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Be sure to join us on Wednesday, February 24th @ 3:30pm Eastern Time as we talk about building documentary lab programs.

We’ll hear from two community media centers who have either just started a documentary intensive program (BRIC in Brooklyn NY) and have been conducting documentary education for several years (DocU at SPNN in Saint Paul, MN), and find out why they decided to take this approach.

We’ll find out about teaching strategies and curricula, funding sources and have an opportunity to ask questions about how to start your own teaching program.

Register today!

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File it under “Irony” or “Persistence”?

On the heels of industry news that AT&T is walking away from its U-Verse video platform (https://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATTs-Giving-Up-on-UVerse-Television-136300) comes news of a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature to help remedy some of the damage AT&T caused as it tried to start the platform in that state.

The Bill (LRB 4426/1) reinstates PEG fees in Wisconsin, requires program guide listings and calls for technical parity with broadcast channels on cable systems (Wisconsin Community Media has a good summary of the bill)

ACM is supporting Wisconsin Community Media and we’re asking Wisconsin residents to contact their legislators today to co-sponsor LRB 4426/1. They can take action here.

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We are analyzing the two FCC notices issued last Thursday affecting set-top boxes (STBs) and addressing independent and local voices in the video market. Please join me on March 10th at 4pm Eastern Time when we discuss the notices on our monthly Public Policy briefing call.

The STB notice has sparked fierce debate already: It proposes to set up an independent market for the devices so consumers no longer are forced to lease them from the cable industry (you can find the NPRM and comments from the Commissioners here.

We’ve welcomed the NPRM because it could save consumers billions (yes, BILLIONS) of dollars, but just as importantly could set up independent means so PEG stations can get their program information to consumers.

Just as important in the long-term is the Notice of Inquiry that has been led by Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. There are several sections of the NOI devoted to questions about PEG programming and the ability of our channels to compete for access to audience. ACM thinks it’s extremely important for everyone in our industry to come forward on this Notice and establish the record of how the cable industry treats our channels.

If you are not signed up for the monthly Public Policy call, please contact me at mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org so you can get invites and updates