Community Media: Selected Clippings – 06/07/07

Special Note:

Gloria Tristani, former FCC Commissioner and friend of community media, is this week’s guest on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.”

Show times are Saturday, June 9 at 6 pm on C-SPAN, and Monday, June 11, at 8 am and 8 pm on C-SPAN2. Topics discussed during the half-hour interview include the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recent decision on “fleeting expletives” and indecency and violence in the media

[ Check out some of these comments in Save the Internet’s Gallery, then add your own here. FCC’s comments deadline is June 15. It’s not only fun to tell your story – it’s important! rm ]

Tell your story!

Last year, more than 1.5 million Americans contacted Congress and stopped phone and cable company efforts to kill Net Neutrality. Now industry lobbyists are pressuring the Federal Communications Commission to abandon this fundamental Internet freedom.

It’s time the FCC heard from you. The agency has launched a public inquiry into whether it should protect Net Neutrality or let companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast dictate which Web sites you can use. Take action now and help stop the big phone and cable companies again.

In your own words, tell the FCC why you need a free and open Internet. Your story will be sent to the FCC in Washington. Note: Your story will be publicly available.

Why Media Diversity Matters

Join author, commentator, and talk show host Tavis Smiley, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, LCCR President and CEO Wade Henderson, and other distinguished speakers for a one-of a-kind event on the importance of media diversity.

“Why Media Diversity Matters – A National Town Hall Meeting”
12 noon eastern, 10 am mountain, June 29
George Washington University Washington, DC, & Turnhalle in the Tivoli, Denver, CO
And on the web at:

In search of media diversity
by Joseph Torres
Hispanic Link – Scripps News

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us. …From the press and the pulpit we have suffered much by being incorrectly represented.”

So wrote John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish 180 years ago in the inaugural issue of Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American newspaper founded in New York City. It is sad that their quote is as relevant today as it was in 1827.

Two centuries later, even though people of color make up a third of the U.S. population, the media are still struggling to integrate diverse voices in news coverage and staffing. Media companies are quick to pledge their support for newsroom diversity, but their actions still fail to match their rhetoric. The same can be said for the Federal Communications Commission’s commitment to fostering greater racial, ethnic and gender diversity on our airwaves. It has failed to take any action on this growing crisis. —>

Wilson fights state bill aimed at limiting city fiber plan
by Alex Keown
Wilson Daily Times (NC)

RALEIGH — Wilson city leaders and officials from other state municipalities failed to kill a House bill they say would hinder cities from establishing city-run, hi-tech communications infrastructure. On Wednesday, a House public utilities committee passed a bill that places several hurdles before municipalities seeking to provide cable television, telephone or high-speed Internet services to their residents.

The bill, which is backed by the telecommunications industry, would require governments to hold public hearings before implementing such a plan. Municipalities would also have to release their business plan, which would include how the city intends the venture to be profitable while not pricing the service below fair market value.

Speaking for the N.C. League of Municipalities, Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose said high-speed Internet service is part of the infrastructure of the future. He said the city has spent more than $100 million in recent years on infrastructure, including water and sewer, and $18 million on fiber optics cable for high-speed Internet connections. Rose said offering this kind of infrastructure will help attract businesses to Wilson in the post-tobacco era.

“In nearly everything we’ve done, the state has been our partner,” Rose said. “But now, when we’re trying to create new types of infrastructure, the state isn’t our partner.” Grant Goings, Wilson city manager, said the telecommunications companies are “concerned about their corporate profits; we are concerned about jobs, opportunities for our citizens, and our city’s future. —>

Bill Hammond Likes The Brodsky Telecom Bill
by lipris
The Albany Project (NY)

“Wild” Bill Hammond of the New York Daily News writes about Assemblyman Brodsky’s Telecommunications Reform Act this morning. Though he really only focuses on pieces of the bill, he does come out strongly in favor of the legislation. He also rightly asks the Governor to finally start paying attention and correctly identifies those standing in the way of passing Brodsky’s bill. —>

Report On Verizon Bill State House Public Hearing [videoclip]
by SCAT Staff Vlog
Somerville Community Access TV Vlog

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications held a public hearing at the Gardiner Auditorium in the MA State House to hear testimony on the “Verizon” bill. S. 1975 H. 3385 Many local communities spoke to defeat the bill. If your community access television station would like a cablecast quality copy to show, or would like to hotlink this video on their web site….please contact Somerville Channel 3 at (617) 628-8826.

Consumer protections are cable bill victory
Chicago Sun Times (IL)

You can already get phone service from your cable company. And if a promising bill in Springfield becomes law, you could soon get TV service from your phone company. The result should be a win for customers, not only because the bill will spur competition for TV service as well as phone service, but also because the measure contains some consumer protections that are the strongest in the country. —>,CST-EDT-edits07a.article

Tuning Out the Left
by Mindy Farabee
Los Angeles City Beat

Your TV might have 500 channels, but media consolidation has all but guaranteed that progressive, alternative channels like Free Speech TV are not among them. —>

Undercover TV
by mrbarky
Critter News (WA)

I just came across this program on Public Access here in Seattle
This is a very good organization.

[ Undercover TV is an innovative television series that exposes the extreme animal cruelty deliberately hidden from the American public. This revolutionary new half-hour television program produced by IDA takes viewers where other shows won’t – inside of factory farms, vivisection laboratories, fur operations, puppy mills, and other exploitive industries to show people the truth about the suffering of animals behind the scenes.

Most Americans have never seen how animals used for food, clothing or scientific experiements are treated because those who profit from their suffering keep them hidden behind locked and guarded doors. By showing happy animated animals on TV commercials, they depict the treatment of these animal inaccurately. Undercover TV presents investigative videos to show the public the truth about the mistreatment of animals in society. It is only when groups go undercover, are we able to capture footage. ]

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

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