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Weekly News From the President: Reply Comments to FCC & Beyond

eply Comments to FCC & Beyond

Friday, December 14 is the FCC’s deadline for reply comments in its rule-making on cable franchising. We’ve seen over 2,200 comments from across the US so far. Almost ALL of them oppose the FCC’s proposed rules on “in-kind” support.

It’s important for your community to be on the record in the rule-making. If you need templates for comments and instructions on how to make comments, I’m happy to send them to you (just email me at mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org).

It’s JUST as important now for us to engage members of Congress on the issue – especially because the House of Representatives new leadership has said it will provide a greater oversight role of the FCC.

That’s why the joint letter from Representatives Peter Welch (VT) and Chellie Pingree (ME) issued this last week is important, and why I’d like you and other ACM members to contact Congress and ask members of the House to write similar letters to the FCC.

Tell your members of Congress that the FCC shouldn’t be harming local communities and reducing local channels available to the public.
Congrats, You’re a Meme!

Saturday Night Live already gave us Wayne’s World, now in the space of a couple months they’ve blessed the world with two Public Access parodies: one set at the studios of ACM member Acadiana Open Channel and now this last weekend one set in the Dothraki Ghostworld.

Since it’s on HBO, I suppose we should have figured there was cable franchising in Game of Thrones.

Personally, I think I prefer Stephen Colbert’s community calendar schtick (first seen in Only in Monroe).

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO
The Alliance for Community Media