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C-SPAN the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network is a medium that truly brings the government to the people By presenting live and uncut footage of our government in action the citizens of the United States can get a bit closer to what the founding fathers had in mind when they created our government C-SPAN is truly a unique channel amongst the mass of todays viewing options C-SPAN was launched March 19 1979 to provide live gavel to gavel coverage of the United States House of Representatives1 but the enterprise has been expanded beyond the original one channel and now utilizes several mediums to reach its goal The originator of this idea of bringing government into peoples homes was Brian Lamb who in addition to being the chairman and CEO of C-SPAN is also a host on many of C-SPANs programs Brians primary belief is that people should be able to see government in action without soundbites computer maps models images music and news anchor commentary Brian feels that if people can see government in action without the normal clutter then they can more easily make decisions for themselves about politics and the workings of their government In addition to C-SPAN a second channel C-SPAN2 has also been created C-SPAN2 is committed to providing live and uncut coverage of the US Senate when it is in session C-SPAN2 continues the tradition of the original channel by giving an even wider unfiltered and unplugged view of our government in action In addition to video C-SPAN also has 2 different audio networks that broadcast international and American political content unfiltered and uncut Also C-SPAN has moved into the computer world and has established a homepage to provide information to people about its services as well as receive feedback from viewers via email One of the most unique aspects of C-SPAN is that all of its services are offered totally commercial free C-SPAN is paid for by cable and satellite
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