Community Media: Selected Clippings – 03/08/07

Students testify before legislature against cable bill
Bill could jeopardize award-winning Channel 18
by Natalie Shelton
Liberty Tribune (MO)

With the future of Liberty school district’s KLPS Channel 18 made uncertain by a proposed Missouri bill, high school students traveled to Jefferson City last week to testify before a House committee against the measure. Fourteen students helped crowd a hearing room already packed with opposition of Senate Bill 284, known as the Video Franchise Bill. Liberty school officials are concerned the bill will alter or eliminate free cable access in schools and also jeopardize the future of Channel 18 and other public education and government channels across the state. —>

KDHX: Learning videography at your community access channel
Missouri Humanities Council

For those of you in the St Louis area, please take note of this amazing resource (doubtless mirrored around the country). Our local community access/public television station is opening up another session of their wildly successful Basic Community Video class. —>

Cable-Access Channels Worried About Mo. Bill
The Kansas City Channel (MO)

LIBERTY, Mo. — Critics are warning that a bill designed to give customers more cable choices could also end up limiting options, KMBC’s Jim Flink reported Tuesday. One example is KLPS-TV, a cable-access channel that operates inside Liberty High School. Until now, cable-access channels such as KLPS have operated in partnership with Time Warner Cable, in effect, for free. Senate Bill 284, which has already passed and is now in the House, would create more cable competition. New cable providers could decide not to carry cable-access channels, which would limit their reach. “It could end up charging the school district cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to keep it up — that’s each year — and the school system just can’t afford that,” said J.D. Irwin, a senior at Liberty High School who is involved with KLPS. “It might not take away Channel 18, but it might cripple us to the point where we’re doing nothing more than broadcasting between the classroom TV sets.” —>

Advocates for the disabled want town meetings on TV
by Lauren O. Kidd
Asbury Park Press

TOMS RIVER — To watch township public meetings, citizens now have to attend those meetings at town hall. But the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Americans with Disability Act Compliance wants to change that. The committee, which was made official last month, has collected over 500 signatures on a petition calling for live televised township meetings. The petition also calls for citizens to be able to participate in the public-comment portions of the meetings via telephone. —>

Council considers cable TV issues
by Ned B. Hunter
Jackson Sun (TN)

Jackson City Council members voted Wednesday to oppose two telecommunication bills being proposed in the state’s General Assembly. Known as the “Competitive Cable and Video Services Act,” the bills would allow cable companies to bypass local governments, such as the city of Jackson, when establishing contracts to provide local cable services, said Jackson Mayor Charles Farmer. —>

AT&T, Naperville, Ill., Reach IPTV Impasse
Xchange Online

In a situation that likely illustrates the video franchising process at the municipal level, numerous months of talks to bring IPTV services from AT&T Inc. to residents in Naperville, Ill., have ceased, with neither side close to satisfied. What’s really at stake for the individual cities and towns, as is being claimed by the city, is that the carrier seeks to cherry-pick where it deploys its U-verse bundle, focusing first and foremost on upscale communities likely to spend the most on its services. “AT&T wants to hand pick their customers, rather than providing service to the entire community,” said Terry Miller, Naperville’s senior assistant city attorney. “If they want to be treated like a public utility, they have to serve everybody. What it comes down to is that AT&T wants to compete on its own terms by asking our state legislators to grant them favoritism over existing cable companies.” —>

The FCC, Cable Franchising and Commissioner Adelstein
CommunicationsDirect (Price Waterhouse)

It was no surprise that the FCC in December adopted rules beneficial to telephone companies that pre-empt much of the jurisdiction of Local cable TV Franchising Authorities (LFAs). And it was no surprise that the FCC did nothing to help existing cable MSOs except promise to look at whether the same pre-emption might apply when existing franchises expire. Now that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has a third Republican Commissioner at the agency to support him, he can drive his steamroller anywhere he wants.

What was a surprise was the vehemence of the dissenting statement of Democratic Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. In his eight-page statement [Word | Acrobat ], Commissioner Adelstein makes clear why he believes the FCC’s decision is arbitrary, capricious, goes far beyond the authority that Congress gave to the FCC, and is certain to be overturned in court. —>

District 2 debate tonight
by Katherine Crowell
Delmarva Daily Times (MD)

—> Jenny Roser from the League of Women Voters was chosen to moderate the forum because of her reputation facilitating other debates, said chamber spokeswoman Lesley Staffeldt. Cohen said she is looking forward to the debate. “Citizens have told me they enjoy gaining information about the candidates and the issues from these forums,” Cohen said. “I’m very pleased questions will be coming from those attending and that PAC14 will tape the forum for repeated broadcast. Open communication is so important to our democratic process.” —>

Trans TV Host Dies
by Cynthia Laird
Bay Area Reporter

Nadia Cabezas, known to many in the community as Kitty Kastro, hostess of the Tranny Talk public access show, died Monday, March 5 after she was struck by a car on a highway in Porter County, Indiana. She was 40. Her partner, Dina Boyer, said that Ms. Cabezas was traveling in a two-car caravan with her mother en route to San Francisco and communicating via walkie-talkies. —>

BCTV Program director’s Report
by Ned Lightner
Belfast Community TV blog (ME)

Equipment and Facilities: We finally have a working server. A server is basically a means of playing programming off a computer rather than on videotapes and DVDs. The server allows us to assemble several videos in a sequence such as shows, PSA’s, and station ID’s and play them at selected times. One advantage of a server is that we can play much more programming than we can with our 5 DVD players. We used the server last night for the first time “on air” and it worked perfectly.
We are integrating our program schedule into our “Blog” to make it possible for people to know when programming is scheduled to air. Karen Saum was successful in securing a $1,500 grant from the Maine Community foundation. We will be buying an inexpensive digital video camera for members of the community to use once they have taken a course in video production, which is also to be paid for through the grant. Karen is also looking into the possibility of finding a part time senior citizen employee to assist in the operation of the station. This grant is available to qualified non-profit organizations and wouldbe a great help with the day to day operation of the station. —>

C-SPAN takes a major step
Nevada Thunder
03/08/07 9:34 am

side note: C-SPAN did a very brave thing in making sure the American Public has access to some of most important things happening in DC. We now just have to steer Americans to CSPAN to watch it! Easier said then done!

Cable Network Introduces New Copyright Policy and Expanded Capitol Hearings Website —>

Verizon Gets Video Nod in California
by Glen Dickson
Broadcasting & Cable

Verizon has quickly capitalized on a recent change in California’s video franchising laws, as the telco has received the first state-issued video franchise from California’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Verizon, which was the first new entrant to file for a state-wide video franchise after the PUC launched its new application process on March 1, is now free to provide its FiOS TV fiber-based video service to some 45 communities in Southern California, including portions of Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Santa Monica. In doing so, it will be entering neighborhoods that were previously served by erstwhile cable operator Adelphia and are now owned and operated by Time Warner Cable. Verizon already offers FiOS TV in 18 California communities where it has secured locally-approved franchises for the service. —>

Popular access TV host tries his hand at radio, football, contest judging
by Jim Phillips
Athens News (OH)

The 51-year-old Glouster man, whose show on Channel 23, “Community Corner with Big Jim,” has become a cult favorite with OU students, reported Monday that he has more big plans in the works. —> The premise is simple: Balcom wanders around College Green with a mic and a cameraman, waylaying students and challenging them to answer trivia questions. Those who answer correctly (and even some who don’t) get keen prizes. —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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