MPSC to begin livestreaming its regular meetings

The Michigan Public Service Commission will use new technology to livestream a regular meeting of the Commission.

“We’re excited to be able to offer a livestream of all our meetings so the public and other stakeholders have another way they can participate in proceedings before the Commission,” said Sally Talberg, chairman of the MPSC. “Openness and transparency are hallmarks of the Commission and this upgrade will allow Michiganders across the state to watch their government in action.”

Viewers can watch the livestream here while Commission meetings are underway. The first meeting using this new technology is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

The Commission over the past year has installed an audio/visual system in its three public hearing rooms to allow easier access by the public to all scheduled meetings or hearings. The system also offers crisp viewing of presentations or supplemental materials; provides a more robust and clear sound system; and integrates video, sound and other features for use in videos to be posted to the Web.

Comments by the public made during the allotted time on the meeting agenda will be livestreamed as part of the official record. Arrangements will be made if a member of the public would like to speak at a meeting but desires not to appear on camera while making their comments to the commissioners. However, those comments will be recorded and will be a part of the official meeting minutes.

Following Commission meetings, videos will be posted to the MPSC’s YouTube channel. A link to meeting videos (and podcasts of previous meetings) also can be found on the MPSC’s website.

The public can also comment on any case before the Commission here.