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Public Access Under Attack

(This article originally appeared on the Web site of Arlington Independent Media.) In the last few years, Indiana has lost many of its public access television stations and with them the locally produced programs that once served its communities. No … Continue reading

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Bill Olson on “Threat to Access”

The man who wrote The History of Public Access Television says that history may be coming to an end. Here’s his take on the three-way dance between access, government, and telecommunication companies that may spell the death of this beautiful, … Continue reading

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Is H.R. 5252 dead?

Well, things are moving fast now that the votes have been counted. According to Gerry Lederer, counsel to the Law Firm of Miller & Van Eaton: [The Nov. 7, 2006] election probably marked the end of Bell company-sponsored national franchise … Continue reading

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H.R. 5252: Bad for public access TV

There’s a bill in congress that’s bad news for public access television–H.R. 5252, also known as the Telecommunications and Opportunity Reform (ATOR) Act. It threatens the funding to public access stations across the U.S., though you might not realize it … Continue reading

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NYT Covers PEG Legislation

This New York Times article does a good job of recapping the debate surrounding the legislation that would effect public access (free registration required).

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History of Public Access II

Turns out the Museum of Broadcast Communications has also posted a history of public access television–this one by Douglas Kellner. Covers much of the same ground as Bob Olson’s piece, but more concisely. 

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Tracking H.R. 3146

Did you know that you could go to govtrack.us and get an RSS feed that tells you about recent actions on a particular bill in the U.S. Congress? For instance, here’s an RSS feed on H.R. 3146.

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Virginia PEG Legislation

A couple of bills floating around the Virginia General Assembly would have a negative impact on PEG in the Old Dominion: the Video Infrastructure Development Bill (SB 1337) and the Video Infrastructure Development and Competition Act of 2005 (HB 2534). … Continue reading

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History of Public Access

Someone named Bob Bill Olson has posted a nice History of Public Access television. I found it interesting that between 1972 and 1979, the federal government required cable companies to provide access channels in larger markets. From 1979 on, the … Continue reading

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