be able to stick to our web streaming implementation schedule.”  


Swagit is an excellent choice for the city. The company currently provides the service to the City of Houston and several other entities. The meetings will be available on the City of Galveston website, live and on demand.


Guidry News Service has been providing archived recordings of the city council meetings in Streaming Video on since December 12, 2008.  Following Hurricane Ike the city was no longer able to afford the Swagit service for which it had budgeted.  Lynda and I thought that at such a cricical time it was important that Galveston residents, who had been displaced to the mainland, and those who did not subscribe to cable, be able to watch and hear the meetings.


The city declined to participate in the cost of our project, so we have continued on our own, with the support of a handful of sponsors.  We very much appreciate their helping us to furnish the reports to our audience.


We applaud Mayor Joe Jaworski and the members of the new city council for moving forward with the Swagit project. will post a Streaming Video recording of the June 24 meeting, as a backup, in case there is a problem with the new system.  Thereafter, we will provide the meetings we have posted as archives on

To review past meetings of Galveston City Council that are posted on Click Here 

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