Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/28/07

Local Governments Offer the “Truth” on Telecom Reform
Facing fierce lobbying efforts, national local government associations launched a new Web site to present the “real truth” on the potential effects of telecommunications reform on communities and consumers.
Government Technology

The new Web site provides information to lawmakers, policymakers and the public about legislative and regulatory efforts affecting local taxing authority, cable franchising, public safety communications, and other issues. The site includes fact sheets, information on Congressional actions and rulings by the Federal Communications Commission, tools to help visitors voice their support for fair telecom reform and other materials.   >>>

NY Event: Thursday Mar. 22, 2007
“What exactly is Fair Use and when is it fair to use it?”
Fair Use for Documentary Filmmakers – NYWIFT panel

The Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use was published in 2005 by a consortium of independent media organizations, including Women in Film and Video/DC, the International Documentary Association, the IFP and the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture. The Statement makes recommendations for the fair use of copyrighted material when making documentary films. This panel will review these recommendations and their practical applicability, and will explore the issues and risks facing documentary filmmakers in the area of fair use.  >>>

Committee needs more feedback on Comcast service
by Nicole Gray
Montclair Times (NJ)

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Comcast Cable Television service in Montclair – and the Montclair Communications Advisory Committee wants to hear it.  Approximately 11,000 households in Montclair subscribe to Comcast cable service. The current franchise agreement between Comcast and Montclair Township, which is up for review and renewal, is slated to end on March 16, 2008.  According to Rey Redington, co-chair of the Montclair Communications Advisory Committee, “Montclair has chosen to participate in the ascertainment phase of the renewal process, a fact-finding phase, to determine how the community feels about Comcast as a provider.”   >>>

AT&T launches Internet television in Milwaukee
The Business Journal of Milwaukee

AT&T Wisconsin has begun installing and providing its new Internet television product, U-Verse, in the Milwaukee market, despite a federal lawsuit filed by the city challenging the service’s implementation here.   >>>

Lance Dutson: Net neutrality essential to Maine economic future
Bangor Daily News

Democratic state Sen. Ethan Strimling is preparing to introduce legislation to support Net neutrality— a concept that seeks to protect the free market of the Internet from prohibitive-tiered pricing schemes by the corporations that control it. Strimling’s legislation comes at a pivotal time, as the national political equilibrium has been jarred in the last several elections by the emergence of online media. The use of blogs, social networking, and other technologically progressive means of message distribution has allowed a larger number of voices to be heard by elected officials, and it has allowed tech-savvy candidates to distribute their message to a much broader audience for far less money than ever before. The Maine political scene is just now awakening to the need to compete in this realm, and the slow start by both sides has resulted in two parties increasingly focused on making up for lost time. This is a very positive development for the citizens of Maine, and it underscores the necessity of a free and open Internet to the continuing evolution of political and social dialogue.   >>>

Peskin speaks
by Sasha
Left in SF

>>>   I asked Peskin about his position on the Wi-Fi network, and he sees it pretty clearly as an attempt to create a franchise like with cable, and “I will never vote for another franchise.” He sees fiber as the way forward, first as the backbone for a hybrid-style network, then eventually to everyone’s door. He feels that signing the Earthlink deal will impede moving forward with such a network. I didn’t get a chance to ask about the digital inclusion aspects of the issue, but when someone else asked him about why the mayor was pushing this so hard, Peskin’s answer was that “administrations, especially when you’re a man, are judged by what you build. So everyone says, ‘Joe Alioto, he built the Transamerica Pyramid!’ and ‘Willie Brown build Mission Bay,’ and Gavin wants to build something too.” He went on to say he thought Newsom should be proud to point to the “civil disobedience” of the 2004 gay marriages as an accomplishment, and that as long as Newsom’s going to take credit for the health plan he could take credit for that, too. Perhaps most revealingly, he claimed that “the Mayor knows this [the Earthlink deal] is a lost cause.”   >>>

Council not clicking on access TV
York Dispatch (PA)

Musso has called for a citizens’ board to oversee the TV operation; councilman Wm. Lee Smallwood says he’d be happy to see the city administration give up its monopoly on the station and the creation of a non-profit group to run it has been suggested. >>> Given that a hefty majority of the council is on record for not being pleased with how things are now being run, what, it must be asked, is the holdup? Control, perhaps?  >>>   A city council committee is scheduled to discuss creation of an oversight panel for the TV station on March 27. The sooner camera control is taken out of the hands of the council, the better for the taxpayers of York.

Net Neutrality Vital to Creative Artists AND American Public, CV Tells FTC
February 28, 2007

In conjunction with technological advances in video production, the broadband Internet promises to dramatically reduce the cost of production and distribution of video content. Creative media artists view these changes as a tremendously exciting opportunity to directly reach their audience – the American people – with the best content they can possibly create.  Yet that exciting opportunity may not come to pass if the cable and telephone companies that overwhelmingly dominate the market for broadband distribution can pick and choose who will get distribution over their “pipes” based on discriminatory fees for so-called “priority” service.   >>>

CBS: Is YouTube Fan Enough?  TV network takes March Madness right to Google’s turf with user video campaign.
by Cassimir Medford
Red Herring

If YouTube had any designs on March Madness, CBS, which owns the broadcast rights to the college basketball tournament, is hand-checking online video rivals with its own user-generated video campaign.  Through CSTV, its college sports cable and online outlet, CBS on Wednesday began encouraging college basketball fans to upload homemade videos supporting their teams.  Using the slogan “Are you fan enough?” the site is hoping to feed off of the excitement generated by the tournament to attract advertisers that find the audience—college-educated men—attractive.  >>>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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