Community Media: Selected Clippings – 05/06/07

Consumer Groups: Veto Florida Cable TV Bill
by Bill Kaczor, Associated Press
Houston Chronicle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It’s called the “Consumer Choice Act of 2007,” but consumer activists have joined city officials from across Florida in urging Gov. Charlie Crist to veto the legislation that’s designed to increase cable television competition and lower rates.

Crist said Wednesday that he’s not yet had a chance to review the bill, which would shift cable franchising authority from local governments to the state.   —>

Senate committee passes bill that may trump cable deals
by Aaron Marshall
Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)

Columbus- Municipal officials and public-access advocates still weren’t happy with it, but state lawmakers Tuesday passed a bill out of committee anyway that wipes out local cable franchise agreements in favor of a single statewide standard.   —>

Senate Bill 117
Cable TV change approved by panel
Senate to vote today on statewide deal
by Alan Johnson
The Columbus Dispatch (OH)

Legislation to spur cable TV competition is scheduled to come up for a vote by the Ohio Senate today, but it won’t have the support of the chairman of the committee that approved it 7-1 yesterday.   —>

Assembly passes Video Competition Act
by Andrew Beckett
Wisconsin Radio Network

The legislation allowing video providers to negotiate a statewide franchise agreement instead of working with local governments passed Wednesday on a 66-28 vote… Lawmakers in the Senate have delayed action on similar legislation. It’s currently awaiting action in the Joint Finance Committee before the full Senate will take up the bill.   —>

Proposed Bill Would Protect “Network Neutrality”

“Network Neutrality” is a term that basically means the internet should remain free, uncensored, and open to all users. Tuesday, some computer professionals and free speech advocates joined forces to support a bill in the Maine legislature that would protect network neutrality.   —>

Hold telecom hearings
Public knows too little about major reform legislation.
Editorial – Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (NY)

A telecommunications reform bill now in the Legislature would fundamentally alter the way cable television and Internet services are provided throughout the state. It involves big-money players in Albany wrestling over a multibillion-dollar industry.  Yet the measure, and the issue, has been flying under the public’s radar to this point. Gov. Spitzer has been largely silent on the matter, and the Public Service Commission has taken a hands-off approach.

It’s critical that the public is better informed about the bill, whose architect is Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, and that local governments have a chance to weigh in on changes that would directly affect their revenue and regulatory powers. This legislation is yet another diminishment by Albany of existing home-rule powers. On that score alone, local hearings are called for.    —>

District sets forum on cable
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (NY)

The Greece Central School District Board of Education will hold a public input session on May 22 to discuss plans for the district to take over public access cable for portions of the west side of Monroe County.

The district is in discussions with Greece, Gates and Ogden over whether the district should take over operations for Cable Channel 15 and Cable Channel 12.  If the district becomes a cable access vendor, it could use the fully equipped television studios at Olympia High School to run the cable access system.   —>


Verizon gets another 45 days to deliver public access TV
by Leslie Friday
Needham Times (MA)

Along with a tongue-lashing, selectmen gave Verizon another 45 days to deliver public access television to Needham customers, after the company announced it had finally reached an interconnectivity agreement with rival Comcast on Tuesday, May 8.

But despite the lengthy and unexpected delay in service, Verizon representatives said it could not offer any sort of refund — though it would consider making a donation to the town.  “It’s not going to be possible for us to give subscribers a credit,” said Jill Reddish, the company’s franchise operations manager.

Reddish thought the company would consider offering discounts to customers on a case-by-case basis if they had not been warned upfront of problems with the Public, Education and Government programming.  Selectman Chairman Jerry Wasserman doubted Reddish’s logic, since most Verizon customers signing up in December had no idea they would still be seeing fuzz in May.   —>

“InterAct Troy”
May 12, 2007; 10 am -11:55pm
Sanctuary for Independent Media

An all-day community gathering and cultural/arts exchange event, including music, food, art, and educational sessions. Information on community activities, media avenues, and technology.

3:00-5:00 in The Sanctuary, the Alliance for Community Media NYS Chapter, NY Media Alliance, and Invites you to a:

New York State Strategy Session for the Future of Community Media & Media Justice. with:
Betty Yu (Manhattan Neighborhood Network), Dee Dee Halleck (PPTV/Deep Dish TV), George Stoney (“Father of Community TV”), Michael Eisenmenger (, and Steve Pierce (NY Media Alliance).

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

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