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 (…)
The FCC will be holding their December open meeting this Thursday. It’s widely expected that the Pai Commission will overturn the current Net Neutrality rules on a partisan 3-2 vote.
What comes next? Expect a series of lawsuits from a host of advocates civil rights groups, small businesses and even some ISPs, and a ruling in (…)
The hits just keep on coming from the FCC. Over Thanksgiving the Commission announced its December agenda, which will push an effort to eliminate current Net Neutrality regulation AND preempt state and local efforts to enforce internet fairness regulations.
What’s especially infuriating about the Commission’s expected order is that the Commission’s leadership has said they will (…)
Rules on Media Ownership to Loosen
On the heels of last month’s vote to eliminate the main studio rule for broadcasters, last Thursday the FCC voted to eliminate barriers to media cross-ownership and consolidation.
What does it mean?
Well, it means that holiday shopping for media conglomerates starts before this Black Friday. Already there are rumors of multiple (…)
ACM hosted 30 members from around the country last week for our ACM Capitol Hill Day event. In all, ACM visited 35 offices in the Senate, House and the FCC, pressing the importance of PEG for local communities, the need for technical fairness for our channels, and the need to ensure local media is preserved (…)
FCC Votes to Eliminate ‘Main Studio Rule’
Halloween tricks came early for media localism this last week.
The FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate the requirement for broadcasters to maintain local studios to keep their licenses. Lifting the requirement continues paving the way for a media consolidation wave that Chairman Ajit Pai hopes to induce when the Commission (…)
ACM National Conference 2018 Call for Proposals
ACM is looking ahead to 2018 and we are opening a call for proposals for next year’s annual conference in Baltimore, MD. If you want to organize a workshop or discussion, have speakers you want to suggest, or want to learn about specific topics next year, we want to (…)
Weekly News From the President: Comcast Suing Vermont After Losing an Appeal to the Public Utilities Commission
Comcast Suing Vermont After Losing an Appeal to the Public Utilities Commission
After losing its appeal to the Vermont Public Utilities Commission, Comcast is now suing the state to get out of its public service obligations. The state commission had looked at the cable related needs of customers and communities (what it’s charged to do by (…)
The FCC has extended the reply comments deadline in their Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding to this Wednesday, August 30th.
The proceeding would void the rules put forward by the Wheeler Commission to ensure that access to content is protected regardless of the commercial priorities of internet service providers. So while you could call also call it (…)
ACM is organizing a Capitol Hill Day with visits to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Congress. Our presence and focus in DC will reiterate the importance of PEG community media to our law makers and we hope you will join us! ACM will also arrange the FCC visits.
We will provide education materials and assist (…)