Community Media: Selected Clippings – 04/26/07

Contact Gov. Culver to VETO SF 554!!!
by Maria Houser Conzemius
Press Citizen (IA)

There is a new guy in town–Qwest. SF554 (video franchise bill) has passed the Senate and House, even though our representatives put up a valiant fight. But there is still hope.  We just got word our representatives are talking to the Governor about a possible veto. They need your help. Send Chet a message: Veto SF554!   —>

Illinois Legislators Speak Out on HB 1500

Keep Us Connected went to Springfield on April 18, 2007. Here’s what some state legislators have to say about HB 1500 as it relates to public needs   —> [ video clips ]

Cities rip Senate’s cable TV proposal
More competition not worth it, critics say
by Alan Johnson
Columbus Dispatch (OH)

>   AT&T, which plans to introduce its own cablelike television service in Ohio, is lobbying heavily for the bill. The company, formerly known as SBC and Ameritech Ohio, took out full-page ads in The Dispatch and other newspapers across the state and also began a series of radio commercials.

But officials from the Ohio Municipal League and the Ohio Township Association, as well as city officials from Cleveland to Dayton, are far from sold on the idea. Most strongly opposed it in testimony before the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.  Steve Husemann, executive director of the Miami Valley Communications Council, said Jacobson’s bill would have a “crippling effect…on our municipalities.”

The council, formed in 1975, is a cooperative venture of eight suburban communities in the Dayton area. Husemann said the council stands to lose more than $300,000 annually in franchise fees. He also is concerned about public right-of-way issues and the potential loss of institutional video hookups linking schools, governments and libraries.   —>

Council voices opposition to cable measure
by William K. Alcorn
Vindicator (OH)

City council opposes a proposed state law that would eliminate local control of cable television providers and cost the city in excess of $100,000 a year.  Auditor Tina Morell said that Struthers will realize about $108,000 in 2007 from a cable franchise fee and that it increases slightly each year.  The proposed law, Senate Bill 117, amounts to “plundering and looting” the cable franchising process, added 2nd Ward Councilman Mark Sandine.

In a related matter, council authorized spending up to $1,500 with Local Voice Ohio, a coalition of local communities, to fight the law.

Tredyffrin getting static from Verizon over TV stations
by Daniel Kristie
Main Line Life (PA)

Tredyffrin residents who subscribe to Verizon’s fiber optic cable television service do not yet receive the township’s public access stations.  It could take until Sept. 30 before the stations are available, Verizon representatives say.

In October 2006, Tredyffrin granted Verizon a franchise to extend cable service into the township. Comcast was the only other company providing non-satellite cable service at the time. The franchise went into effect in November.  According to Section 6 of the Franchise Agreement, prior to the date Verizon began offering cable service, it was required to begin negotiating with Comcast to share the signals for Tredyffrin’s two PEG (public, education and government access) stations. At that time, Comcast had the only connection to those signals.

Tredyffrin was supposed to require Comcast, “on reasonable terms and conditions,” to share the signal. If the two cable providers could not reach an agreement in 30 days, Tredyffrin was supposed to mediate the dispute. If the two could not reach an agreement in 60 days, the township was supposed to “designate the point of interconnection.”

If for some reason an interconnection was not feasible, Verizon was not required to pursue it. But the township had (and has) the option to require Verizon to create its own separate video link to the PEG stations.   —>

Rep. Sanchez launching TV show
Cable-access program ‘Loretta Live’ to feature interviews with colleagues, Cabinet members and policy experts.
by Matthew Harris
Orange County Register (CA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Loretta Sanchez is used to being peppered with questions about the latest hot-button issue of the day.  But on Tuesday, it was Sanchez who was probing the thoughts of fellow Rep. John Murtha about the controversial supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war.

The interview was for her new monthly cable-access show, “Loretta Live.” It’s called “Live,” but actually it’s taped in a basement studio available to all members of Congress. Sanchez plans to interview her colleagues, Cabinet secretaries and policy experts about topics percolating on Capitol Hill.   —>

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

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