Fischbachau - While some municipalities are discussing whether they should invest a lot of money in the live broadcast of municipal council meetings on the Internet, a municipality with previous experience in this direction currently has no such plans: Fischbachau could implement live broadcast relatively easily, but is currently not working on it.
Fischbachau has more experience with computer broadcasts of municipal council meetings than many municipalities. During the peak of the corona pandemic, the community only broadcast the debates from the monastery hall to the actual meeting room of the community council, so that spectators can follow the meeting there despite restrictions. The technical requirements for a stream to the whole world would be practically the same: camera, computer, sound - Fischbachau has already successfully used all of this. Consultations would also be conceivable.
Nevertheless, according to managing director Johann Neundlinger, the local council has so far not expressed any interest in live broadcasts: “The fundamental question is whether we want to talk to each other via video or meet each other in the future,” he says.
"I think people are happy when they can get together again after Corona." For the time being, there are therefore no plans to broadcast debates on the Internet.
Neundlinger considers hybrid meetings to be difficult to implement, in which only the mayor has to be present in the hall and local councils can participate via the Internet.
Should technical problems prevent a local council from following the debate or voting, the community must prove that it is innocent.
That requires a professional company and drives up the costs.
In addition, some councilors lived in areas without high-speed internet.
“Hybrid sessions are more suitable for urban areas,” says Neundlinger.
"They are problematic in large municipalities."
In principle, Fischbachau is equipped for live broadcasts and hybrid sessions, emphasizes the manager: “Anything is possible.” Should more mutations occur and the incidences rise again, the administration could get them up and running promptly.
The municipal council just has to decide it.
"Then we implement it."
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