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Weekly News From the President: ACM NE Region Conference & Trade Show

ACM NE Region Conference & Trade Show
I’m looking forward to visiting with exhibitors and seeing presentations at the ACM Northeast Region Conference in Schenectady, NY this week.
The city along the Mohawk River is home to Proctors Theatre, a media arts center which not only hosts public access television services, but was also the home to ()

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Weekly News From the President: Community Media Day

ACM’s Public Policy Action Update & Upcoming Call
If you haven’t done so yet, please look at ACM’s Public Policy Action Update on the FCC that was sent out this last week. We’ll be talking about next steps for all PEG channels this Thursday on our regularly scheduled public policy call. If you haven’t been on ()

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ACM Public Policy Action Update

FNPRM on Cable Franchising
Summary: The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Cable Franchising (https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-seeks-comment-lfas-regulation-cable-operators). There will be public comment and reply deadlines this Fall. The FCC may issue a ruling in 2019.
Impact on communities and PEG: The FCC is proposing to rule that all “In-Kind” cable franchise obligations other than ()

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Weekly News From the President: Comcast’s Claim That Vermont Public Utilities Commission Requirements Violate First Amendment Rights is Denied

Comcast’s Claim That Vermont Public Utilities Commission Requirements Violate First Amendment Rights is Denied
Some good news for communities in Vermont this last week:  a district court rejected Comcast’s argument that community needs requirements demanded by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission infringe on the company’s right of free speech.  Comcast had argued that fulfilling the PUC’s ()

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Weekly News From the President: Federal Assault on Local Media and Municipalities Continues

Federal Assault on Local Media and Municipalities Continues
The FCC is continuing its assault on local communities and local media. The FCC has announced two agenda items for its September 26th meeting that will cripple city and county budgets and perhaps defund franchise fees.
The more immediate Order would bar localities from charging rent for the use ()

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Call for Proposals – 2019 National Conference

Deadline:  November 1, 2018
The Alliance for Community Media will hold its Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Downtown Hilton in Portland, OR on July 10-12, 2019.   The event will gather approximately 400 community media practitioners and volunteers working in Public Educational and Government Access media, youth media, community radio, podcasting and other community-based media ()

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Weekly News From the President: Changing Society for the Better

Changing Society for the Better
Here’s some interesting late summer reading for you before the unofficial end of summer next Monday:
The Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article recently on the potential that millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) have for changing institutions and changing society for the better.
Particularly interesting to me is the idea ()

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Weekly News From the President: Tell Us About Your Primary Election Coverage

Community Media Day is Two Months Away
It’s August 20th…just two scant months away from Community Media Day 2019 on October 20th!
This is the third year community media organizations around the country will be celebrating the work we do with film festivals, open houses, concerts, proclamations and other special events.
What will you be doing?
Now is a ()

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Weekly News From the President: Support ACM’s Panels for SXSW

Support ACM’s Proposals for SXSW
ACM has put together two panel proposals for the SXSW education conference in Austin, TX for spring 2019.  It’s part of our effort to promote community media to different communities across the country.  SXSW has a voting procedure to help select panels and we’d like you to help us by clicking ()

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Weekly News From the President: Mike’s Summer Reading List

Here are some things on my summer reading list from this last week I want to share (not everything here is meant for the beach however!):

Late last week the New York PSC announced that it was revoking its approval of the Time Warner Cable sale to Charter/Spectrum because of Charter’s repeated broken promises on building ()

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