MTN serves the residents of Minneapolis with tools, programs, and activities to engage and connect diverse residents and institutions through the exchange of ideas, stories, and information. In this way MTN strives to build a vibrant democracy in which all share social, cultural, and economic vitality.
MTN began operations in 1984 with a mission to provide access to television broadcast equipment and to cable television channels for the diverse community. MTN's mission centers on empowering communities to bring their own unique voices to cable television. We are committed to freedom of speech for all. MTN enables all citizens to exercise this freedom by providing basic television production training, and by airing all work that is created community producers on its cable channels.
MTN supports public access to media in three ways:
- We provide training in the use of video, television and Internet technologies.
- We provide direct community access to cable television channels.
- We provide unique education and mentoring programs for young people in grades six through twelve.
Today we serve over 400 volunteer community producers with community television productions taking place in every neighborhood in Minneapolis.
MTN channels are available to cable subscribers who live within the boundaries of the city of Minneapolis.
MTN was incorporated as the "Minneapolis Telecommunication Network," but is popularly known as the "Minneapolis Television Network."