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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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Weekly News From the President: Community Media Covering Local Elections

All Politics is Local
We’re hours away from Election Day 2018 and I’m reminded of all the work our members do across the country covering local elections and providing a vital forum for local candidates. National issues are increasingly marking our politics, but Tip O’Neill was right: all politics is local. Without local coverage from people ()

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Weekly News From the President: Senators Signing US Senator Edward Markey’s Letter in Support of Community Media

Senators Signing US Senator Edward Markey’s Letter in Support of Community Media
ACM thanks the US Senators who are signing Senator Ed Markey’s letter to the FCC, disapproving the FNPRM on Cable Franchising (Docket No 05-311) because of its effects on local communities and community media:

Sen Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren (MA);
Sen Tammy Baldwin (WI);
Richard Blumenthal ()

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Weekly News From the President: Encourage Your Senators to Sign Edward Markey’s Letter

Encourage Your Senators to Sign US Senator Edward Markey’s Letter in Support of Community Media
US Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts knows community media and why it exists.  He was on the House committee that helped enact the 1984 Cable Act that supported PEG across the United States.  That’s why he’s outraged at the actions of ()

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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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