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Maryland Officials Ask FCC to Clarify OTT Point

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

A group of Maryland county cable regulatory officials met with the legal advisors to all the commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission and the chief of the Media Bureau to argue that cable operators can't have it both ways when it comes to redefining over-the-top (OTT) video, and that the FCC should "subject" (their term) OTTs to the same regulatory and statutory obligations as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs, or pay-TV providers).

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Benton Foundation Accepts The Dirk Koning-George Stoney Award

Personally, as you can imagine, and for all of us at the Benton Foundation, 2015 has been a rough year. But the outpouring of love and support we’ve received from all corners has been amazing. Charles Benton would have been so thrilled to realize how many lives he touched and impacted. And I am so honored to be here with you all to accept The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Award.

Tools For Expanding Closed Captioning of Public Access Programming

Nov 10 2015 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission will hold a forum on November 10, 2015, to promote discussion about closed captioning of public access and governmental programming shown on television.

Sens Baldwin and Markey Preserve Public Access to Local Television Channels, Ensure Diversity of Programming

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

US Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) have reintroduced the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, legislation to ensure public access to local television programming.

American Community Television and SEATOA on Comcast/Time Warner Cable: PEG Must Be Protected

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Saying that the Comcast-Time Warner transfers and spin-offs puts Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access television at risk, American Community Television (ACT), filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission proceeding to review the transactions.

"No Localism, No Merger!" message to FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Access Humboldt filed comments supporting Public, Education and Government access (PEG) and the role of local franchise authorities as the Federal Communications Commission considers Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Proposed merger of cable giants could pose threat to public access

Location:
Manhattan Neighborhood Network, 175 E 104th St , New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

Community access media programs like New York City’s Community Access Organizations provide unique local resources are at great risk as a result of market changes such as those inherent to the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

A Broadcaster's Guide to Washington Issues

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters covers a variety of topics.

TVFreedom Pushes For PEG Bill

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

TVFreedom has called on Congress to pass the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, which would insure that public, educational and government (PEG) channels remain on cable's basic tier and would allow PEG funding to be used for operations, among other things.

ACT Takes Stand for TVFreedom

Location:
American Community Television, 8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD, 21045, United States
Recommendation:
2

American Community Television -- which has been battling cable operators over public, educational, and government (PEG) channel placement -- has joined broadcasters in battling them over retransmission consent reforms.

Mayors Plug PEG Change

Location:
U.S. Conference of Mayors, 1620 Eye Street, Northwest, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
3

US Mayors want to take cable operators out of the equation when it comes to deciding how Public, Educational and Government (PEG) channels use their money, which comes from franchise fees.

Saving Community Access Television

Location:
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, 2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States
Recommendation:
2

While most of us are aware of community access television -- those cable channels that are reserved for local government and public access programming -- few people recognize what an important resource this is for communities throughout the nation.

The Comcast Way: First, Kill PEG Television

Location:
American Community Television, 8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD, 21045, United States
Recommendation:
3

Simultaneous to projecting itself as a corporation that has the public’s best interest at heart in order to push through approval of the merger of Comcast with Time Warner, Comcast is waging war on Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access television in America’s heartland.

Alliance for Community Media Hires Mike Wassenaar as New Public Policy Advocate

Location:
Alliance for Community Media, 4248 Park Glen Road, Minneapolis, MN, 55416, United States
Recommendation:
1

Mike Wassenaar has been chosen as the Public Policy Advocate for the Alliance for Community Media (ACM).

City Of LA Suing Time Warner Cable For Millions In Franchise Fees

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said that he’s going after Time Warner Cable in a nearly $10 million lawsuit alleging that Time Warner has refused to pay fees owed the city since 2011 while at the same time raking in billions in revenue.

Chicago: A Test of Comcast Merger Promises

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

CAN TV's future ability to serve the public will be determined by the outcome of the negotiations currently taking place between the City of Chicago and Comcast. It will be a clear indicator of Comcast's commitment to the local community, particularly with the Time Warner merger deal now in the pipeline.

Northampton Stands Up for Community Media

Location:
Northampton, MA, United States
Recommendation:
2

People lined up at a microphone in a community meeting room in Northampton (MA), to express their support for Northampton Community Television (NCTV).

Sens Baldwin and Markey Preserve Public Access to Local Television Channels, Ensure Diversity of Programming

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sens Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, legislation to ensure public access to local television programming.

NATOA Releases Blueprint for Localism in Communications

Location:
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), 3213 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 , United States
Recommendation:
2

We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is fundamentally changing the communications industry. The convergence of increased computing power and Internet Protocol is transforming traditional services like cable and voice into Internet applications and enabling a revolution in mobile communications.

CUNY TV Station Turns Over an Old Leaf, Transmitting by Air to Widen Its Reach

Location:
City University of New York (CUNY) TV, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10016, United States
Recommendation:
1

The rest of the television industry may be worrying about competition from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But the City University of New York’s television operation has started broadcasting the old-fashioned way — over the air.

The Role of Public Media in Our Democracy

Jun 27 2012 - 6:30pm - Jun 28 2012 - 5:00pm
Location:
The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, United States

With the decline of traditional journalism outlets, some public and independent media organizations are making significant strides in expanding news and information services to fill the gap. And public media is engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with compelling arts and culture programming, storytelling, civic discourse and much more. Even so, many public media outlets have been slow to adapt to changing technologies and market forces. Compounding these challenges, many public broadcasters are also straining under deep cuts in public funding. Against this backdrop we’ll examine philanthropy’s role in supporting innovations that are paving the way for a renewed public media sector, and sustaining the kind of public media system that our country and our democracy require.

Supporters hope bill can save public access TV

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

As state funding for community access TV operations continues to wither across the USA, supporters are looking hopefully at a bill before Congress that would help to restore their local government, education, cultural and other programming.

Why PEG and Community Access Television is a Media Justice Fight

Recommendation:
2

It’s important that local Community Access fights break out of their own isolation as being just “PEG or Community Access fights” but rather reframed as communication rights, media justice and social justice battles that can bring other influential key stakeholders to the table.

American Community Television: California Punts on PEG Accessibility

Location:
Sacramento, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Office of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) said it will wait for the Federal Communications Commission to weigh in on whether digital cable public access (PEG) channels are insufficiently accessible to the blind and deaf community.

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Looking Back at 2011

As the Benton Foundation closes out our 30th year as an organization dedicated to the ideal of media and telecommunications serving the public interest and enhancing our democracy, here are some thoughts on our major activities during these past twelve months.

A Grass-Roots Newscast Gives a Voice to Struggles

Location:
Democracy Now!, 207 W. 25th St, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
1

Operated as a nonprofit organization and distributed on a patchwork of stations, channels and Web sites, “Democracy Now!” is proudly independent, in that way appealing to hundreds of thousands of people who are skeptical of the news organizations that are owned by major media companies.

Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Cable Television Channels: Issues for Congress

Location:
Congressional Research Service, 101 Independence Avenue, SE Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 20540-7500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The environment for public, educational, and governmental (PEG) cable channels is being roiled by public policy and budgetary changes at the federal, state, and local levels and by technological changes in cable networks. More than 100 PEG access centers—which provide community groups and individuals free access to video production facilities and equipment, training, and programming time—have closed since 2005, and many more may close when provisions in recently enacted state laws that eliminate requirements for cable companies to provide funding support take effect. Many PEG access centers, however, continue to have stable funding sources.

Public Access Television On Way Back

Location:
Long Beach, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A three-year effort to revive public access television in Long Beach (California) should reach a successful conclusion, thanks to a grant secured by the Long Beach Community Foundation.

The Cable TV Access Crisis

Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The public-access crisis in California was brought about by the 2006 passage of the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act (DIVCA), a bill that was heavily lobbied for by Comcast and AT&T.

Bold Analysis, Weak Solution

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission has finally released its much anticipated report on the “Information Needs of Communities” (aka the “Future of Media Report”). On balance, the report disappoints. The report recognizes problems, but punts on concrete proposals to fix them and on the FCC’s general responsibility to promote a vibrant media system.

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