Community Media: Selected Clippings – 08/02/07

Statewide Cable Franchise Fight in Pennsylvania
by Randy Rice
Broadband Vision

PA House Bill 1490 is An Act Amending Title 66 (Public Utilities) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for Statewide cable franchises and for municipal regulation of franchise holders of; Statewide franchises. The bill was referred to the House Consumer Affairs committee on July 9.   —>

Watching government
Applaud city’s plan to Webcast meetings
Editorial: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

A reality show that could change your life will be streaming live in Lexington this fall.  It’s called local government, and you can catch it at starting Aug. 21. If you miss an episode here or there you can go to the archive on the Web site and call it up. And there’s no extra charge for this premium service.

The city’s move to stream televised meetings over the Internet might not steal too many viewers away from commercial TV offerings, but it will give people more opportunity to be involved in local government.  Very few citizens have the time to watch GTV3, the city’s public access channel, throughout the day to catch the Urban County Council at work or watch the Planning Commission or check out the Board of Architectural Review. This new service will make it a whole lot easier for people to follow local issues or simply keep track of what’s going on at city hall.

The system will also allow searches so viewers can home in on the issues they are particularly interested in without watching an entire meeting.  This upgrade also includes a long-overdue improvement at city hall, an electronic voting system for the council. In the past council votes have been by voice or a show of hands, and often it was hard to know how each member voted. With electronic voting, citizens will finally be able to know with certainty how each council member votes on each proposal.

The only drawback is that a huge part of the real work of city government will still be inaccessible to all but the most dedicated members of the public. Many, many public meetings aren’t covered by GTV3 and thus aren’t on cable and won’t be streamed.

Kiwanis might cut Gloom’s close-up
by Natalie Storey
The New Mexican

City officials say decision to stop live telecast could draw too many to event  Santa Fe’s Downtown Kiwanis Club board is considering whether to let this year’s burning of Zozobra be shown live on the local public-access cable television channel, event producer Ray Valdez said Thursday.

Last week, the board decided Santa Fe Community Television should replace live coverage of next month’s torching of Old Man Gloom with a DVD documentary professionally produced for Kiwanis that shows the 2005 burning.   —>

Access Humboldt to launch first ever live telecast from Rio Dell
Eureka Reporter (CA)

Tonight at 6:30, Humboldt County residents can tune in to channel 12 to catch a glimpse of the progress made in phase one of Access Humboldt’s Digital Rio Dell project, through the power of telecasting.  The first live telecast will take place in front of Rio Dell’s Fire Hall, during Wildwood Days’ “Fireman’s Night.”

Launching of the project began in March, with the installation of wireless broadband Internet service in Rio Dell City Hall. Access was later added for the library and fire station, with initial service beginning on May 1.  The project is intended to serve as a collaborative model, geared for public, education and government access, or PEG.   —>

BCAT Hones New Message As ‘Brooklyn Independent TV’
Brooklyn Eagle (NY)

The success of BCAT owes much to Borough President Marty Markowitz, who moved its focus into the neighborhoods and started a restructuring which saw the emergence of Executive Director Sutton backed by a BRIC (the Brooklyn Information & Culture) board with the invaluable leadership of Chair Mary Ann Yancey, Leslie Griesbch Schultz, Michelle Moskowitz Brown, Jack Walsh and Isolde Brielmier, among others.

Not content to rest on impressive laurels, by taking advantage of the major strides BCAT has made in recent years, the network has been moving forward with a new “branding” initiative, headed by Travis Stewart, its Marketing and Communications manager. The new brand name: Brooklyn Independent Television, or BIT.  “BIT was officially launched last year,” Travis explains. “It is the component of BCAT charged with creating original Brooklyn-focused programming for the 430,000 Brooklynites who have access to our channels.”   —>

Geekout: Video on Maps for Cable Access TV
by Ben Sheldon
Island 94

I recently did some Drupal development work for Cambridge Community Television. As part of the really amazing work they are doing combining new media with traditional Cable Access Television, CCTV has been mapping videos their members produce. They call this project the Mediamap.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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