President's Messages

Weekly updates from President & CEO Mike Wassenaar.

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 C's

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.

ACM Western States Region Conference Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us at ACM West's conference this past week in Long Beach, CA! Turnout was great and rest assured the weather was awful - tons of rain - so we spent a lot of time talking about innovations in PEG community!

Two To Dos

The Federal Government is now slowly revving up after the partial shutdown has ended. We'd like ACM members to focus on two items now that the FCC is back to work:

ACM Files an Amicus Brief with the US Supreme Court

The Alliance for Community Media filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court last week affirming the constitutionality of thousands of PEG Access cable channels that serve communities across the United States. The filing rejects arguments brought

Sign Up for the Community Media Emerging Leaders Institute at the Conference

The Community Media Emerging Leaders Institute at the National Conference in Portland.

Government Shutdown & the FCC


3,400+ Comments Submitted to the FCC

Over 3,400 comments against the FCC. That’s what we saw from local businesses, faith groups, educators, school districts, public safety officials, state governments, local governments, elected officials at every level, and PEG channels across the

Reply 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.

Reply Comments for FCC’s Rulemaking on Cable Franchising Due on December 14th

The deadline for Reply Comments in the FCC’s rulemaking on cable franchising is fast approaching. It’s a week from Friday on December 14th.

President's Messages