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C-SPAN historical archive now at GMU


  The Capitol Connection, which is affiliated with the George Mason University, went into business to bring business television to the decision makers of Washington, DC. As you can see from this Washington Post article, the ties between the university and C-Span are strong. This article also mentions the Capitol Connection’s founder Michael R. Kelley who passed away in November 2013.  Please have a look at this well written Washington Post article by Tom Jackman.

What television channels do you really need at the office?

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Benjamin Franklin once said, "Waste neither time nor money, but make the   best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything."

5 Tips For Moving Your Cable TV Services

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Plan ahead – Moving your office can be hectic. Coordinating the logistics alone can be a nightmare. Moving cable TV service for businesses can take time, so get a timeframe for installation from the vendor.  Depending on the type of construction at your new location, the cable TV installation may need to be completed before the walls and ceilings are finished.

6 Ways to get International and Public Affairs News in Washington, DC

International News Washington DC NewsWashington D.C. is a major world player on the global stage.  We know all too well that what happens in D.C. doesn't always stay in D.C.  And we know that what happens in the international arena, and global opinions, can affect the U.S.  This is especially true for organizations in the D.C. area.   Following international TV news and public affairs makes a difference whether you are a lobbyist, attorney, government worker, or beltway contractor.  

To keep up with the goings-on around the globe, D.C. professionals can watch the MHz Network.  They carry international news, public affairs and cultural TV programs in the D.C. Metro area and you can get them easily in most D.C. offices.   The channels include:
  • MHz Worldview DC - news and public affairs programming from Asia and Europe
  • NHK World TV - Japanese television news and information in English
  • CCTV News - English language news channel of China Central Television (CCTV)
  • RT - the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel with the Russian view on global news
  • Al Jazeera English - 24-hour international English-language news and current affairs from the Middle East
  • CCTV Documentary - provides a window to the rich culture and heritage of China
In this age of global information, business professionals need to keep up with Congress, national and international news seamlessly.  You can do this through an inexpensive alternative to cable TV in the D.C. area.  By combining the Capitol Connection's budget TV service with free programming from a rooftop antenna, organizations can access programs focused on national and international news and public affairs in Washington, D.C.   This budget cable package includes CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg News, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3; and you can get the international TV programs for free (available in most locations).  All of this comes with a commodity that is all too rare in the cable TV business - exceptional customer service.

Contact us for more information, call 703-993-3100 or send email to

Supreme Court on Obamacare; Capitol Connection TV gets it right!

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“Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.”  Those were the words of now Chief Justice John Roberts as he introduced himself to the nation at his 2005 confirmation hearings.  The statement was a follow up to his analysis that, “judges are like umpires,” meaning that they [judges] do not make the rules, they simply apply them.  In the fall of 2012, however, Robert’s insights lose a bit of traction.  Okay, so maybe baseball fans still don’t watch the umpires that carefully, but we all now realize how valuable those professional football refs are! 

The Capitol Connection Office TV Service: A SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis Chart

For those of us who are familiar with SWOT analysis, the exercise may seem rather simple; list the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats associated with an existing service or new venture and voila! You’re able to make an insightful decision.  That’s it, right?  Not so fast.

Am I seeing box shaped spots on my Cable TV programs? What are they?

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During the past year or so, you may have noticed that some print advertisements, consumer packaging and newspaper articles contain a square filled in with little pixilated markings. Recently television programs have also flashed the codes on the screen. So, what's it all about? Those boxes are what is known as a QR or Quick Response Codes.  The code can be scanned with a cell phone to provide a huge volume of information.  In case this marketing trend is new to you, here's a little QR history lesson.

The Capitol Connection Working With Green Roofs in DC!

Capitol Connection Antenna on Green Roof

As previously reported (see our June 29, 2012 Blog), Washington DC has the second largest green roof footprint in the country.   As more and more buildings are going green the question of how roof top equipment can be incorporated into these structures is more pressing.  As you can see from the picture here, The Capitol Connection rooftop antenna system works unobtrusively in these spaces.  This project at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, NW is our most recent collaboration with the green roof movement. 

Is Your Business TV Service Giving YOU The Business???

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A recent story on the front page of the business section of the New York Times (7/7/2012) detailed the growing number of businesses that no longer provide phone support for customers. The Times narrowed the scope of their story to tech companies, but the trend is growing among all kinds businesses. Some companies have done a good job of directing customers to websites, where they can check FAQs, use email or contribute their query to a forum.

WINDMAGEDDON???? Our TV Service Remained Intact!

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While last Friday’s derecho storm left many of us sweltering in the dark without any means to phone or email, The Capitol Connection TV transmit system remained intact.  Our faithful engineers were able to check and monitor the signals immediately reporting that everything was working just fine.  Due to the strong winds and lightening, however, some buildings may have experienced damage to the roof equipment resulting in a loss of the individual signal to those properties.  With the 4th of July falling in the middle of the week, we suspect many of our customers had already arranged time off and have not yet checked their service.   We have reached out to customers in some of our larger buildings and have so far not found any problems.  We have also, however, heard from a handful of customers in other buildings who report a loss of signal and we have sent technicians out to repair the damage.

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