President's Messages

Weekly updates from President & CEO Mike Wassenaar.

FCC passes Third Report and Order on Cable Franchising

The FCC passed its Third Report and Order on Cable Franchising on Thursday – and while the results of the 3-2 vote were not surprising, the statements coming from the majority members of the Commission were at times alarming, arrogant and disingenuou

More Senators Issue Letters of Opposition on Proposed Rules of Cable Franchising

Late last week Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) issued a letter opposing the FCC’s proposed rules on cable franchising because of the costs that will shift to local governments that rely on Institutional Networks.

FCC Deadline Approaches

This Thursday 7/25 is the deadline for ex parte comments and letters to the FCC about the proposed rules on cable franchising that we expect will be voted on August 1. That means we just have a few days for members of Congress to express their conce

#ACMPDX: New Paths Conference Recap

I’m just getting back from a very fulfilling and exciting week at the ACM National Conference in Portland, OR. One of the highlights for me was the conversation with Jesse Hardman of Listening Post Collective, Andrea Faye Hart of City Bureau and

#ACMPDX week is here!

We’re already beginning the action at the ACM National Conference with the Emerging Leaders Institute kicking off this morning.

ACM National Conference is One Week Away!

We're a week away from the ACM National Conference in Portland, OR. Here's a couple quick notes as we count down the days to #ACMPDX:

FCC Cable Franchise Rule-Making Updates

There is a strong possibility that the FCC will issue an order in the cable franchise rule-making at its August 1, 2019 meeting. We will know the agenda of the meeting sometime during the second week of July, and if the item will be heard at that me

Supreme Court Makes Ruling in MCAC vs Halleck: What does it mean for your station?

The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh ruled Monday morning that a private operator of a public access channel was not a state actor for the purposes of First Amendment restraint on speech, and remanded the case to Dist

Free Press President Calls Out FCC's Action in Cable Franchising

In case you missed it, Free Press President & CEO Craig Aaron gave a stirring defense of community media and called out the FCC's action in the FNPRM of cable franchising at last week's Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the state of the video mark

Anti-Discrimination Bill Protecting PEG Access Channels Passes Legislation

Some good news from Maine this past week: LD 1371, an anti-discrimination bill that protects PEG Access channels has passed out of the Legislature with overwhelming support and now awaits approval by the state's governor. The bill has been champione

Birds of a Feather Sessions

One of the great benefits of gathering with colleagues at the ACM National Conference is the informal learning that takes place. This year in Portland, we'll continue the process with our Birds of A Feather sessions.

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Winners

Congratulations are due to the winners of the ACM Foundation's scholarship to the Emerging Leadership Institute taking place at this year's ACM National Conference in Portland, OR. The Foundation will be supporting travel costs and education costs fo

2020 Census Projects

Is your station involved in an outreach project for the 2020 Census? Or are you partnering with local and state government to get information about the Census out to the communities you serve?


I hope you're beginning to plan your time at the ACM National Conference in Portland OR (#ACMPDX) - Early Bird Registration for the conference is open now. There are a few things you should know about this year's Conference.

FCC Update

Another week, another letter from Congress to the FCC about their not-so-kind "in-kind" rule making.

Video from Community Media Center to Congress

Kudos to Erich Archer of 1623 Studios in Cape Ann, MA for producing a great video asking Congress to stop the FCC's FNPRM on so-called "in-kind" services. Erich produced the video to share with communities across the country, so please use it on you

Senator Markey Supports Community Media

Last Monday saw an extraordinary gathering of PEG operations in Massachusetts at a listening session and press conference with US Senator Ed Markey. Senator Markey has been a stalwart supporter of community television and localism throughout his C

The Seven Cs

I had an interesting conversation with Bart Hawley of new member JTV in Jackson, MI. The station operates on three cable systems in an area south of Lansing, MI. Jackson County is mostly rural, but Jackson is a city of some 30,000 people. Like

7K Letters Sent Disapproving FCC's Proposed Rule Changes

To date, we have almost 7,000 letters to Congress asking members to express their concern or disapproval of the FCC's proposed rules changes for so-called "in-kind" support. As of last week, four more House members sent letters to the FCC .

ACM on the Hill Recap

A big thank you to all the ACM members who came together in Washington DC last week for our Day on the Hill. Volunteers made visits to Congressional offices in MA, MN, IL, CA, WA, PA, OH and NY - asking Senators and Representatives to support commun

Community Media Emerging Leaders Institute

WE'RE LOOKING FOR LEADERS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF COMMUNITY MEDIA The ACM Foundation is opening up the scholarship competition for the Community Media Emerging Leaders Institute which will be held July 8 and 9 just prior to the ACM National Confe

Two More Congress Members Issue Letters to FCC

This last week, two more members of Congress issued letters to the FCC expressing disapproval and concern about the Commission's proposed "in-kind" rules. Rep. Anna Eshoo of California and Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts wrote letters to Chairman

Keep Promoting ACM's Petition to Congress

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in MCAC v Halleck this morning. I stood in line for four hours this morning in 50 MPH wind gusts and chilly temperatures along with ACM members Tony Riddle from Brooklyn, Gretjen Clausing and Antoine Haywood

ACM Day on the Hill Event & Board Meeting in March

The ACM Board of Directors will be meeting in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 14th and we are coordinating a Day on the Hill for the Board and all ACM members on Wednesday, March 13th. We are setting up Hill visits to see members of the House an

News Article on FCC's Rule-Making on Franchise Fees

There is an excellent article in the Colorado Sun today on the potential impacts of the FCC's rule-making on franchise fees on local cable channels, and the effects on governmental transparency could be devastating in some communities.