District 27 U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (D-Texas) launched his MiCongress On-Demand Channel throughout South Texas last week.

The channel, which contains videos and information about his work in Congress, will be available via cable providers, and he will regularly update the content to reflect the issues and interests of his Congressional District.

"I want to connect directly with my constituents in their homes, offices and businesses," Ortiz said in a prepared statement. "MiCongress will allow me to provide the latest news about what Congress is doing to and present my thoughts on issues of importance for South Texans."

To view Ortiz's On-Demand channel, go to the "Find It on Demand" channel, then to "My Government." Within "My Government," select "MiCongress." You can select from the four titles: My District, Military, Immigration and en espanol. The channel number in the Coastal Bend area is 988, 801 in the Rio Grande Valley, and both are carried through Time Warner Cable.

Ortiz, Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, said the channel would be another method of communication with his constituents, from Ingleside to Brownsville.

"I try to represent the 700,000 residents of the 27th Congressional District diligently - through the votes I cast and the legislation I introduce, support or oppose," he said. "I want them to know I am here because of them; to serve them and their needs. This is their channel."

Ortiz, who last year launched a Facebook page that now has close to 1,000 fans, said spurring innovation and technology in the 21st Century is important because mass communication in all areas continues to grow.

"When I got to Congress we used typewriters and wired phones that were bigger than modern day laser printers," he said. "Today, we have wireless handheld devices, computers and laptops. These technologies not only allow me to reach out to more and more people, it allows them to reach me so we can have a dialog."

The channel number in the Coastal Bend area is 988, 801 in the Rio Grande Valley, and both are carried through Time Warner Cable.

Several weeks ago, Ortiz launched Twitter and Flicker accounts and his C-SPAN Video Library Channel. Constituents are urged to visit his Web site, http://ortiz.house.gov, for the latest information on his work in Congress.