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Tom Loucks gives tour of RCCA studioTour of RCCA studio closes great fall workshop

Nearly 37 people from 20 community media centers attended the October 24 Fall Workshop held in Wisconsin Rapids at River Cities Community Access Media. 

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RFC-TV logoRiver Falls Community TV gets noticed for 1-minute raps

River Falls Community Television is producing one-minute videos featuring city departments talking about a single issue like "Where do my property taxes go?" and "Parking meters for sale!"  The raps are catching a lot of attention in the social media world and have already been featured in the River Falls Journal and the Emerging Local Government Leaders site.  RFC-TV is using YouTube to distribute the timely shows.  Congratulations, RFC-TV!

 
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FCC logoCharter goes all-digital and access channels are now only in the 980s and 990s

In 2014 Charter Communications converted its hybrid analog systems to all-digital encrypted systems.  This change has a big impact on cable television subscribers in two ways:  1) All subscribers will now need to lease a box/device to receive any programming from Charter; and 2) Community access channels will no longer be carried in an analog format in the 90s.  Subscribers will find them in the 980s or 990s only.  In Superior, you'll find the access channels in the 180s.

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Want to complain about cable TV? Contact the State
Since 2008, the State of Wisconsin is in charge of cable television regulation. Wisconsin cities no longer have any jurisdiction. Oversight of video providers is now split between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Department of Financial Institutions.  The state is funneling all complaints through DATCP and will forward complaints as appropriate to DFI.

 

DATCP Consumer Complaint Website

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Drive, P.O. Box 8911
Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8911, (608) 224-5012
 
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Time Warner customers to become Charter subscribers; Comcast subscribers in the Twin Cities to become GreatLand customers

As expected, Comcast is leaving the Twin Cities area. A new company involving Charter is being created to take over these properties.  When the Comcast-Time Warner merger is complete and Charter buys out the Time Warner properties, the company involving Charter called “SpinCo” or “Midwest Cable LLC” will be known as GreatLand Connections, Inc. 

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Darling, Riedel, and Bishop Wester receive 2014 WCM Awards

The Most Reverend John Charles Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City and American Community Television Executive Director Bunnie Riedel have both received the 2014 Friend of Access Award. 

The Communications Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which Bishop Wester chairs, and ACT are leading efforts to pass the Community Access Preservation Act, a bill that would among other things restore dedicated funding for public, education, and government access centers in Wisconsin. 

Connie Darling, former director of Fitchburg – FACT will be inducted into the WCM Hall of Fame.  Darling managed the City of Fitchburg community access television center for over twenty years prior to her retirement in 2010. 

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