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Weekly News From the President: Section 508 Standards Means Change for Federal Government Websites

Section 508 Standards Means Change for Federal Government Websites 
I’ve received a number of concerned emails and calls from access channels who have been contacted by a captioning and web-streaming vendor who is trying to scare them into buying a service by saying the Federal Government has changed its Section 508 standards this last month.
The statement ()

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Weekly News From the President: PEG Channels Are Getting Slammed Across the Na

PEG Channels Are Getting Slammed Across the Nation
I use the phrase “From Maine to Maui and Manhattan in between” quite often when I talk about PEG and community media…it roughly describes the scope of communities we serve and the diversity of our channels (to be fair and to stay alliterative, I should reference our most ()

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Weekly News From the President: Is Charter Spectrum Moving Your PEG Channel?

2018 Webinars Begin Soon 
We’ll start up our 2018 Webinar series on February 28th at 3:00 pm Eastern with “A Legal and Technical Update on Closed Captioning for PEG Channels”. We’ll review the latest policy and legal issues that local governments and community channels need to consider, and look at how technical options for captioning are ()

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Weekly News From the President: Tell Us About Your Local News Efforts

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, and today marks a national commemoration of his life and enduring legacy.
I hope you take time to think about that legacy in your work in community, for your community.  The potential that all people have to make a difference ()

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Weekly News From the President: WYWOTY?

 
WYWOTY?
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 ()

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Weekly News From the President: Net Neutrality Vote by FCC – Thursday’s Child

Thursday’s Child
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 ()

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Weekly News From the President: Net Neutrality Vote is Thursday

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 ()

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Weekly News From the President: FCC Pushing Forward to End Net Neutrality

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 ()

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Weekly News From the President: Rules on Media Ownership to Loosen

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 ()

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Weekly News From the President: Capitol Hill Day in DC

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 ()

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