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Fall Workshop program set!

Join us for our 2014 Fall Workshop to be held at River Cities Community Access Media on Friday, October 24!  Our theme:  "Reaching Higher -- Developing Professional Community Productions."  Whether you're a seasoned professional or a community volunteer, you'll get a lot out of the day! 


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River 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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Want to complain about cable TV? Contact the State.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Drive, P.O. Box 8911
Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8911, (608) 224-5012


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.

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FCC logoCharter + all-digital + encryption + cable box = FCC Rules

Over the last several weeks and into the summer, Charter Communications is converting its hybrid analog system to an all-digital encrypted system.  This change will have a big impact on many consumers of cable television 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.


The Federal Communications Commission ruled in October of 2012 that video providers could encrypt all-digital systems.  This means all programming on all-digital systems is scrambled making cable company-provided cable boxes or CableCARD devices necessary to view programming. Cable companies are allowed to charge consumers for the lease of these boxes and devices.  However...

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Monday, April 28, 2014 01:07 PM

Time Warner customers to become Charter subscribers

As many have predicted, to prepare for the merger with Time Warner, Comcast is selling the Time Warner properties it would own in Wisconsin to Charter.  The swap will help keep Comcast's subscriber numbers under 30% -- a number the FCC suggested in a case some years ago in order to prevent monopolistic practices.  Here are a few articles from today covering the buy:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Comcast to sell Milwaukee-area Time Warner Cable systems to Charter

The Verge:  Comcast sells 1.4 million customers to Charter ahead of Time Warner Cable merger

Time.com: Comcast to give up millions of users to grease Time Warner cable deal

Bloomberg: Comcast, Charter said to near pact on Time Warner Cable Assets (January 27)

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