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Weekly News From the President: New Member Benefit & Report for America Deadline

ACM Western States Region Spring Conference
I hope to see you at the ACM West Spring Conference in Sacramento, CA next week.  The ACM Board of Directors will be meeting at the conference site, and I will be doing several presentations as part of what looks to be a very interesting program.   If you haven’t registered ()

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Weekly News From the President: New Member Benefit & Report for America Deadline

New Member Benefit
I’m pleased to announce a new benefit for Members of ACM. Starting this week, members get discount pricing on the already low prices at B&H Photo and Video. We think this will help stretch your equipment dollars and will increase your impact in the community you serve!
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Weekly News From the President: Awards Deadline Extension

Here on President’s Day 2018, it’s appropriate to talk about leadership and what it means in community media.
ACM has extended our deadlines for our National leadership awards to Tuesday – and I’d like to urge you to consider nominating the people who have made a difference in your work, and in the collective work of ()

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Weekly News From the President: A Look into North Carolina’s PEG Channels

BBQ + Access TV in Tarheel State
It’s been over a decade since the passage of North Carolina’s statewide cable franchise law. The law took local power away from cities and towns, and instituted a telecom tax that covers cable and satellite.  Some of that state tax money then flows back to PEG operations, so there’s ()

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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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