Policy

Weekly News From the President: ACM Files an Amicus Brief with the US Supreme Court

The Alliance for Community Media filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court last week affirming the constitutionality of thousands of PEG Access cable channels that serve communities across the United States. The filing rejects arguments brought forward by cable lobbyists NCTA, in a case that revolves around the rights of public access television ()

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PEG Channels Defend Their Constitutionality in the US Supreme Court

January 18, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Wassenaar, ACM (612) 298-3805
The Alliance for Community Media filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court today defending the constitutionality of thousands of PEG Access cable channels that serve communities across the United States. The brief rejects arguments to the Supreme Court by NCTA, the cable industry’s trade ()

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Weekly News From the President: Sign Up for the Community Media Emerging Leaders Institute at the Conference

The Community Media Emerging Leaders Institute at the National Conference in Portland
One of the highlights of this year’s National Conference in Portland, OR will be the expanded leadership training that will happen on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the main events of the show.
ACM and our Foundation have decided to invest in future leaders ()

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Weekly News From the President: Government Shutdown & the FCC

Silver Linings Playbook
If there’s a silver lining in the federal government shutdown, it’s that the FCC went dark last week. That means there’s no action on the FNPRM on cable franchising or any other non-essential work of the Commission.
Once the FCC is back from the shutdown, ACM will be setting up ex parte meetings with ()

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Weekly News From the President: 3,400+ Comments Submitted to the FCC

3,400+ Comments Submitted to the FCC
Over 3,400 comments against the FCC.
That’s what we saw from local businesses, faith groups, educators, school districts, public safety officials, state governments, local governments, elected officials at every level, and PEG channels across the US in the FCC’s rulemaking on cable franchising (Docket 05-311) as Friday’s reply comment deadline passed. ()

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Weekly News From the President: Reply Comments to FCC & Beyond

eply Comments to FCC & Beyond
Friday, December 14 is the FCC’s deadline for reply comments in its rule-making on cable franchising. We’ve seen over 2,200 comments from across the US so far. Almost ALL of them oppose the FCC’s proposed rules on “in-kind” support.
It’s important for your community to be on the record in the ()

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Weekly News From the President: Reply Comments for FCC’s Rulemaking on Cable Franchising Due on December 14th

Reply Comments for FCC’s Rulemaking on Cable Franchising Due on December 14th
The deadline for Reply Comments in the FCC’s rulemaking on cable franchising is fast approaching. It’s a week from Friday on December 14th.
ACM is asking members to file Reply Comments in support of the legal arguments we and our allies have presented and outline ()

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Weekly News From the President: Comments Update on FCC’s Cable Franchise

Here’s a good example of an ACM member using their studios to deepen the relationship with elected leaders.
The folks at Bedford Community TV in New Hampshire just interviewed US Senator Jeanne Shaheen about priorities in their state – the channels in NH play a vital role for communication and the Senator regularly makes use of ()

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Weekly News From the President: Comments Update on FCC’s Cable Franchise

Here’s a Thanksgiving Week Thank You:
Thanks to all our members and allies who filed initial comments in the FCC’s Rule Making Procedure on Cable Franchising – there were thousands of comments filed on the FCC’s website. You can take at look at some here.
When you look at legal arguments in the docket there were only ()

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Weekly News From the President: Initial Comments to FCC’s Cable Franchise Proceeding Due This Wednesday

Initial Comments to FCC’s Cable Franchise Proceeding Due This Wednesday
A couple quick reminders about the FCC’s proceeding on cable franchising:
Initial comments are due on Wednesday 11/14.  ACM and NATOA will be filing separate sets of comments, as will other organizations across the country.   If you cannot meet this deadline, you can support ACM’s comments with ()

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