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URGENT: Submit Public Comments in Support of Local Franchising and Community Access TV to the FCC.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (NPRM) on telecommunications franchising. This is a very important issue for supporters of Community Access TV (Public Access, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) TV). At the moment it is local "franchises" negotiated between local communities/municipalities and the Cable TV companies which allocate the resources and channel space used by Community Access TV. However in recent months a variety of legislation has been introduced in Washington that would dismantle these local franchises and could, in the process, destroy Community Access TV. A strong ruling in support of local franchising by the FCC could play an important role in swaying Washington legislation towards supporting local franchising and supporting Community Access TV. Send your comments to the FCC NOW! (Deadline 13th Feb)

There are different ways of sending your comments...

1. INDIVIDUAL: If you are individual community member or the representative of a community based organization go to  http://mnn.org/saveaccess/nprmhowto.html to submit your comments. Your brief comments should address themes such as the importance of Community Access TV, localism in the media, and the importance of the public having access to the airwaves (full instructions are available at this website).

2. COMMUNITY MEDIA ACCESS ORGANIZATIONS: If you are the representative of a Community Access TV station that is a member of the Alliance For Community Media you should file your comments at  http://alliancecm.org/.

3. LOCAL FRANCHISING AUTHORITIES: The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors are supporting comments by their members at www.natoa.org. And members of the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties and US Conference of Mayors have put out a call for local elected officials to join their efforts. Got to:  http://www.nlc.org/content/Files/PFRFranchisingLawOverviewFinal.pdf

FILE YOUR COMMENTS BEFORE February 13th 2006. To see the comments others have already posted go to:  link to gullfoss2.fcc.gov

In past the FCC has been fairly responsive the public comments, and, as illustrated by the outpouring of public opposition to media monopolies a couple of years ago, public comments can play a role in ensuring that the FCC rules in ways that serve the public good.

For more information about current legislation that could impact Community Access TV go to: www.mnn.org/saveaccess/

Local Northwest links 07.Feb.2006 08:55

Jim Lockhart

Local link for information on this subject.
FONT COLOR="#6633cc">Portland Community Media

Also, another group out of Seattle.
Free Prees

Try Again 07.Feb.2006 16:02


In too much of a hurry this morning on the way to work. Here's the URL's again:

www.pcmtv.org for Portland Community Media, and

www.freepress.net for Free Press; hit the Defend Local Access button on the left side of the page.

Corporate Control Of The Internet And Airwaves 09.Feb.2006 11:00

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

I came across this article that seemed to discuss some of the same thread of ideas.
That the FCC and Corporate Media are imposing changes to control the 'airwaves' to allow more profits and to cater service to the big spenders first and foremost ...thus kicking down the leftovers to the rest of us joe anybody's.

The Comcast and Phone companies are quietly jockeying to "privatize" the industry, thus giving "them" complete control...Our Government should be watching these greedy crooks and working to serve the citizens interests by bringing communities affordable media access and not just serving the interests of the big corporations in this greedy industry.

Seems like the subject doesn't get much coverage

The link is here -->
 link to www.alternet.org

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