Community Media: Selected Clippings – 10/11/07

Conference – Oct 19-21:
Redefining Media: Media Democracy and Community Radio (Canada)
by Paul Riismandel

Community radio CKUT in Montreal, Quebec is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a conference, Redefining Media: Media Democracy and Community Radio. I only found out about it yesterday and really wish I had the time and travel money to go. The conference happens Oct 19 – 21 and is “pay what you can.”

I’m always impressed when a licensed station is willing to deal with unlicensed radio. In this case there are two sessions at this conference dedicated to the subject, in technical detail: Building a Low-Watt Transmitter I & II. Plenty of other sessions looks good, too, especially: Radio, Art and Freedom of Thought, Community Radio Around the Globe and the closing panel, What is Media Democracy?

CKUT is a great station with a nicely diverse lineup of music and public affairs program. I’m a regular listener to the podcast of the International Radio Report.

Akaku Staves Off State Takeover In Court (HI)
Free Speech Alert

Akaku, Maui’s Community Television Network will not be put out to bid this month as the state had originally planned. Akaku’s motion for preliminary injunction to stop the Request For Proposal (RFP) process was heard before Judge August in the Circuit Court Thursday morning, October 4, 2007. After reviewing the matter, Maui Second Circuit Court Judge Joel August asserted that Akaku is likely to win itslawsuit claiming that the State’s current RFP process for Media Access Organizations violates State Law and due process requirements, however, the Judge decided to decline the issuance of the preliminary injunction at this time. —>

Halt sought in AT&T video service (CT)

The state Office of Consumer Counsel today filed a motion to stop the expansion of AT&T’s U-Verse video service in Connecticut. The state Department of Public Utility Control previously refused to stop the new television provider while a lawsuit was still open. Consumer Counsel Mary Healey argues that a federal court ruling has settled the issue. AT&T, she claims, is a cable company and must get a more onerous cable franchise license. AT&T says Connecticut law allows it to proceed without the license.

Prometheus on FCC Ruling
by Ernesto Aguilar
Rolas de Aztlan: KPFT/Pacifica/Media Notes

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission moved to limit the number of full power, noncommercial, educational radio stations for which any one entity or organization can apply, during the FCC’s imminent application window for these stations. This is the statement of Prometheus lead organizer on the full power FM radio window — Libby Reinish.

“The FCC, by taking this measure to limit speculation in these licenses, has improved the chance that there will be a diverse applicant pool of local, community-based non-profits who will be better able to meet the broadcast needs of their particular communities. These limits will allow prompt processing and a just distribution of licenses among many local entities. We look forward to working with the great diversity of new voices that build radio stations as a result of this application window.” —>

Why Black folks need broadband
by Garlin Gilchrist II
The Super Spade

The Center for Creative Voices in Media’s The Case for Universal Broadband: Now! study was released today. It says that this country needs everyone to have equal access to reliable high-speed Internet connections. I agree, and I think this is especially true for Black people.

As I alluded to in this podcast, I see Internet-access issues as issues of rights that should be protected. I take that thinking in part from the brilliant Dr. Robert Moses who wrote this concerning math education, “Mathematics education is a civil rights issue.”

Black folks must take advantage of the Internet and broadband technology at a deeper level. It’s cool to have high-speed internet access as a way to view retarded dances on YouTube or play checkers online. It’s even more cool to use the Internet as it was intended: as a tool to share information and ideas with the world. —>

The Case For Universal Broadband in America: Now!
Costs of Failure to Achieve President’s Goal of Universal Broadband by 2007 are “Staggering,” Says New Report
Include Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of Economic Growth and Over a Million Jobs
Center for Creative Voices in Media

The failure to achieve President Bush’s 2004 goal of universal broadband access to the Internet “in every corner of America by the year 2007” has cost our nation hundreds of billions of dollars in added economic development and over a million newly-created high-paying jobs, according to a report by the nonprofit Center for Creative Voices in Media released today at the Brookings Institution…
# The Case For Universal Broadband in America: Now! – .pdf of printed report (482.75KB)
# The Case For Universal Broadband in America: Now! – Word .doc (275KB)

Cable cost for city will increase
by Molly Tippen
The Romulus Roman (MI)

The cost of keeping cable television and Internet hook-ups at Romulus City Hall will increase because of the extensive cable franchising agreement signed into law last year. Romulus City Council members voted Monday night to amend the city budget to pay for the cost of cable at several municipal buildings.

Roger Kadau, the city communications director, said the Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act of 2006 effectively negated any local control the city had over cable connections. “We used to negotiate with Comcast about the fees, but because of the agreement, we can’t do that anymore,” he said. “It’s going to cost $269.70 more per month to keep the existing connections.”

City Hall has several cable connections to allow employees to monitor news and weather, and to allow them access to information. Under the statewide franchising agreement, local governments were limited in their negotiations with cable providers to provide the service. When the agreement was enacted, it allowed Comcast to charge for connections that had been covered by the negotiated agreement between the city and company. —>

Meetings streamed live online
by Kara Fitzpatrick
Bucks County Courier Times (PA)

The Northampton supervisors are now providing a high-tech option for residents who want to be informed about local government happenings. For the first time ever, the supervisors Wednesday meeting was broadcast live on the Internet using the township Web site. The supervisors have chosen to stream the meetings live because Verizon, which is a Comcast competitor, does not currently offer its local cable customers public access channels. —>

League of Women Voters forbids filming of San Francisco mayoral forum
by Josh Wolf – San Francisco (CA)

Almost all of the candidates, including the mayor, will be taking part in a candidate forum tonight. It’s sponsored by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco, and it will take place at 6:00PM in the Koret Auditorium at the main branch of the public library. The event will be taped by SFGTV, the local government television station, and according to an e-mail I received from Jolinda Sim, the Candidate Forums chair for the League of Women Voters, “no videotaping or flash photography [will be] allowed due to the fact that SFGOV TV is taping this forum for broadcast.” —>

30 Years of Brattleboro Community TV!
by BCTVProg (VT)

On October 10, 1977 Brattleboro Community Television broadcast for the first time. BCTV was the first community television station in Vermont so Brattleboro was navigating in uncharted waters at that time.

…We’ve included a few photos and videos here. We’ll be posting additional programs soon including a classic episode of “Brattleboro Tonight” from BCTV’s early years. We would welcome volunteers who would like to help put classic programs up on the video websites for non cable viewers to see. And please include links here to other programs that have been shown on BCTV over the years. There are already dozens of episodes of “The Pulse of Brattleboro” and other local programs on Google Video so feel free to check those out. —>

What now is so beautiful, was once so very ugly
by Tom Watkins

—> The man who captured the essence of human decency and brought tears to my eyes for his humility and sense of human decency, was Lake Orion resident Joe Johnson. Joe is the Outreach Coordinator and Lead Trainer at Community Media Network, located in Troy. Joe has trained hundreds of community members in video production. When people with disabilities signed up for his class, Joe did not create a “special” segregated class for these men, but enthusiastically included them in his “regular” class. The fact that Joe has the active support of H. Jay Wiencko, Jr., Executive Director, just adds icing to the cake of human decency.

In accepting his award Joe said he was honored and, like all before him that had given so much of themselves to be a friend, he felt he received much more than he gave. Yet it was the simple truth that had the greatest wallop to me and the hundreds in the audience when he graciously accepted his award and said, “I long for the day that common human decency to our fellow man, being kind, thoughtful and giving to ALL people is the norm and not something to be singled out for recognition.”

Yes, Joe, it will be a great day of celebration when that day comes but, until then, thank you and Community Media Network for helping to set the stage and lead the way for us all! Remember, dignity is nothing more than the freedom of allowing people to be themselves.

OLLI Offers Past Courses on Public Television

PITTSFIELD – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute makes its television debut this fall when it airs some of its most popular courses from past semesters on CPAT. OLLI is a volunteer-run educational organization that offers courses and events at academic and cultural institutions throughout the Berkshires.

…The first course is a six-part series on “The Great Depression: A Storied History.” Professor David Auerbach originally taught the class at Berkshire Community College in 2005. It examines the political and economic events such as the stock exchange crash and the development of new government agencies. The series received excellent reviews from the students who attended. It airs the week of Oct. 21 through Nov. 11. Two other courses will be aired later in the fall.

Local participating cable-access stations are Community Television of the Southern Berkshires, PCTV, Willinet and Northern Berkshire Community Television. —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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