Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/15/07

Net Neutrality Trends
by Matt Stoller

As video moves to the internet, having strong protections for the architecture of the network is going to become increasingly critical for our ability to organize and act as citizens in an internet-enabled democracy.  There’s a bunch of news on the net neutrality front.  Coverage of the issue continues to be rather pathetic, as Celia Wexler from Common Cause notes.  >>>

Speaker Pelosi’s Copyright/Trademark Problem
by Kevin Aylward

The problem is that at Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi’s new blog, The Gavel, features a lot of video, nearly all of which is C-SPAN content. >>>  This section from Wikipedia explains how public domain footage comes under C-SPAN’s copyright. >>>  So far Pelosi is up to 255 videos hosted on YouTube – nearly all of them C-SPAN content. >>>

I’m of the opinion that the content that C-SPAN has aggressively worked to protect over the years really should be available to the public, and this may ultimately help the next blogger who gets a take-down notice from C-SPAN’s lawyers. The real question in this case is would C-SPAN be so generous if if wasn’t the Speaker’s office posting the videos? >>>

Two places at once

The Birmingham Public Library has posted its first show on YouTube. You can view the video here, from their blog. It’s the epsiode promoting Alabama Bound and discussing a book on Miles College and drama titled Mayor Todd.  The YouTube video has a couple of weird edits and lasts around six minutes. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the same show that airs on public access here in the ‘ham. Which is pretty cool if you miss it on TV.

Mayor’s address to be shown on television Friday
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — Mayor David Felinton’s State of the City address will be shown at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Friday on public access channel 24 on the Adelphia Cable system. >>>

Cox enlists subscribers to push legislation
By Daniel Scarpinato
arizona daily star

PHOENIX — Cox Communications is enlisting its customers to lobby the Legislature to approve a bill blocking Tucson from skirting a new state cable-television law.
In a mass mailing to Cox e-mail customers, the company calls on them to “urge your Tucson legislators and governor to stand up for Tucson cable customers.”
By Monday, the move had already crammed the in-boxes of local lawmakers with hundreds of identical e-mails.

“Flooded. Flooded. Flooded,” said Rep. Phil Lopes, House minority leader and a Tucson Democrat.  The e-mails came as public- and education-access advocates and city officials met with lawmakers at the Capitol to discuss the pending legislation. >>>

Lawmakers debate cable bill
Proposal may lower costs to consumers
By Travis Fain
Macon Telegraph

ATLANTA –  >>> There is no Georgia law governing this, but several states have enacted legislation similar to what Lewis has proposed. Instead of negotiating with a city for a franchise agreement, a cable company would apply for a license from the state.  >>>  Cities in the area affected would still set their franchise fee at up to 5 percent, but other aspects of the agreement would essentially come from a standard deal set up by the new statute. >>>  Companies would be required to offer a certain number of public access channels, with the number being based on an area’s population. Local governments would also be authorized to audit the companies’ books once a year and take them to court when an under-payment is suspected. >>>

Bill will provide competition, choices for television services, lawmakers say
By John Rodgers
Nashville City Paper

>>> The cable industry is joined in their opposition from many local governments, including organizations representing them like the Tennessee Municipal League (TML).  To support their opposition, TML officials pointed to a provision in the bill that would prohibit governmental entities from requiring that AT&T or other statewide franchise holders provide television service to all areas in a municipality. >>>

Bill would streamline licensing for cable TV
By Matt Murphy
North Adams Transcript

BOSTON — The goal is a simple one most everyone agrees with: Increased competition among cable television providers will lead to lower prices for consumers.  But achieving that goal is proving to be a far more complicated challenge on Beacon Hill, where powerful corporate lobbyists and public interest groups are spinning a proposed law change in every direction but straight. >>>

Rural broadband v. state-wide franchising lobbyists
By R. Neal
Facing South

>>> Local access means giving communities the ability to create their own media and the power to decide how to best serve their own technology and communications needs. Those needs include everything from public access television channels >>>

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

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