Policy

Weekly News From the President: Community Media Day is this Saturday

Community Media Day is this Saturday
I hope everyone has a great Community Media Day this Saturday, October 20th!
The State of Massachusetts has proclaimed the day (thanks for this Bob Kelly!). If your community is celebrating, let us know by sending an email to 1020@communitymediaday.com.
ACM Northeast and Central States Regional Conferences
My thanks to everyone who attended ()

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Weekly News From the President: ACM NE Region Conference & Trade Show

ACM NE Region Conference & Trade Show
I’m looking forward to visiting with exhibitors and seeing presentations at the ACM Northeast Region Conference in Schenectady, NY this week.
The city along the Mohawk River is home to Proctors Theatre, a media arts center which not only hosts public access television services, but was also the home to ()

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Weekly News From the President: Community Media Day

ACM’s Public Policy Action Update & Upcoming Call
If you haven’t done so yet, please look at ACM’s Public Policy Action Update on the FCC that was sent out this last week. We’ll be talking about next steps for all PEG channels this Thursday on our regularly scheduled public policy call. If you haven’t been on ()

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ACM Public Policy Action Update

FNPRM on Cable Franchising
Summary: The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Cable Franchising (https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-seeks-comment-lfas-regulation-cable-operators). There will be public comment and reply deadlines this Fall. The FCC may issue a ruling in 2019.
Impact on communities and PEG: The FCC is proposing to rule that all “In-Kind” cable franchise obligations other than ()

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Weekly News From the President: Comcast’s Claim That Vermont Public Utilities Commission Requirements Violate First Amendment Rights is Denied

Comcast’s Claim That Vermont Public Utilities Commission Requirements Violate First Amendment Rights is Denied
Some good news for communities in Vermont this last week:  a district court rejected Comcast’s argument that community needs requirements demanded by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission infringe on the company’s right of free speech.  Comcast had argued that fulfilling the PUC’s ()

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Weekly News From the President: Federal Assault on Local Media and Municipalities Continues

Federal Assault on Local Media and Municipalities Continues
The FCC is continuing its assault on local communities and local media. The FCC has announced two agenda items for its September 26th meeting that will cripple city and county budgets and perhaps defund franchise fees.
The more immediate Order would bar localities from charging rent for the use ()

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Weekly News From the President: Fundraising Emphasis at the ACM Annual Conference

Fundraising Emphasis at the ACM Annual Conference
The most frequent request ACM gets from members is how to expand fundraising in our work. That’s why we have an emphasis on fundraising training at our National Conference in Baltimore this summer.
We’ll feature six separate sessions on fundraising skills and philosophy throughout the three days at the conference ()

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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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