Community Media: Selected Clippings – 03/01/07

House Dems Eye Telecom Review
by David Hatch
National Journal

House Democrats are planning a thorough re-examination of telecommunications and media policies that will feature multiple oversight hearings and fresh legislation, industry and congressional sources said.   >>>

Public Image Limited
Check out Optic Audio, or, you know, don’t
by Tracy Moore
Nashville Scene

>>>   But neither Hargrow nor the station has any idea how many people are watching. The station isn’t permitted to sell ads, so it doesn’t have to sweat ratings—not that they could afford to buy them, with only $60,000 allotted for the yearly budget.  Station executive director Jim Gilchrist says Channel 19 wouldn’t have any use for the information anyway: they know they reach 200,000 homes in Nashville, and they know they have viewers because they get plenty of feedback. (Surprisingly, Opry stars who appear on Channel 19 routinely tell the station’s producer they get more response from those appearances than actual Opry shows.) The station’s goal is to give a voice to the average citizen, and as such, community access is the television equivalent of a blog: anybody who can navigate some basic equipment can do it.   >>>

Council urged to oppose cable proposal
by Brian Mosely
Shelbyville Times-Gazette (TN)

Shelbyville’s city council will consider a pair of resolutions dealing with an upcoming state bill concerning cable television franchising rights and possible competition in the area.   >>>

Finally, LM residents get choice of cable providers
by Cheryl Allison
Main Line Times (PA)

>>>   Among key features, Ryan said, the agreement provides for full build out of Verizon’s Fiber to the Premise telecommunications network to the entire township. Ryan said Lower Merion wanted to secure that commitment, because of concerns about legislation being proposed for statewide or national franchise agreements.  Other provisions call for Verizon to pay the township 5 percent of its gross revenues for cable service in Lower Merion; to provide free basic cable to municipal buildings, the police and fire departments, libraries, and schools; to maintain sufficient levels of various liability insurances; and to comply with customer service standards.

An important area dealt with how Verizon would provide for the three public access channels provided under Comcast’s franchise. Channels will be provided for the township’s government channel, which carries board of commissioners and other township meetings and informational programs, and an educational channel, carrying Lower Merion School board and other district programs.  Verizon will also be required to carry the newly active public access channel operated by Lower Merion and Narberth Public Access Television, which has begun operating on Comcast’s Channel 99. Since programming will be handled through a studio provided by Comcast, Verizon must obtain an agreement to receive the signal for that channel, Ryan said.   >>>

Cable center creator packs his bags
By Jillian Fennimore
Watertown Tab (MA)

About a year and a half ago, Peter Zawadzki developed a vision for what is now one of the finest access centers in the country.  Beginning on March 6, he plans to do it again, but in a new community.   >>>

AT&T’s TV rollout slowed by glitches
Rules making it easier for phone firms to compete with cable are near, but the service isn’t ready to go statewide.
by James S. Granelli
Los Angeles Times

California regulators are expected to adopt rules today to make it easier for phone companies to compete for cable TV customers. But don’t expect new competition next month — or even count on it next year.   >>>,1,7614852.story?coll=la-headlines-business&ctrack=1&cset=true

City-Cox impasse might end on Friday
Public-access TV compromise may be in the works
by Rob O’Dell
Arizona Daily Star

Cox Communications and the Tucson City Council may have thawed the ice separating them. The council will hold a special meeting on Friday to consider a new franchise agreement with the cable television company.   >>>

Indy Media Organizations and Their Web 2.0 Tools
by Steve Anderson

>>>   The power of the last three projects (Alernet Personals, FSTV, Zspace) is not just in the social networking capabilities (which are themselves powerful), but also that they have the potential to become more then online communities, but personal space where people can send and receive online content. Indy-media will become indy-rss feeds catering to a readers pre-selected preferences. This creates a viable alternative to Google, Yahoo and others who are rushing to create the best all in one online package. Unlike Google, FSTV and the other indy-media organizations won’t slam ads in your face based on information they have captured from your Web surfing habits.

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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