Community Media: Selected Clippings – 08/21/07

Carlsbad sues cable provider
by Barbara Henry
North County Times (CA)

Attorneys for the city of Carlsbad filed suit Monday against the local cable TV provider, charging that Time Warner Cable has allegedly been trespassing on city-controlled property and operating without a valid local franchise agreement since November.

The city is seeking “100 percent of the company’s gross revenue” from its business in Carlsbad for the nine-month period since the company’s previous contract with the city expired in November, Deputy City Attorney Paul Edmonson said, adding that dollar figure could total more than $1 million.   —>

Public access programmers, AT&T feud over U-Verse carriage
Great Lakes IT Report (MI)

A group backing local cable access media Tuesday announced that it had filed a complaint against AT&T Inc. with the Michigan Public Service Commission for failing to carry their programming.  The Michigan Chapter of the National Alliance for Community Media filed the complaint Aug. 14, saying that AT&T is now offering its new U-Verse video service to portions of 65 southeast Michigan communities — without including any community programming, and has missed a state deadline to do so.

However, the MPSC Tuesday dismissed the complaint. Staff attorney Margaret Wallin said the association lacks standing to bring the complaint because it wasn’t a party that was actually harmed by the alleged actions. Also, she said, the complaint alleges possible future violations of state law, not current violations.

ACM’s attorney, Jon D. Kreucher, pledged the complaint would be refiled quickly by one of the cities involved, and said that “it seems AT&T is trying to fight this case on procedural grounds rather than argue the merits.”    —>

Rules cited as opening for competition
‘Shot clock’ gives telcos ability to head off delays
by Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News

ASPEN – A federal regulator on Monday cited new cable-TV franchise rules as an example of the government trying to create new “windows of opportunity for competition.”   —>,2777,DRMN_23910_5678199,00.html

Community Media
Puerto Rico Sun (NY)

Manhattan Neighborhood Network 2008 Community Media Grants are available to 501c3 nonprofits and community organizations based in Manhattan. The grants fund the innovative production and use of community media and television. For more information,

Summer Media Institute 2007 Documentary
posted by Shaun
Cambridge Community Television (MA)

This documentary gives you a behind the scene look at CCTV’s Summer Media Institute (SMI), a six-week work expereience and media production program run though a partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The video features interviews with SMI participants and staff, and profiles the projects that were made during the summer 0f 2007.  Produced by: Laura Asherman, 2007 SMI Documentarian

Markey’s Mark
Broadcasting and Cable

Since January, Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has directed business as chairman of the powerful House Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee, after a dozen years watching Republicans control the gavel and much of the debate.

… The ever-competitive 61-year-old Markey is currently nursing a ruptured achilles tendon suffered in a game of basketball “with 20-somethings.” But that hardly stopped him from taking the time before the August break to talk with B&C’s John Eggerton about TV violence, private equity and his nightmare scenario of what might happen on TV’s D-Day.   —>


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

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