Policy

Vermont Public Utilities Commission denies Comcast’s appeal against providing schedule information for state PEG channels

August 3, 2017 – A statewide victory for Vermont public, educational and government (PEG) access channels is capturing nationwide attention with the July 27, 2017 announcement that The Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) denied a motion filed by Comcast.
Review the order, Docket No. 8301 PDF
For several years, against Comcast’s legal obligations within the state’s guidelines, ()

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Weekly News From the President: ACM Conference, Eric Möllberg, Public Policy Updates

ACM Annual Conference 
A big thank you to everyone who made this year’s ACM National Conference in Minneapolis a success: our staff, volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors, and you, the members who joined us from around the country.
There are too many things to remember about this last week: The Open House and Truck Rally at SPNN, strategic ()

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Weekly News From the President: Here’s to Freedom!

Here’s to Freedom!
Just about every Independence Day, I think about FDR’s Four Freedoms speech – pointing to the possibility of a world that protects and ensures fundamental freedoms for all.  In one way, shape or form, we all are dedicated to part of that vision in our work.
Those Four Freedoms?  Freedom of Speech, Freedom of ()

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Weekly News From the President: #ACMmpls, FCC Updates

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT: 15 days to go!

I’m counting down the days to the ACM National Conference in Minneapolis. I’m memorizing the conference hashtag, #ACMmpls, finalizing preparations with speakers, and getting ready for what will be a great event in Minnesota!
We’ll have a couple events across the Mississippi River in the other twin city, Saint ()

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Weekly News From the President: Join the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Join the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment
The FCC is accepting nominations to its Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.  The Advisory Committee will serve for two years and will meet regularly in Washington DC. Its mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC on how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate ()

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Weekly News From the President: MassAccess Legislation Efforts & More

Birds of a Feather Sessions at the 2017 ACM Conference
We received great feedback from people who attended the 2016 ACM Conference in Boston about our Birds of a Feather sessions. We will be continuing them this year at the Minneapolis Conference next month.  The idea is for conference attendees to lead discussions and organize efforts ()

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Weekly News From the President: Webinars, Policy and More

CLOSED CAPTIONING WEBINAR 
Thanks to everyone who attended our ACM Webinar on Closed Captioning Rules last week. If you missed it, here are some key takeaways:

You should determine if your organization or local government is exempt from the FCC’s closed captioning rules.
ACM will let you know about new reporting and certification requirements for all cable channels ()

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Weekly News From the President: FCC PETITION UPDATE

FCC Petition Update
I want to thank all our members who have filed in reply to our petition with the FCC to waive the requirement for access producers to register and certify yearly whether they are exempt from the Commission’s captioning rules.
Both large cities (like Boston and Los Angeles) and small communities are supporting the Petition, ()

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Weekly News From the President: Upcoming Public Policy Calls

Public Policy Calls Coming Up This Week
We are expanding the opportunities for you and other ACM members to gather for ACM Public Policy briefings. We want to make sure that as many people as possible get updates and can discuss what’s happening with public policy on the national level.
Calls are taking place on the LAST ()

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Weekly News From the President: Ajit Pai as new FCC Chair?

Ajit Pai as new FCC Chair?
Press reports this weekend claim that Commissioner Ajit Pai may soon be named Chair of the FCC. If he is named by the Trump Administration, he would not need Senate confirmation as he already is on the Commission, and he would immediately lead a 2-1 Republican majority.
What are Commissioner Pai’s ()

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