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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, as is the NCTA and NATOA. Some disability rights groups have acknowledged the legitimacy of the Petition, even though they question the need for exemptions from the FCC rules.

We’ll be reviewing the comments and issuing a reply by the February 24th deadline. Let me know if you wish to file reply comments.   

We will be holding a webinar on Captioning Rules for PEG Channels next Wednesday, February 22 at 3:00 pm ET. Details below.

15 FOR 3 UPDATE
Another big thank you to all the organizations who are contacting their congressional delegations this month as part of our “15 for 3” campaign.  

The idea is to take 15 minutes this month to contact your delegations to talk about the importance of PEG Community Media. Organizations are getting their Boards of Directors and volunteers to build exposure for what we do in our communities.

So far, we have members in 21 states doing outreach this month, but we want more people in more states! Won’t you take 15 minutes to talk about the importance of your work?

Send me an email if you want to be part of the campaign!

ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNING CALL FOR COMMUNITY MEDIA DAY
We’ll be hosting the first organizing meet up for Community Media Day this week at 3:00 pm ET. The celebration is on October 20, 2017 and we’re asking everyone in Community Media to be a part of this second annual celebration. We’ll share ideas to help get people kick started for the event. Join in the discussion by calling 202-768-7275.

REGIONAL EVENTS AND CONFERENCES COMING
I’m looking forward to seeing members at regional events across the country in March and April. I’ll be in Cincinnati, Fresno, Portland, Milwaukee and Myrtle Beach at regional events. If you’re planning to attend, please sign up now!

See you in the Spring!

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO