House Commerce Committee seeks comments on PEG and other media by Friday
The House Energy & Commerce Committee recently released a white paper, its sixth, on the history of broadcast law and regulation -- and the "newer" video options: cable, satellite, and over-the-top television. The committee is looking at revising the laws governing these areas, and at the end of the paper, the public is invited to comment on a list of questions. Comments are due this Friday, January 23.
Of interest to viewers and producers of community media is this often asked question, "Cable systems are required to provide access to their distribution platform in a variety of ways, including program access, leased access channels, and PEG channels. Are these provisions warranted in the era of the Internet?"
WCM's Public Policy Committee is developing a brief letter in response to this question. Sometimes a point is best illustrated with a story. If you have a story or a specific point you think important to bring up in these comments, please call Mary at 608-215-5594 or email me at email@example.com.
Best of the Midwest Video Fest closes with record breaking number of entries!
WCM is very excited to announce that participation in the fest was bigger than ever this year. Community television producers working through 34 media centers from Ames, Iowa to Wisconsin Rapids entered the Fest. Shows came from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. We have 14 judging sites ready to go! Participants will learn how they did soon after Thursday, March 5.
Important Fest & Conference Dates:
Deadline for entries: Friday, January 16, 2015 TelVue video upload deadline: Monday, January 19, 2015 January 30 - February 18: Entries are judged. Thursday, March 5: Award notifications are mailed Friday March 27: Deadline for Fest participants to order plaques, statuettes, and extra certificates Thursday, April 8: Hotel registration deadline (set by Hilton City Center, Milwaukee) Friday, April 17: Conference registration deadline (Members pay a late fee) Thursday, April 30: The Video Fest Show begins at 5:00 pm with a reception!
Thursday & Friday April 30 & May 1 ACM-Midwest - WCM Spring Conference!
Tour 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. The day opened with remarks from Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zachary Vruwink and ended with a tour of RCCA’s new studio that features cool LED lights that manager Tom Loucks has secured to booms on dollies and pipes affixed to walls.
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.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection 2811 Agriculture Drive, P.O. Box 8911 Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8911, (608) 224-5012
Charter 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.