The implications of what is rapidly taking place at both the national and state levels requires urgent attention. The threats are not only to PEG Stations, but also to municipalities regulatory control of municipal rights of ways.
Here is a link to a brief 2-minute interview and article with a PEG station in a nearby state. https://www.mynbc5.com/article/new-fcc-rule-could-cut-funding-for-public-television-stations/25400372
This video reveals details about Spectrum tactics that are negatively impacting not only cable subscribers but also manipulating Municipalities out of billions of dollars:
How can you help? There are several ways residents can get involved! First, visit your local access station to learn more about how they serve the community. Second, reach out to your Senator & House Rep. ask if they know about the PEG Non-Discrimination Bill. If they do not, please tell them what you know and that they can get more information from the bill Sponsor, Senator David Woodsome at David.Woodsome@legislature.maine.gov. Or, if they want to speak with someone from the Community Television Association of Maine, and one of the original drafters of this bill, they can contact Tony Vigue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community television and PEG Media are vital to municipalities and regions!
Podcast on Radio Survivor by Martin Jones and Sabrina Roach’s covering “The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media” and details many of the ways PEG Media is essential to communities.
All Station Managers, Producers, Town Managers and Elected Officials are invited to attend this important event at the South Portland Community Television station. CTAM will address Maine’s non-discrimination bill to protect residents and municipalities. Also, presenters will shed light on the national legislation to further deregulate the cable industry which threatens traditional municipal regulatory control of your town’s communication networks and could put an end to franchise fees.
The Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM) will be presenting a workshop at the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) Autumn Convention at the Augusta Civic Center on October 3rd, 10:45am-12:00pm. The expert panel is comprised Tony Vigue, former president of CTAM; Michael Edgecomb, cable franchise and broadband consultant with the James W. Sewall Company; and “Twinkle” Marie Manning, Director of Development of the Central Maine Media Alliance (CMMA). The presentation is designed answer questions about the function and future of community television and PEG Media. Panelists will guide municipal officials through The Cable Franchise Renewal Process, discuss Maine’s upcoming non-discrimination legislative bill and address the new Federal legislation that the FCC is pushing forth to further deregulate cable and threatens traditional municipal regulatory control of individual town’s communication networks.
PLEASE SHARE THE POSTER BELOW AND INVITE ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND MUNICIPAL REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT WORKSHOP.
Our amazing colleagues (Moe, Cynthia and Nathan) at South Portland TV created this video for the Community Television Association of Maine about the upcoming Legislative Bill so that all Maine stations and media centers could share it with residents in their locales.
Stay tuned for details about the Maine Municipal Association’s Autumn Convention as three CTAM members, including CMMA’s own Director of Development “Twinkle” Marie Manning will be making presentations on the Franchise Renewal Process as well as providing information about the Legislative Bill.