Regardless of what happens at the FCC and state level, proactive Towns with healthy municipal leadership can work with our PEG Media experts to develop a business plan that will not only enable the existence of viable PEG channels for your residents to access, but also create enormous economic development enhancements and sustainable community outreach and engagement methods.
SVTV/CMMA will be hosting a number of public forums and community meetings throughout Central Maine beginning in 2019 regarding this.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to offer support to Senator Woodsome regarding the upcoming non-discrimination Maine State Bill that will protect residents and municipalities from cable company’s unethical practices.
What this video leaves out is that the cable companies will also be able to begin charging municipalities for the infrastructure they place to deliver cable/internet/broadband/etc services to the municipality, which the cable company gets to determine what the cost for such services is. This means cable companies could charge way above and beyond existing franchise fees and operational funding. We hope municipalities take note of this and begin supporting PEG Media and advocating for their municipality’s regulatory control of municipal rights of ways before its too late. This type of corporate control being enacted by the FCC on behalf of cable companies can financially cripple towns reliant on franchise fee funding, and will compromise the more than 70 stations across Maine that are relying solely on franchise fees to operate.
CMMA has proposals for towns that will enable stations to thrive with or without franchise fees. Contact us for more information.
This video reveals details about Spectrum tactics that are negatively impacting not only cable subscribers but also manipulating Municipalities out of billions of dollars:
Out In Left Field – Tony Vigue – Corporate Cable Coup from SPC-TV on Vimeo.
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 email@example.com.
Community television and PEG Media are vital to municipalities and regions!
Podcast #166 – The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media
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.
Important Interview with Senator Woodsome and Tony Vigue!!! For more than 30 years your community television stations have been on the lower numbered channels (typically 1-20) Spectrum/Charter is taking your channel and slamming it up to the 1300s. Find out about Legislation that is going forth to prevent this unethical corporate bullying.
Saco River Chronicles: Tony Vigue & State Senator David Woodsome from srctv on Vimeo.
Thanks to our cousin station out of Saco for sharing this interview!
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.