Community Media: Selected Clippings – 06/22/07

The future of public TV
by Michael Stevens
Community Press & Recorder (OH)

CLERMONT COUNTY – The future of public access cable channels may be in doubt if a revised Ohio S.B. 117 is approved.  The bill would give the state sole control over negotiating cable television contracts with service providers, which could mean a reduction in public access channels and a loss of community programming oversight and revenue generated as part of current franchise agreements.

“It will take away our authority to communicate with residents,” said Miami Township Trustee Ed Humphrey, who recently testified before an Ohio House committee about the bill. The way the bill is written, he said, companies providing a public access channel to a township can reclaim the channel if it is deemed under used.   —>

Maine shows Internet resolve
by Ryan Blethen
Editorial: Seattle Times

The federal government’s inaction on global warming has inspired a green streak from Olympia to Albuquerque. The black hole that is the health-care debate on the federal level emboldened plans to insure most of Massachusetts’ residents.

The feds should have acted on these sticky issues before states, driven to the point of exasperation, had to act. The environment and health care are not the only topics currently dangling in front of states. Modern technologies and communications have also proven too much for Washington, D.C., to handle.

Maine is the first state to give up the wait on Internet access. The New England state has acted on wonkishly named network neutrality, which would ensure an open Internet. Lawmakers stopped short of passing a law with teeth, and instead opted for what they call in Maine “a resolve.”

That is a decent start.  The push for net neutrality must be put on the books in some fashion by politicians. It cannot continue to be an argument waged by pro-consumer groups against the cable and telecommunications companies.   —>

Taking Another Stab at Restoring LPFM
by Paul Riismandel
Media Geek

After the FCC created the low-power FM radio service in 2000, Congressional Republicans in the pocket of the NAB made a last-minute backroom maneuver to add a major restriction to the service in a budget bill. The restriction requires 100-watt LPFM stations to be spaced on the dial the same as full-power stations as large as 100,000 watts, despite the so-called Mitre report to Congress that showed LPFMs pose no significant interference threat to full-power stations when spaced according to the FCC’s original specifications.

The effect of this restriction has been that most urban areas–including the top 50 radio markets–can’t have LPFM stations because there’s no space on the dial that meets these absurd standards.

So, today, House Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced the introduction of bipartisan bills to restore LPFM. This is now the third (or maybe fourth) attempt, with McCain being the Congressperson with the most tries under his belt.   —>

Bill Allowing Public Entities to Develop Wireless Broadband Infrastructure
njpols (NJ)

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Steve Sweeney, Joseph Doria and Shirley Turner which would authorize local entities to develop wireless broadband infrastructure and contract with private Internet service providers to establish wireless community networks was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 37-0, and is scheduled for a vote in the Assembly later today.

“In today’s world, web access is not a luxury, but a necessity,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “Between paying bills electronically, performing academic research, or keeping in touch with family and friends, the Internet has changed the way we perform so many everyday activities. All New Jerseyans deserve access to broadband Internet access, regardless of their income or where they live.”   —>

The Press Gives AT&T a Lap Dance
by Karl
Word Soup

Yet another AP piece on franchise reform that fails to note the laws AT&T and Verizon are lobbying for strip away eminent domain rights, eliminate consumer protections, legalize cherry picking, and will kill off public access television.  And that’s one of the good ones.

No questions asked about whether local municipalities REALLY delay phone companies deploying TV and prevent them from competing with cable companies.  No questions asked about whether letting a company cherry pick next-gen broadband deployment results in broad competition or lower prices in a duopoly market.  No mention of the fact that Texas has had one of these laws in place for two years, and cableTV prices continue to rise, and broadband competitive utopia has not sprouted from between sidewalk cracks like fucking angelic weeds.   —>

SL and The Media Panelist Call-Out
by Elle Waters
Second Life Community Convention 2007

To all SLCC journalists and SL related news sources:
As a respected and valuable member of the media in Second Life, we would like to invite you to participate on a panel discussion for this year’s Second Life Community Convention, entitled “SL and the Media: the Power of the Press in Virtual Reality” on Sunday, August 26th at 4:30pm. In providing timely information and commentary to SL residents, your impact upon Second Life as a community has been undeniable. We feel that the media as a formidable element of change within Second Life should be acknowledged, and we would like to hear your thoughts on the challenges you have faced as a media source in SL and hear your predictions about what you see for the future of Second Life’s information culture.

Currently, we have five panel slots available for news source representatives*, and we will accept one per media organization on a first-come, first-served basis. Panelists will be asked to prepare a five minute summary of their organization’s work within Second Life and comment on their greatest challenge as a media outlet this year and what they see as the role for media in Second Life for the future. A short question and answer period (both in Chicago and from within Second Life) will follow where panelists are encouraged to contribute. The panel discussion will last approximately one hour in total.   —>

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

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