Policy

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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Weekly News From the President: Dr. MLKJ & FCC Seeks Comments on ACM’s Petition

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
I hope you take some time to consider the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this national day of recognition and how it fits into our lives and work every day beyond this one.
The voices and needs of everyone; the famous and the oppressed, the big and ()

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Weekly News From the President: 115th Congress Meets in Washington

The 115th Congress is underway. There are new appointments in the Senate and House on the committees that work on issues that affect community television. Here’s a quick look:
In the Senate Commerce Committee there are eight new members. In the Republican majority there is Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma), Mike Lee (Utah), Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) ()

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Thank You NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for Standing Up for PEG Access

The Alliance wants to thank New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his recent comments to the New York Public Service Commission on the proposed merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable.

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Weekly News from the President- Alliance Members Step Up

Our members stepped up to the plate this past week. The House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington DC had issued a call for input on its White Paper on Video Regulation this past month. By the deadline this past Friday, ACM members had sent over 180 letters describing the value of services they provide in local communities across a wide swath of the country.

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