President's Messages

Weekly updates from President & CEO Mike Wassenaar.

Copy of Washington, DC & FCC Chair Updates

7/26/2021  
Speculation in Washington, DC is a normal activity – but as the humidity and temperature goes up, so do the activity of the rumor mill.

Washington, DC & FCC Chair Updates

7/26/2021  
Speculation in Washington, DC is a normal activity – but as the humidity and temperature goes up, so do the activity of the rumor mill.

Copy of Letter to the President & FCC Updates

7/19/2021  
ACM and over 300 community media organizations are calling this week on President Biden to nominate a fifth Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission. We believe it’s important for the FCC to be fully functioning so that harmful comm

Copy of Copy of Letter to the President & FCC Updates

7/19/2021  
ACM and over 300 community media organizations are calling this week on President Biden to nominate a fifth Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission. We believe it’s important for the FCC to be fully functioning so that harmful comm

FCC & Public Policy Call Updates

7/12/2021  
The Biden Administration issued a sweeping Executive Order late last week calling on federal agencies to stop anti-competitive practices in a host of industries – including telecommunications. The order called on the FCC to restore Net Neutrality pro

ACM Conference Recap, Save the Date & 2021 Emerging Leaders Institute

7/6/2021  
It was a whirlwind three days of last week’s virtual conference – and it was great to connect with so many people around the country at the event! One of the curious things about holding an online conference is you can track numbers for how people a

Conference Week is Here

6/28/2021  
ACM’s National Conference is here this week – it’s actually everywhere virtually – and will be taking place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12noon-5pm ET with participants across four time zones.

State Virtual Meetups Continue - Find Your Next Meetup Today!

5/24/2021  
ACM is continuing our State Meetup schedule in the coming weeks. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to connect people in the community field and PEG field, and it is your opportunity to build professional connections with other people in your state

Copy of Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening & Interim Final Rule

5/17/2021  
We had about 100 people attend last week’s Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening. We’ll be sharing materials generated by the discussion in the coming days. My thanks to everyone who attended and took notes and to ACM’s Megan Dobberstein

Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening & Interim Final Rule

5/17/2021  
We had about 100 people attend last week’s Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening. We’ll be sharing materials generated by the discussion in the coming days. My thanks to everyone who attended and took notes and to ACM’s Megan Dobberstein

Facilities Re-Opening Roundtable, FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit & May's Public Policy

5/3/2021  
The total number of vaccinations to fight Covid-19 across the country have been increasing steadily the last four months, and now many communities are determining how to re-open facilities closed by the pandemic. That’s the discussion happening at

Copy of City of Eugene, OR v FCC & Annenberg School Professor Victor Pickard

4/19/2021  
Attorneys for ACM and municipal interests made oral arguments last Thursday in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in City of Eugene, OR v FCC – our appeal of the FCC’s Franchise Order from 2019.

City of Eugene, OR v FCC & Annenberg School Professor Victor Pickard

4/19/2021  
Attorneys for ACM and municipal interests made oral arguments last Thursday in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in City of Eugene, OR v FCC – our appeal of the FCC’s Franchise Order from 2019.

When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech, PEG Meetups & Electronic Frontier Foundation

4/5/2021  
I’m really looking forward to the timely discussion we’ll have on Friday 4/9 at 3pm ET on When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech. The event has been put together by the ACM Inclusion, Equity and Engagement Caucus and will explore how community media navi

Copy of When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech, PEG Meetups & Electronic Frontier Foundation

4/5/2021  
I’m really looking forward to the timely discussion we’ll have on Friday 4/9 at 3pm ET on When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech. The event has been put together by the ACM Inclusion, Equity and Engagement Caucus and will explore how community media navi

FCC Update, PEW Research Center, Tech Trends Report, 2021 ACM Awards

3/22/2021  
The 6th Circuit Court has rejected the FCC’s request to delay oral arguments in the City of Eugene OR vs FCC case. The case will be argued on April 15 as scheduled. The Commission had requested a six-month delay to reexamine the Order because of the

Copy of FCC Update & American Rescue Plan

3/15/2021  
The FCC has requested an abeyance of oral arguments in the 6th Circuit Court in City of Eugene OR v FCC – the case ACM and municipalities across the US have brought arguing against the so-called “In-Kind” Order on cable franchising from 2019.

Hometown Media Awards, Community Media of South Central PA& IEE's Upcoming Webinar

3/1/2021  
Hometown Media Award winner Community Media of South Central, PA is putting together an interesting approach to connecting their community around Gettysburg, PA. They are beginning a plan to provide the infrastructure to communicate in mostly rural A

Copy of Hometown Media Awards, Community Media of South Central PA& IEE's Upcoming Webinar

3/1/2021  
Hometown Media Award winner Community Media of South Central, PA is putting together an interesting approach to connecting their community around Gettysburg, PA. They are beginning a plan to provide the infrastructure to communicate in mostly rural A

Vermont, PEG, City of Eugene vs. FCC

2/22/2021  
Some interesting news from Vermont came out a week ago as the State government issued a report looking at the long-term financial health of PEG operations there. Vermont has a system of cable franchising that set up “access management organizations”

The Emergency Broadband Benefit, New Meetups Added, 2020 Election Cycle & Frederick Douglass

2/15/2021  
The FCC is looking for partners to help promote the Emergency Broadband Benefit for low-income residents that they will administer this year.

Super Bowl Ads & ONE Month Count Down for the Hometown Media Awards!

2/8/2021  
The day after the Super Bowl is typically devoted to chatting with friends about a disappointing game (I’m a Vikings fan, OK), what happened at your Super Bowl party (now limited in the 2021 Covid-19 conditions) and what was the best ad you saw (I’m

Copy of Virtual Meetups & Thursday's Public Policy Call

2/1/2021  
It’s been fascinating listening to community television professionals around the country talk about their work the past few weeks as a result of our PEG Meet Up series. In brief, we’ve been gathering people – both ACM members and non-members - in di

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel & Upcoming Meetups

1/25/2021  
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has been named Acting Chairwoman by the new Biden Administration. Rosenworcel has been at the Commission since 2012, and before that served in the US Senate as an advisor for Senators Jay Rockefeller and Daniel In

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day & ACM's Virtual Meetups

1/18/2021  
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. Y