Selected Press Clippings for the PEG Access Community: 01/31/07

Future of Public Access TV In Question
by Andy in Media and Democracy
01/31/07

Some perspective on how damaging this recent move by the FCC could very well prove to be. What is happening in Ft. Collins is endemic to the nature of the situation as it affects access centers all over the country.
From the Fort Collins Weekly…

Under-funded and under-equipped, the city’s fledgling public access channel could get switched off, thanks to the FCC. Barely off the ground, the longevity of Fort Collins Public Access Network’s Channel 22 is in question thanks to none other than the Federal Communications Commission.

The biggest threat to Fort Collins’ nascent public access television channel isn’t it’s lack of a studio or any real equipment. It’s not that only two of its three DVD players works, or that the DVD players are temporarily run from borrowed space at the city’s television facility in the basement of city hall.

It’s not even so much that, like public access authorities around the country, Fort Collins Public Access Network (FCPAN) faces a steep uphill battle to raise the sorts of finances that will allow it to fulfill the dream of becoming a comprehensive, publicly run television station with an intense focus on local issues that can’t be found anywhere else on the dial.

What threatens Channel 22 the most is a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission changing how municipalities like Fort Collins enter into franchise agreements with companies like Comcast, which is the sole provider of cable television in the city. —>
http://www.ustvmedia.org/media-and-democracy/2007/01/31/future-of-public-access-tv-in-question/

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Media Mouse: Grand Rapids Independent Media
Book Review: Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy
01/27/07

Digital Destiny is one of the best books to date that seriously looks at the details and the consequences on the 1996 Telecommunications Act. For years people have been alluding to the 1996 Telecom Act and how it set the stage for the current media ownership battles, but Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) provides information as to how that telecom policy was crafted and who the players were. —>
http://www.mediamouse.org/reviews/013007digit.php

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Headlines from the 1-26-07 radioshow: The FCC to Face up the Senate Commerce Committee
Mediageek.net

—> The biggest opponent to the FCC’s new cable rule is probably the Alliance for Community Media, which represents hundreds of public access TV stations across the country. Along with the Alliance for Communications Democracy and local government groups, the Alliance has retained legal counsel to challenge the FCC’s decision depriving local municipalities of control over their cable franchises with the big telecoms. —>
http://www.mediageek.net/?p=1502

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Fayetteville could get new TV options
AT&T considering moving into television market, city weighs agreement
By Dug Begley
The Morning News
01/30/07

FAYETTEVILLE — Channel surfing might take on a whole new meaning in Fayetteville, if the city approves an agreement for a second television programming provider. Officials with AT&T outlined tentative plans at a forum Tuesday night amid concerns from the city’s telecommunications board and supporters of public access television. —>
http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/01/31/news/013107fzatt.txt

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compiled by
Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media
202-393-2650

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