Posted: February 5, 2016
15 for 3: Contact Your Local Congressional Office
We are asking our members to contact their local congressional offices in coming month as part of our campaign to protect community media. That means I’d like you and your colleagues from your organization to take 15 minutes in the next month to make three phone calls.
It’s important to be heard, especially with all the changes, and craziness, in Washington right now. We are asking members, including their staff, volunteers and supporters to call the local offices of their Senators and Representatives.
That’s three phone calls to those local offices in your state.
We’ve prepared sample scripts to use and modify to talk about your station and your services, and why PEG community media is important in your community. We are now organizing all our members to make those three calls in the next month.
Will you join us? I will send you sample scripts and who to call if you email me at email@example.com.
Let’s take 15 for 3 this month!
We’ll begin our 2017 Webinar series on Wednesday, February 22 at 3:00pm EST with a discussion of Closed Captioning Requirements for PEG. You can sign up for the webinar this Wednesday, February 8. Stay on the lookout for further communications on registration.
Organizational Members – free
Individual Members – $5
Non-Members – $25
See the list here: http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/webinars
President & CEO
Posted: January 30, 2017
Public Policy Calls Coming Up This Week
We are expanding the opportunities for you and other ACM members to gather for ACM Public Policy briefings. We want to make sure that as many people as possible get updates and can discuss what’s happening with public policy on the national level.
Calls are taking place on the LAST TUESDAY and FIRST THURSDAY at 4pm ET. As an example, this week they are taking place Tuesday 1/31 and Thursday 2/2 at 4pm ET.
Each call will have the same agenda, so do not feel that you have to make every one! This is mostly to make the briefing discussions available to more people.
If you need the call coordinates, please let me know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for Filing with the FCC
I want to thank the organizations that have filed letters with the FCC about our petition to eliminate the requirement for PEG producers to register and certify their closed captioning status.
Let me know if you want sample language to send a letter on the matter to the Commission. The deadline for comments is February 8.
Community Media Day 2017
It’s not too early to start planning for this year’s Community Media Day, Friday October 20th. It will be the second year we are asking community media organizations around the country to plan activities to celebrate the work that happens every day in your communities.
If you want to become a partner in this year’s events, go to their website and sign up.
Join us on Wednesday, February 15 at 3pm ET as we talk about what you can do to celebrate Community Media Day! The conference number to call in will be 202-768-7275.
Topic Ideas for ACM Conference!
We are still looking for topic and speaker ideas for this year’s national Annual Conference in Minneapolis. You can even propose something you’d like to speak on! Send them to me by end of business day on Wednesday, February 1.
President & CEO
Posted: January 23, 2017
Ajit Pai as new FCC Chair?
Press reports this weekend claim that Commissioner Ajit Pai may soon be named Chair of the FCC. If he is named by the Trump Administration, he would not need Senate confirmation as he already is on the Commission, and he would immediately lead a 2-1 Republican majority.
What are Commissioner Pai’s priorities? You can get a sense by looking at his profile on the FCC’s website. He wants less regulation and market solutions for problems, and most observers think that dismantling Net Neutrality protections will be a top priority for him. He has also expressed support for small towns, rural communities and public safety – and the wireless industry for which he once worked.
What’s his relationship with Public, Educational and Government Access? It’s not clear, but he was generally impressed with the provided services during Arlington Independent Media a little over a year ago and has been a supporter of community radio.
Paul LeValley, Ajit Pai and Mike Wassenaar at the AIM Studios in Arlington, VA
We’ll keep you updated on changes at the FCC in the new Administration – and there may be many!
Good News from Vermont!
Congratulations to the Vermont Access Network and our members in Vermont who scored a major victory at the Public Service Board.
The Board renewed Comcast’s Certificate of Public Good for the next 11 years, but found that Comcast had an obligation to help bring PEG access services into the digital age and that “community needs and interests related to PEG access” should be served as the company introduces and expands new technologies in the state.
Significantly the Board required the company to provide Interactive Program Guide access to access organizations within one year at Comcast’s expense. The Board agreed with VAN that the program guide is desired by the public and is fundamental to the value and success of PEG in Vermont.
The Board also agreed that Comcast had not complied with provisions to assist with live local origination, and opened the question of requiring High Definition channels for PEG in a separate proceeding in two years.
Lauren Glenn Davitian has provided a summary of the ruling available online.
It’s not clear if Comcast will appeal the ruling in court, but the ACM will continue to work with the Vermont stations to help them better serve their communities.
Do you have ideas for ACM 2017 Conference?
If you have suggestions for speakers, workshops or presentations you’d like to see at the ACM Conference and Trade Show in Minneapolis MN in July, I would love to hear them!
Please give me suggestions by February 1. And don’t be shy: If you want to present an idea or demonstrate a successful part of your work, we want to share it with others!
Send your suggestions by email to me at email@example.com and I will share them with our conference committees.
See you in Minneapolis!
President & CEO
Posted: January 16, 2017
The FCC Seeks Comments on ACM’s Petition
The Federal Communications Commission is inviting comments on ACM’s Petition to waive captioning registration and certification requirements for PEG producers.
The initial comments are due February 9th and reply comments are due February 24th.
Link to FCC’s Notice
You may remember that we filed the Petition because the FCC’s Second Order on Closed Captioning will requires all video producers on cable systems – including PEG Access producers – to register consumer contact information and say yearly whether they are exempt from the FCC’s captioning rules. We want to make sure that Access producers don’t have to deal with that needless red tape.
If you want to file comments, we’ve prepared some sample language to use and modify. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to use it.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
I hope you take some time to consider the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this national day of recognition and how it fits into our lives and work every day beyond this one.
The voices and needs of everyone; the famous and the oppressed, the big and the small, the winners and the losers, are to be recognized if our society is truly devoted to equality for all.
That’s a principle we should strive to achieve in our work every day, and is just as important in 2017 as it was during Dr. King’s life.
So commemorate this day, and remember it every day.
President & CEO
Posted: January 9, 2017
The 115th Congress is underway. There are new appointments in the Senate and House on the committees that work on issues that affect community television. Here’s a quick look:
In the Senate Commerce Committee there are eight new members. In the Republican majority there is Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma), Mike Lee (Utah), Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) and Todd Young (Indiana). In the Democratic minority there is Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) and Catherine Cortez Mastro (Nevada).
In the House Energy and Commerce Committee there are four new Republican members: Buddy Carter (Georgia), Ryan Costello (Pennsylvania), Tim Walberg (Michigan) and Mimi Walters (California). Democrats have not yet named new appointments to the Committee. Importantly for this committee, it is now chaired by Greg Walden (Oregon) and the Telecommunications subcommittee chair is now Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee).
During this Congress term it’s important for ACM members to be informed and active by contacting their Representatives and Senators; making sure PEG community television is not endangered by upcoming telecommunications reform.
Because of the importance of your involvement, ACM is increasing our Public Policy briefings to ensure you can participate. You can attend our one-hour phone briefings the First Thursday and Last Tuesday of each month at 4pm ET (1pm PT). Please let me know if you want the call-in coordinates and I will send you invites.
Previous News Items:
- 2016 ACM Leadership Award Winners – June 20, 2016
- Today’s Number is Twenty Two – June 13, 2016
- Letter from the President – June 6, 2016
- Letter from the President – May 23, 2016
- Boston is “Our Town”- May 16, 2016
- Be Indispensable – May 2, 2016
- Feeding the Roots – April 18, 2016
- Letter from the President: LPFM and PEG Community Media Webinar – April 11, 2016
- Letter from the President – April 4, 2016
- Now is Your Chance: NOI Deadlines Approach – March 28, 2016
- FCC NOI and Aloha from ACM West – March 21, 2016
- Background Briefing Memos For You – March 7, 2016
- FCC Asks about Barriers to Reach Viewers – February 29, 2016
- Letter from the President – February 22, 2016
- Do U Heart Community Media? – February 15, 2016
- Join Us in Boston – February 8, 2016
- Mark Your Calendar – February 1, 2016
- It’s the Law: Some Good News for California Communities – January 25, 2016
- Commemorating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – January 18, 2016
- Q: What connects the Bronx and Maui? – January 11, 2016
- I’ve Got Thursday on My Mind – December 28, 2015
- I Want to Hear From You – December 14, 2015
- Welcome, WERA! – December 7, 2015
- Thankful – November 30, 2015
- What’s Your App – November 23, 2015
- FCC Disability Workshop – November 16,2015
- Closed Captioning and PEG – November 9, 2015
- Deadlines Approaching Soon – November 2, 2015
- Visit to MSP – October 12, 2015
- Keep Them Coming – October 7, 2015
- Thank You NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for Standing Up for PEG Access – September 28, 2015
- Join us for the “New Charter” Webinar – September 21, 2015
- “New Charter” Comment Cycle Opens – September 14, 2015
- Charter Shot Clock Starting Soon? – September 8, 2015
- FCC Approves DirecTV and AT&T Merger – July 27, 2015
- A Colbert Bump? – July 6, 2015
- Congratulations to the Grassroots Scholarship Winners-June 29, 2015
- Join us in Pasadena for the 2015 ACM National Conference-June 22, 2015
- Take the Challenge-May 26, 2015
- What’s Next for Access in Tucson?-May 18, 2015
- Thrilled?-May 11, 2015
- Celebrating the Legacy of Charles Benton- May 4, 2015
- A Victory, But What Kind?- April 27, 2015
- “The Beating Heart of Localism”- April 6, 2015
- Seattle to Savannah- March 30, 2015
- BRIC Arts Media “B Free Awards”, Upcoming Events and Knight News Challenge
- Central States Conference & In-District Meetings with Congress- March 16, 2015
- ACM Files Comments with FCC- March 9, 2014
- A big win at the FCC- March 3, 2015
- Meeting with Congress- February 23, 2015
- Paul Berg- February 9, 2015
- Time to Plan for Spring?- February 2, 2015
- Alliance Members Step Up- January 26, 2015
- Community Media in Vermont- January 12, 2015
- Welcome to 2015- January 5, 2015
- Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!- December 22, 2014
- FCC Considering Mega-Mergers- December 8, 2014
- Help the ACM Thrive in 2015 – December 1, 2014
- 2014 Elections and Candidate Coverage Survey- November 24, 2014
- An Update from NYC- November 17, 2014
- Change Ahead- November 10, 2014
- Trick or Treat?- November 3, 2014
- Community Media on the Beach at ACM West- October 27, 2014
- ACM Webinar Topic Input- October 20, 2014
- Live Free and Make Media – ACM NE Regional Conference Recap – October 13, 2014