North Charleston broadcasting city council meetings live and on the cheap (post-meeting update)

Post-meeting update: Well the meeting's over and what's particularly swell about it is that you can watch the recorded meeting if you missed it; do so here.

First reporting: Long talked about, the City of North Charleston will stream its City Hall meetings live starting tonight, February 11, at 7 p.m.

Consider the setup a beta test and watch it over here.

In some ways what's most remarkable about this is just how inexpensively it's been done (think: Internet + Webcam + PC.) Maybe the City of Charleston can take a page from this, after all their City Council just balked at an estimated $150,000 cost to broadcast over public access. What's more is I'd argue the low cost Web video is far superior.