Community Media: Selected Clippings – 04/22/07

Statewide cable franchise bill should be defeated
Jackson Sun – Editorial (TN)

> Tennessee lawmakers should join those of 12 other states and defeat a bill that would grant AT&T a statewide cable TV franchise. There is no reason the telecommunications giant can’t live by the current rules that give control over cable franchising to local municipalities. Only local communities can best decide what needs to be done in their communities.   —>

AT&T’s cable service push draws intense debate at Capitol
by Ryan Keith (AP)
Bellevue News Democrat (IL)

>   But competitors and other opponents argue the change could lead to worse programming and poor service – or none at all.  “It’s a big-stakes game for business,” said Barbara Popovic of Keep Us Connected, a coalition of cities, nonprofit groups and public access channels fighting the measure. “We’re here to tell you that the stakes are also high for the public.”   —>

Cable TV control at stake in Ohio
Local governments, telecom giants tangle over statewide contract
by Aaron Marshall
Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)

Columbus- Imagine your monthly TV bill dropping as video competitors fight for your business. You wear out your thumbs flipping through channels that never end, and cutting-edge technologies put you in the middle of the action on the football field. It could be a TV junkie’s nirvana.

Or, imagine your TV service is screwed up, and no one at City Hall can help. You can’t even watch your kid’s football game because there’s almost no local-access programming. Fly-by-night video operators tear up sidewalks and skip town. It could be a TV junkie’s nightmare.

These two scenarios are being batted around in Columbus as supporters and opponents debate an important issue with a please-wake-me-up-when-it’s-over name: statewide video franchising agreements.   —>

Ohio SB 117 – Not really in our best interest
by Carole Cohen
Cleveland Real Estate & News (OH)

It’s been a busy week and I am behind on this past week’s news and events. First up was a fabulous ‘Meet The Bloggers’ round table discussion which brought together public officials, lawyers, citizens and bloggers to discuss Ohio’s SB 117. It is well worth your time to listen to the podcast which you can find here. It will be on our next ballot for your vote…

Matt Zone (Cleveland’s Ward 17) is on the public utilities committee. He was at the round table discussion. He stated that Cleveland would wind up with one cable access channel instead of the seven we have now. There is a wealth of information on those access channels. Hmm. From seven to one….more choice or less? Councilman Zone also estimated a quarter of a million dollar loss in revenue each year from Cable revenues…and that was based solely on Time Warner as our city’s cable provider.   —>

Bill would give C-SPAN-like program to state Legislature
by Jamie Kizzire
Montgomery Advertiser (AL)

>  Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, is sponsoring a bill that would provide for live television coverage of the Legislature. Ross said he wants to make the proceedings at the State House more accessible to the public, since many people cannot make it to Montgomery to watch the proceedings live…  Ross’ bill is in the Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee, but no action has been taken on it.

The legislation simply states there will be “live gavel-to-gavel coverage of legislative proceedings.” The secretary of the Senate and the clerk of the House of Representatives would be responsible for arranging the coverage. The bill does not contain financial details for the program.

The senator said the coverage could include working with public access channels on cable systems or other channels to broadcast the session. The senator said he is open to taping the proceedings and allowing the channels to rebroadcast them. He does not want the coverage edited.

Legislative television coverage is offered by 27 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Community residents honored
by Renee Guschin
Eureka Reporter (CA)

>   She is also a past president of a chapter of the League of Women Voters in Washington and has held a number of leadership roles in the area.  Kraepelien, who has contributed to the community through his work at the city of Arcata, Humboldt State University and KEET-TV, to name a few, praised the league for its work as a nonpartisan group focused on civic education.  “The best thing about receiving this award is who it’s from,” he said.

Kraepelien, who is a board member for Access Humboldt, spoke about how the nonprofit group “will change politics in Humboldt County.” Kraepelien said issues the league is concerned with, like campaign finance reform, can be tackled through use of the Community Media Center, set to open at Eureka High School this fall.

“If you’re running for office, you and your opponents can do talk shows,” he said.  Kraepelien said more political debates could take place at the media center and teleconferencing will be another option the high-speed broadband backbone will provide.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Dir., Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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