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DUBUQUE TV-FM CABLE COMPANY. In 1963 MEDELCO completed the installation of cable-powered television in all three Dubuque hospitals. Families with patients in the hospital could ask the hospital office to have to have a cable-powered television installed in the room with no deposit, minimum time contract and "reasonable rates." (1) On November 5, 1963 local residents were asked to vote on Franchise Ordinance No. 25-63, as enacted by the city council on September 16, 1963. Viewers with the cable television could watch ABC, CBS, NBC and WGN Chicago television which offered Family Classics as a regular Friday night feature. There was also 24-hours of the "world's great music over crustal-clear FM stations, and thrilling FM stereo broadcasts." (2)

In 1971 the Federal Communication Commission announced its intent to require cable television to make channels available for public use as early as March 1, 1972. While this might have surprised others, Robert Loos, general manager of the Dubuque TV-FM Cable Company and local public and parochial school administrators had been discussing such a possibility. While greatly interested in the concept, administrators were concerned that school systems did not have the money for expensive equipment. Loos noted that the cable company were not demanding that broadcasts for educational enrichment be on professional quality. The FCC was also interested in providing channels of municipal use and one for use by the general public. Locally, this was a problem because the cable system was only a 12-channel system while other had a capacity for twenty channels. (3)

The 1962 through 1972 Dubuque City Directory listed 1043 Main.




1. Advertisement, Telegraph-Herald, May 5, 1963, p. 20

2. Advertisement, Telegraph-Herald, November 4, 1963, p. 5

3. Babcock, Susan, "CATV and School," Telegraph Herald, September 27, 1971, p. 6