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Weekly News From the President: Background Briefing Memos For You

The Alliance has prepared a series of one-page briefing papers you can use to discuss significant new policy issues affecting your organization. The first three memos cover items at last month’s FCC meeting:

  • The Notice of Inquiry on Promoting the Availability of Diverse and Independent Voices in Video (FCC 16-41)
  • The Second Report and Order on Closed Captioning (FCC 16-17)
  • The Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Expanding Consumers’ Video Navigation Choices (FCC 16-42)

Please share them with decision makers, board members and staff to help inform them about these significant issues. We’ll update them as events warrant and provide other policy resources for you on our website in coming months.

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ACM and the Alliance for Communications Democracy filed an Amicus Brief in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals this last week supporting the arguments of local governments in the case of Montgomery County, MD et al. vs FCC. At issue is the FCC’s franchising orders from 2007 and 2008 (the so-called 621 orders) – which deeply limited in-kind support for PEG Access in franchises across the country.

We agree with the plaintiffs in the case that the FCC’s reasoning was flawed and not consistent with the Cable Act. Just as importantly, the agency’s actions undercut the intent of the Cable Act by diminishing the ability of PEG operations to serve their communities. You can find the brief here (link). Arguments in the case will be heard later this year.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing ACM members at regional events in the next two months. I’ll be visiting the ACM West Regional Conference in Honolulu next week, and will be speaking at the ACM Central States and Midwest events in April in South Bend, Indiana and Madison, Wisconsin in late April. I hope you’ll join me!