Community Media: Selected Clippings – 06/26/07

Word of the Week: Fraudband
by David Isenberg

From the Double-Tongued Dictionary:
Fraudband n. low quality broadband Internet service.
The DTD quotes Azeem Azhar in the Guardian, June 14, 2001:
“Broadband offers three advantages over vanilla modem connections.…But for the overwhelming majority, it doesn’t allow them to do much they could not do before. Perhaps fraudband would be a better term.”  I could add a few definitions: —>

Gov. Strickland signs lower cost cable bill
by Megan King
Morning Journal (OH)

LORAIN — The cable bill that local officials fear will jeopardize their cable franchise fees was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Ted Strickland.  Local officials were concerned that the bill would deprive cities of their franchising fees and would jeopardize public access television.   —>

City concerned cable law could hurt general fund
by Cameron Fullam
Journal-News (OH)

HAMILTON — Gov. Ted Strickland on Monday signed legislation aimed at making it easier for phone companies and other competitors to break into Ohio’s cable television market.  It permits companies that want to enter the market to negotiate a single contract with the state instead of separate contracts with local governments, as they now are required to do.

But city officials fear provisions in the law could allow Time Warner Cable to opt out of a 15-year franchise agreement that brings in $585,322 annually to Hamilton’s general fund.  “The concern we had was that Time Warner could simply terminate the franchise,” City Manager Mark Brandenburger said. “And we wanted to make absolutely sure the new legislation didn’t take channels away from TV Hamilton.”   —>

New Cable TV Law for Ohio
Cleveland Law Library Weblog

The Governor has signed SB117, that will formally change the way cable TV companies contract within the state. Specifically, it is designed to create a franchising system for “video service” providers under the Ohio Director of Commerce (DOC). Designed to achieve uniformity state-wide, the bill rests all authority to grant Video Service Authorizations to the DOC.  Click here for a bill summary and analysis. Click here for the text of the bill, as formally enrolled as an Act, as well as links to all documents related to the bill from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

Rustbelt Radio for June 25, 2007
by Pittsburgh IMC: Rustbelt Radio collective

On this week’s show… * From the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, speaks about her experience making No!, a documentary about Black women and rape. * SEIU protests on behalf of local janitors * Bicyclists, along with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and local cyling advocacy organization Bike-Pittsburgh celebrate Pittsburgh’s second-ever bike lane * and an update on the cases of the 8 former Black Panther Party members on trial in San Francisco for the 1971 murder of a police officer * and more in our local and global headlines

Televise work of the Legislature
Daily Record (CO)

Colorado’s Legislature soon will join the majority of states that televise floor sessions of the House and Senate.  Televising anything political raises fears of unnecessary grandstanding by politicians who love to play to the camera.  But in this case the benefits outweigh the potential negatives of this move.  Governments at all levels have the challenge of engaging the public — so that the public can understand issues and so that the public can influence outcomes.  Without public access, government could just as well be secret.   —>

Albany Telcom Reform
by DIA
Democracy in Albany (NY)

Remember back in December when Corey Ellis was trying to get us public access TV? And remember when Richard Conti appointed a committee to look into it and excluded Ellis? Is it a coincidence that Conti and Mclaughlin are both on the committee that continues to deny us public access TV AND both on the mayor’s Recapitalize Albany team? Just another one of Mayor Jenning’s “Coming Soon” initiatives.   —>

Electricity, Gas – and Broadband
by Marcus Banks
Gotham Gazette (NY)
June, 2007

Should broadband access join water, gas and electricity and be a basic utility available to all New Yorkers? Some advocates say yes and are likely to press that point as the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee continues to conduct hearings throughout the city.  The Broadband Advisory Committee, created by Local Law 126, exists to advise the mayor and City Council speaker “on issues pertaining to access to broadband technologies within the city of New York.” Broadband, as defined by that law is a “high-speed connection to the Internet” that enables the “fast relay of voice and data that many have come to expect.” Broadband capabilities are essential to many online activities, such as sharing videos, and make many other on-line tasks easier and quicker.

After holding hearings in all five boroughs, the advisory committee will issue recommendations on broadband policy to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Group.   —>

Greece cable issue to air tonight
by Meaghan M. McDermott
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY)

The question of whether the Greece Central School District will become the public access cable provider for Monroe County’s west-side towns could be answered today.  During tonight’s Board of Education meeting, board members Frank Oberg and Joseph Moscato plan to ask the nine-member board to nix any plans for the district to take over cable access.

“We have decided to put a nail in this thing for once and for all,” said Moscato. “We’re comfortable with working out a lease agreement where we will allow our facilities to be used by the vendor of choice for the towns if we would charge a nominal fee and have a guarantee that our kids will get the opportunity to learn about broadcast and programming.”  Oberg said he believes the district should not be in the media business.  “But we have this TV studio, so we need to find a reasonable way we can make use of it and help the towns out with their issues,” he said.   —>

Educational access TV cancels Kyrillos interview with U.S. Attorney
by Max Pizarro (NJ)

Brookdale Community College has canceled State Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos’ cable television show, saying the college does not want to be at the flashpoint of a political campaign.  Kyrillos had hoped to show himself in conversation with U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie, an unabashed critic of state officials and arguably the GOP’s favorite leading man. But the interview Kyrillos did with the feisty Christie may air after the Nov. 4th election, and not before, said Cheryl Cummings, executive director of the Brookdale Network, which produced the program.

“The program is not running,” Cummings told “It’s been produced, but it’s not running.” She called a plug on Kyrillos’ website alerting viewers to the pre-election times and dates of his show “inaccurate information.” She said the initial green-light go ahead from a “lower level” production member at Brookdale was a “mistake.”

… Cummings acknowledged that federal law requires broadcast entities to offer equal time to political candidates, but drew a distinction between public access and educational access. “Public access channels are open to the public,” said Cummings. “What programs go on the channel (21) are determined by Brookdale, and they are educational programs.”   —>

Some women give the word fancy a whole new meaning.
by Jennifer Caddick
Daily Titan (CA)

For Chelsea Howard and Karen Alonzo, acting fancy is all about cramming a bunch of people into a soundproof classroom and giving an unknown band the musical liberty to whine, shriek and croon all they want.  A makeshift studio at Buena Park High School is home to their public access television program “That’s Fancy.”  “This is my baby,” Howard said.  The fair-haired show is all about exposing the local music scene.   —>

Citizen Media Toolbox
by Bryan Nunez
Video Hub blog

Ran across this from unmediated.  JD Lasica from is trying to put together a set of easy to use tools to get people up and running with citizen journalism.  His wish includes:

* Out-of-the-box community publishing solution based on an extension of either the base code for Drupal or ArmchairGM (which supports the initiative).
* Set of widgets that are customizable and of particular value to sites publishing community news, political events and related topics.
* Customizable templates (sleek, CSS-ready) with mastheads, themes and graphic icons that can be adapted to different localities, regardless of CMS or platform.
* Multimedia publishing tool (free, cross-platform) for distributing videos, podcasts and photos to multiple hosting destinations.
* Instant feeds: RSS and Media RSS.
* Google Maps configured for use by local communities.
* CMS modules or capabilities: Advancedsearch, navigation controls, social networks and groups, community chat, customized blog posts, comments, forums or message boards.
* Preconfigured online video which allows people to publish to local channels based on tags or a structured ontology. If you’re a community publisher in Boise, you may wish to create channels about the city council, crime, recreation, senior living, youth news, etc.
* Resource directory: Public domain and Creative Commons-licensed images and clip art.
* Wiki plug-ins so wikis can be integrated into the local sites to spur community involvement in structuring solutions to local issues.
* Tutorials and screencasts: Detailed guides on how other local sites successfully use Web 2.0 tools and databases in their communities.

The full article can be could found here.

Analysis: 6 Useful Social Media Tools and Sites For Women
by Rohit Bhargava
Digital Media Wire

When it comes to social media tools, most are not gender specific.  That’s a good thing, as it means they can be uniformly useful for everyone, but it’s a sign of evolution when more specifically targeted sites start to appear.  It happened with websites and now the same seems to be happening with several new interesting social media tools popping up targeted at women.  Based on some planning efforts for a number of campaigns we have recently been putting together for clients targeting women, here’s my starter list of 5 great social media tools for women.   —>

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

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