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Media centers bring people together

In its letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, WCM talked about how "media centers bring people together from diverse backgrounds" and "provide open access to local and state government."

The House of Representatives committee is looking at revisiting the Communications Act in light of all of the new video platforms available to consumers.  In it's 6th white paper, the House asked the public to answer some questions it posed, one of which dealt with whether or not PEG channels were needed in the era of the Internet.  As anyone who has produced a show can testify, it takes more than an upload to produce a show! 

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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.   

 

 
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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 WCM/ACM-Midwest Spring Conference!

 
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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. 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. 

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Cable TV complaints go to 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 Online Telecommunications Complaint Form

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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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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