Selected Press Clippings for the PEG Access Television Community: 02/03/07

Cable reform bill would give service oversight to state
by Don Nelson
Online Athens

Legislation designed to establish a statewide cable and video franchise system would allow telecommunications companies like BellSouth a quicker and less restrictive way to provide television services in the state’s cities and counties, the bill’s proponents say. The bill’s main sponsor says House Bill 277 will bring more competition to the cable service market, lowering prices and improving customer service. Critics of the bill, however, think that customer service will decline, that public access programming will be harmed and that new video service providers will be given an unfair advantage over cable companies with existing franchise agreements. —>


Military Families speak Out in Oregon – A Great Show on Cable Access
by Bill McDonald
The Portland Freelancer

Cable Access gets a lot of snickers from the mainstream media, as well it should. There are tons of amateurish hours with terrible production values, and I speak as someone who has provided way too many of them. My humble show, “Born to Slack” is closing in on its 150 episode, and each aired 3 times in the Portland area. I am occasionally proud of our content and delivery, but I don’t stay up nights working on my speech for the Emmys. When it comes to denigrating Cable Access for its amateurish aspects, I am part of the problem.

However, when Cable Access does something right, it is a magnificent thing to behold, and that’s how I felt watching “Military Families Speak Out” showing Sunday night at 11 on Channel 23, and once more Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on Channel 22. —>

Cox Cable Seeks Law Tying City to Old Pact
by Rob O’Dell & Daniel Scarpinato
Arizona Daily Star

Frustrated by its cable franchise negotiations with the city, Cox Communications is turning to a higher power to seek satisfaction — the Legislature. The company is pushing a new law to effectively prevent Tucson from negotiating a new cable agreement with Cox that forces the company to do more than what state law requires.

When the city’s cable franchise expires Aug. 31, the state law would automatically go into effect — cutting the city’s number of public access channels by more than half. It would also reduce the company’s franchise fees, which are paid by Cox customers, from nearly 8.5 percent to 5 percent. —>


Community Post: Community Access TV
by Sara de la Guerra

—> Of course, one could imagine that the editorial writer just has a grudge against our local community-access TV, and its Executive Director, Hap Freund, because several local videographers have produced nine or ten independent video documentaries about the travails of the News-Press, and the rise of the Teamsters Union, since the meltdown at the newspaper that started last July 6th. —>

Analysis: iPhone & the Emergence of Convergence
by Glenn Fleishman

There’s a juggernaut of momentum toward convergence—the combination of different kinds of services into one lump, one bill, and one company offering it. The iPhone, announced by Steve Jobs in January and shipping this June, fits neatly into the new AT&T’s strategy in that regard. Convergence as a broad term describes how voice and video are becoming just one more kind of data service, not unique services that need separate wires and equipment that’s handled differently than straight broadband. With a single cable to your home—whether phone wire, coaxial cable, or a fiber-optic strand—you can already get what formerly required three unique connections, if not more.

Let’s walk through what AT&T is attempting, what other U.S. and international firms have already deployed, and where the iPhone fits in. —>


Dennis Perrin
Red State Son Blog

Those “Concrete TV” clips from Wednesday put me in a public access mood, so I searched to see what other old Manhattan Cable favorites I could find. I’m sorry to say that there’s not much floating around. So, before that era of fine entertainment disappears altogether, allow me to cobble together a fragmented but heartfelt montage of shows and personalities that got me through the mid- to late-80s —>


Congress: Starting from Scratch on a National Media Policy
By Catholic News Service
Tidings On Line

The previous Congress never got to vote on a full-scale rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Some in the Republican-run House had hoped for a vote during the post-election lame-duck session, but the shift of power to the Democrats scuttled that possibility. Now, with Democrats in charge, what could a new telecommunications bill look like? —>

compiled by
Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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