Community Media: Selected Clippings – 08/04-05/07

Consumers, not AT&T, should get favored status
by Bruce Speight and Joel Kelsey
Green Bay Gazette (WI)

The dual goals of increased competition in the cable market and the expansion of broadband Internet service in Wisconsin are laudable. In today’s connected world access to robust networks means much more than just the opportunity to watch cable television — it means increased access to news, art, entertainment, and diverse marketplaces. Unfortunately, the so-called “cable competition” bill that is currently before the state Legislature is missing its opportunity to develop the video service marketplace in a way that truly benefits Wisconsinites.

The TV4US Coalition and AT&T’s blizzard of television advertisements forget to mention that the bill currently before the Legislature will allow AT&T to wiggle out of the strong consumer protections that are traditionally included in the video franchising process.   —>
also blogged by US PIRG:

Hillsborough’s Cable Access TV in danger?
Radioactivity: Live Call-In
by Robert Lorei

Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about the plan to cut funding for two access cable TV channels in Hillsborough County.  We’re joined by Louise Thompson, executive director of the Tampa bay community network and Ann Goldenberg, executive director of the Education Channel, which serves Tampa and Hillsborough County. She’s joined by the Education Channel’s marketing director Laura Tierney.   —>
also discussed on 7/24:

Berwick signs 10-year pact with Comcast (ME)
Foster’s Online

Selectmen have signed a 10-year contract with Comcast cable, which will allow the town to begin work on a public access channel.  Selectmen are looking for five residents to begin a Community Television Committee to assist with running the channel, including working with cameras and other production-related assistance.   —>

Rural net service boost: Gov to tout $25M plan
by Jay Fitzgerald
Boston Herald (MA)

—>   The state would invest about $25 million to help bring high-speed Internet to sparsely populated towns in western Massachusetts under an economic development plan to be unveiled today by Gov. Deval Patrick.  About 32 towns in Massachusetts currently don’t have broadbroad Internet that provides faster and more powerful service. State officials say broadband access is critical to future development in economically hard-pressed areas.   —>

The Fiber Optic Debate
by Mac Herring
Mooresville Tribune (NC)

As a Town Commissioner I am charged with looking at the many aspects of such important decisions. I have put together this essay so the Public can also consider the issues at hand. The thoughts expressed are my own, and are in no way an attempt to portray the thoughts of any other Town Board member.  Should The Town of Mooresville Buy the Cable TV system?

If the question is: Should the Town of Mooresville own and operate a local cable TV franchise? “The government shouldn’t be in the cable business.” is the argument put forward by both an ill informed public opinion and Telecommunications companies such as Time Warner.

There are much deeper issues than local government competing against private enterprise. It isn’t about cable TV, or controlling what folks can watch. It’s about a fiber optic infrastructure that will allow for much greater public opportunity than simple cable TV.  Fiber optic offers the potential for economic development, and for more fair and open access to the Internet for every citizen.   —>

Who needs public access TV?
Some argue that ‘Wayne’s World’ is still more democratic than YouTube
by Adrian McCoy
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA)

—>   Still, PCTV is looking to the future in some of the ways Gillmor suggests.  The station’s programs now stream online on the PCTV Web site. It also offers a digital editing workshop in addition to basic production training.  The channel hopes to add video-on-demand and chat-room features, so viewers can interact more fully with what they’re watching.  “We don’t want to be dinosaurs,” says PCTV’s Poole. “But it’s important we don’t get distracted or our focus so fragmented from our mission as a community television station.”   —>

Public Access TV, Then and Now
by Adrian McCoy
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA)

—>   The movement has grown into a nationwide and international phenomenon — there are public access channels in Canada, Europe, South America and Australia. Pittsburgh has had a public access channel — Channel 21 — since 1981, when Warner Cable established the first community studios in the city. In 1984, TCI took over the cable franchise, and a move began for public access to be operated by an independent nonprofit, which led to the launch of PCTV in 1986.   —>

Greenville-Pitt Public Access TV airing local programming
The Daily Reflector (NC)

Greenville-Pitt Public Access Television producer Javier Castillo has created two programs for the public access station, shown on Suddenlink cable channel 23.  An interview with U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., is presented daily at 8 a.m. and 7:18 p.m. “A Conversation With My Congressman” includes a range of subjects, including whether Jones plans to run for office again.   —>

Realtor Creates Public Access TV Show For Arlington and Fairfax Counties (VA)

Carl Goldberg a Realtor representing Century 21 New Millennium in Alexandria Virginia has launched a TV show that advises the public about real estate. The show explores all the different facets of real estate.

Media Organization Honored
Fall Church News-Press (VA)

Arlington Independent Media, a non-profit public broadcasting organization, was awarded the 2007 Hometown Video Festival’s Overall Excellence Award. The Hometown Video Awards, which was hosted by the Alliance for Community Media, honors media for addressing community needs. Arlington Independent Media has won the award five times in the last 17 years and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

GHS station maintains winning run
by Lela Garlington
Commercial Appeal (TN)

Germantown High School may be running out of studio wall space for all of the national awards GHS-TV keeps getting.  Just recently, the community access station picked up 10 first-place awards through the Alliance for Community Media — more than any other access station in the country.  Since 1985, GHS-TV has won 104 first-place Hometown Awards.   —>,2846,MCA_29498_5658591,00.html

County Cable Montgomery
by Dan Libes
Libes Libations (MD)

Last week, the Gazette had a curious article about County Cable Montgomery, the PEG channel that televises official county business such as county council hearings.  According to county spokesperson Patrick Lacefield,   “We are wanting to make the cable channel more accessible to folks. … we’re trying make the programming more interesting and increase its relevance to the public.”

According to the Gazette, the county believes that CCM does not “pique the interest of county youngsters” and the county is trying to change this. According to Donna Keating, CCM Program Manager:   “We are trying to be more responsive to our audience. We do not have access to Nielsen ratings, but we know that we have activists that look at the channel because of the number of replays for the council and town hall meetings… We believe that the missing piece is the young people.”

All I can say is: Huh?

This is the county’s government channel, not Disney or TNT. Why spend money trying to attract a different audience than the one you have? There are dozens of outlets for “young people” already. Actually, there are hundreds.    —>

What’s Going On in Community Media
by Benton Foundation

The media revolution promised for the past 40 years has arrived — again. Four decades ago, the dominance of a handful of television broadcast networks was shattered by the emergence of satellite-linked cable television. In the 1990s, the Internet sent text and data flowing around the world. Now, a decade later, photos, audio, and video are becoming as easily transmitted as text. The era of personal electronic communication and broadband networks is at hand, and every aspect of our media culture is undergoing change.   —>

Media Streaming Servers: Open Source and Proprietary
by Carlos Miranda Levy
Digital Vision Program at Stanford University
A friend recently consulted me about streaming media and video-on-demand solutions available to satisfy the requirements of a distant learning initiative to be implemented by one of his customers. While explaining to him the many options available I realized that not many people are aware of how much the streaming media ecosystem has changed in the last few years and that there are several open source platforms and solutions available for streaming audio and video over the Internet, lowering the cost of such endeavors and making the implementation of pilot and fully functional initiatives much more affordable and accessible to all kind of organizations.   —>

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

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One Comment on “Community Media: Selected Clippings – 08/04-05/07”

  1. […] Post-Gazette, Adrian McCoy wrote two feature pieces about PEG access television – clipped here Monday.  McCoy quoted some apparently dated comments from citizen-media maven Dan Gillmor, to the effect […]

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