Community Media: Selected Clippings – 03/23/07

Cable-television measure clears House
Orlando Sentinel (FL)

The House overwhelmingly passed a measure that would make it easier for telephone and other telecommunications companies to compete for cable-television business with existing providers.   —>,0,4500400.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-state

Showcase for the students – Tiger TV is on the air now on Marshall’s cable networks, highlighting students’ activities.
by Cindy Votruba
The Independent (MN)

MARSHALL — It’s a new way to show what the Marshall Public School system has to offer.  And it will star the students.  Last week, Tiger TV, a line of programming dedicated to the activities of the Marshall Public Schools, made its debut.  Tiger TV will be on Channel 19 for Charter customers and Channel 80 for PrairieWave customers, said Jess Nelson, director of Studio One public access TV.   —>

Henrico urged to air School Board sessions
But most members of the panel say TV coverage of meetings not a good idea
by Holly Prestidge
Richmond Times Dispatch (VA)

Dozens of people have contacted The Times-Dispatch to support televising Henrico County School Board meetings on Henrico Educational Access Television, Channel 99.  Board members addressed the issue last week after a resident spoke about it at a February board meeting. The Times-Dispatch published an article on the issue Friday.

All the board members questioned the need for televised meetings except Jim A. Fiorelli, who said he thought it was a good idea for residents to have access to meetings without having to attend.  Stuart P. Myers and Linda L. McBride said airing the meetings in an election year could be seen as a political move to campaign on television. Board Chairman Lloyd E. Jackson Jr. said the board wouldn’t accomplish anything more with a televised meeting. Hugh C. Palmer said he didn’t believe many people wouldwatch the broadcast.  Some parents disagree.   —>!news&s=1045855934842

Danbury’s political leaders should encourage voter involvement
News Times Live (CT)

—>   Boughton and Republican council leaders did everything they could to prevent the televising of council meetings on local public access television. Finally, when volunteers said they’d do the job, the Republicans had to step aside.   —>

Franchise bill worries some city leaders
Fear losing local control of cable deal
by Hieu Pham
Iowa City Press-Citizen

—>   Another sore point for critics is losing franchise fees that cities receive from dealing with cable providers.  Iowa City’s 12-year franchise agreement with Mediacom generated $746,895 this fiscal year, according to city finance records. From that amount, about $153,000 went into the city’s general fund, and the rest provided for the city’s government channels.  Bailey and City Council member Mike O’Donnell said they feared what would happen to the local channels.  “Local channels are very important to this community,” O’Donnell said. “Each community is an individual and has different priorities … so I feel much better if we have a say.”   —>

Combating State Video Franchising Reform: A Few Ideas
by Jon Kreucher
Blogging Broadband

AT&T continues to press its vision of bringing Saturn’s “no haggle” policy to video franchising. There’s no need here to get into why video franchising reform is unnecessary and contrary to customers’ interests — that topic has been covered extensively in other places (get a copy of the International City/County Management Association’s white paper, “Forced Franchising: Why the Telephone Industry’s Calls for ‘Shall Issue’ Video Franchising Shouldn’t be Answered”). There is, however, some need to discuss how to deal with state legislation once AT&T makes its move.   —>

Special moment marked in Millbrae history
by Carolyn Livengood
Inside Bay Area (CA)

THE Millbrae City Council proclaimed March as a month to acknowledge 10 years of Millbrae Community Television service to the city and community in local cable TV.

In 1991, Millbrae began operations as a government service on Channel 8, telecasting City Council and school district meetings and running a city communications “scroll.” Its staff consisted of the city clerk and a part-time video camera operator, with help from the city’s parks maintenance staff. With a $5,000 loan from the city, the “station” moved from the city administrator’s reception area to a used modular storage unit in the parking lot.  City council members, Doris Morse, in particular, favored using the television resource as a communitywide access station open to the citizens-at-large, not just solely for municipal government purposes. A citizen’s advisory committee was formed to explore the possibilities.   —>

Committee endorses AT&T deal with city
Company would pay 5% of revenue from Internet TV service
by Greg J. Borowski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)

A Milwaukee Common Council committee on Thursday approved a franchise-like agreement with AT&T that covers the company’s launch of its service to provide television programming over the Internet.

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
140 Episodes of a TV show about happiness

Created and produced by George Ortega, THE HAPPINESS SHOW premiered May 1st. 2003, on White Plains, New York Cable Channel 76. It has also been cablecast in San Francisco, and is now seen each week on cable television stations in Herkimer County, N.Y. and Fairfield County, C.T.  All 140 episodes presented in MPEG format are available for free personal, public access, and commercial TV presentation and distribution anywhere in the world.  Just download them, convert them to whatever format you like, and cablecast or present them to anyone you’d like, anywhere you’d like.

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

Explore posts in the same categories: cable vs telco, community media, municipal programming, PEG access TV, public access television, redlining, video franchising

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: