Welcome to 2018! I hope you have survived the various and sundry holiday traditions we all jointly and individually hold dear, endured bombo-genesis, and made it through a host of end-of-year lists.
My favorite of these year-end list traditions is Word of the Year (or WOTY); that defines our collective zeitgeist or a mass cultural mood (…)
Thursday was a crappy news day if you like independent and local media.
If you own Disney or Fox stock, are a telecom investor or cable operator, or own lots of broadcast licenses, you probably don’t share that opinion.
In one single day, the FCC vacated its Open Internet rules and threatened states and cities that (…)
The FCC will be holding their December open meeting this Thursday. It’s widely expected that the Pai Commission will overturn the current Net Neutrality rules on a partisan 3-2 vote.
What comes next? Expect a series of lawsuits from a host of advocates civil rights groups, small businesses and even some ISPs, and a ruling in (…)
The hits just keep on coming from the FCC. Over Thanksgiving the Commission announced its December agenda, which will push an effort to eliminate current Net Neutrality regulation AND preempt state and local efforts to enforce internet fairness regulations.
What’s especially infuriating about the Commission’s expected order is that the Commission’s leadership has said they will (…)
Rules on Media Ownership to Loosen
On the heels of last month’s vote to eliminate the main studio rule for broadcasters, last Thursday the FCC voted to eliminate barriers to media cross-ownership and consolidation.
What does it mean?
Well, it means that holiday shopping for media conglomerates starts before this Black Friday. Already there are rumors of multiple (…)
ACM hosted 30 members from around the country last week for our ACM Capitol Hill Day event. In all, ACM visited 35 offices in the Senate, House and the FCC, pressing the importance of PEG for local communities, the need for technical fairness for our channels, and the need to ensure local media is preserved (…)
ACM Northeast Regional Updates and Conference & Tradeshow Recap
Thanks again to all the ACM Members who attended the Northeast Regional Conference in Falmouth, MA this last week! Over 200 people and 40 vendors came to Cape Cod area for the event. A big thank you to Deb Rogers from Falmouth Community TV who hosted (…)
FCC Votes to Eliminate ‘Main Studio Rule’
Halloween tricks came early for media localism this last week.
The FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate the requirement for broadcasters to maintain local studios to keep their licenses. Lifting the requirement continues paving the way for a media consolidation wave that Chairman Ajit Pai hopes to induce when the Commission (…)
Community Media Day Recap
It was great to see the celebrations across the country on Community Media Day this past Friday! Open houses, film screenings, lectures, concerts, and special messages and testimonials from community members who love community media were all on tap. If you search the hashtag #CommunityMediaDay on social media you’ll get a sense (…)
Administrative Assistant – Youth Media Center (MNN El Barrio Firehouse)
The MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center is a newly renovated state-of-the-art television production and training facility. Its Youth Media Center offers programs and opportunities for young people, ages 16 to 24 years, to develop as 21st century communicators. The Youth Media Center’s programs build (…)