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Supporting community members, free speech, public, education and government (PEG) access in Michigan!
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Choking access, support

Choking access, support | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
A perennial attempt to eliminate cable television franchise fees has sprouted at the Statehouse. If approved, House Bill 1432 would strip cities and towns of much-needed dollars used for public safety and more.
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"If approved, House Bill 1432 would strip cities and towns of much-needed dollars used for public safety and more. It also would cut the cord on public access television, according to the chairman of the state’s Alliance for Community Media chapter." 

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Timeline Photos | Facebook

Timeline Photos | Facebook | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
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Join us for the annual MAB - Michigan Association of Broadcastersjoint luncheon with Michigan National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 along with State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, State Rep. Bill LaVoy, Attorney Tim Lundgren with Varnum who represented Detroit in the Comcast suit & Convergent Media Designs, LLC.

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Call for Proposals: Alliance for Community Media 2013 Conference | NAMAC

Call for Proposals: Alliance for Community Media 2013 Conference | NAMAC | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

The Alliance for Community Media is requesting proposals for workshops & sessions to be held at the Annual Conference in San Francisco, May 29 to 31, 2013.

For this year's Conference, ACM is partnering with the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB). Both ACM and NFCB serve constituents providing critical local news, programming and information to the communities they serve. The conferences will provide attendees the opportunity to participate in select joint plenary sessions and workshops.

--- more at original post http://namac.org/member-activity/alliance-community-media-san-francisco-2013-conference-national-federation-community-broadcasters ---


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San Diego County CA: Digital-Only PEG Channels | Cox Communications

San Diego County CA: Digital-Only PEG Channels | Cox Communications | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

Effective December 13, 2012, the public, education and government access (PEG) channels in San Diego County will be available in digital format only. Customers who don’t already have Cox digital service will be able to continue viewing PEG channels with a digital receiver, CableCARD, or TV with a built-in digital tuner.

The majority of Cox customers has digital services and will not be impacted. Those who do not already have a digital receiver, CableCARD or TV with a built-in digital tuner can take advantage of a special offer that Cox has created that includes one free digital receiver for one year, which includes access to Music Choice channels, thousands of On Demand titles, and an interactive programming guide.

--- more at original post http://ww2.cox.com/myconnection/sandiego/community/editorial11.cox?campcode=fif_1_pegchange ---


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Public access TV a community forum

The Michiana area finally has its own local public access television channel after nearly five years being off the air. This has been made possible as a result of the dedication and efforts of a...
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Support Public, Educational & Government Access Television

Support Public, Educational & Government Access Television | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access television is our local community television stations and is important to the community. For that reason, we ask that Congress pass the Community Access Preservation Act or CAP Act. ...
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Verizon Airwave Purchase Unites Wireless and Cable

Verizon Airwave Purchase Unites Wireless and Cable | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
A little-noticed result of Verizon’s $3.9 billion airwave purchase is that cable companies can now use the carrier’s retail presence to sell cable packaged with phone and wireless service.
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Senior Advisor Positive Behaviour for Learning

Senior Advisor Positive Behaviour for Learning | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Senior Advisor Positive Behaviour for Learning: Fixed term to June 2013. At the Ministry of Education we are com...
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Snyder - Video: Michigan's 2012 Ballot Initiatives

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan - Governor Snyder speaks out about the initiatives on the Michigan ballot.
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Protect your voting rights in Michigan

Click the link to know what you must bring to vote in Michigan! Some state laws have changed, FYI! 

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Midland MI: Two giants of community television -- one national, one local -- will be missed | Ron Beacom, Midland Daily News

Midland MI: Two giants of community television -- one national, one local -- will be missed | Ron Beacom, Midland Daily News | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Midland Community Television and the larger world of community media are mourning the loss of two legends. Edith Doil, a volunteer at MCTV since the late 1980s, died in July. She was 95.

 

George Stoney, considered by many to be the "father" of public access television, died in Manhattan at the age of 96.

 

Edith kept very busy at MCTV until she suffered some significant health problems at age 88. She produced shows for the MidMichigan Medical Center, the Midland County Historical Society, Judges Jim Wilson and Tom Beale, and music programs. Edith volunteered in MCTV's studio, at City Hall, and sometimes ran graphics at sporting events. Her videos were shown on the City of Midland's cable access channels.

 

--- more at original post http://www.ourmidland.com/story_prep/article_6bb2447a-6fa0-5da0-902a-ada9144a684c.html ---


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Angry Michigan Residents Fight Uneven Battle Against Pipeline Project on Their Land | InsideClimate News

Angry Michigan Residents Fight Uneven Battle Against Pipeline Project on Their Land | InsideClimate News | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

A 2010 oil pipeline spill contaminated Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Now the line is being replaced, raising the ire of landowners along the route.


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89-year-old Michigan Beekeeper May Lose his Hives After Neighbor Complaints

89-year-old Michigan Beekeeper May Lose his Hives After Neighbor Complaints | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Beekeeper, and World War II veteran, is at risk of losing his beehives he's had since the 1950s.

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FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down | Free Press

FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down | Free Press | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will announce on Friday that he will step down from his position as head of the agency.

Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:

"When Julius Genachowski took office, there were high hopes that he would use his powerful position to promote the public interest. But instead of acting as the people's champion, he’s catered to corporate interests. His tenure has been marked by wavering and caving rather than the strong leadership so needed at this crucial agency.

“Though President Obama promised his FCC chairman would not continue the Bush administration’s failed media ownership policies, Genachowski offered the exact same broken ideas that Bush’s two chairmen pushed. He never faced the public and ignored the overwhelming opposition to his plans.

“Genachowski claimed broadband was his agency's top priority, but he stood by as prices rose and competition dwindled. He claimed to be a staunch defender of the open Internet, but his Net Neutrality policies are full of loopholes and offer no guarantee that the FCC will be able to protect consumers from corporate abuse in the future.

"While there were a few bright moments during the Genachowski years — including the agency’s opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and the push for more online transparency from broadcasters — the chairman squandered many more opportunities at critical junctures.

“We urge President Obama to nominate a successor who will enact policies that foster real competition, protect diversity and amplify local voices.”

--- original post at http://www.freepress.net/press-release/103103/fcc-chairman-genachowski-step-down ---

 

 


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PEG Access Selects New Chair and Staff

PEG Access Selects New Chair and Staff | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Your source for news, politics, government and local information across the state of New York.
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"Tonight, it was announced that the City has hired not one but two coordinators of the PEG Television Station and neither one of them is Jim Miller. They are the two Js…Joe Alindato and Justin Halstead."

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Monroe MI: Monroe public cable TV board names interim director | Toledo Blade

The board of directors of Monroe Public Access Cable Television Inc. has appointed Milward Beaudry as interim director. He replaces William LaVoy, who resigned to take a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

--- more at original post http://www.toledoblade.com/TV-Radio/2012/12/17/Monroe-public-cable-TV-board-names-interim-director.html ---


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Lansing MI: Cable stations drop government TV station; some content to be online | Kathleen Grey, Detroit Free Press

Lansing MI: Cable stations drop government TV station; some content to be online | Kathleen Grey, Detroit Free Press | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

MGTV -- the cable television station that has broadcast the machinations of state government since 1996 -- will go dark by mid-January.

The service, provided by five of the state's largest cable television providers, will be transferred to the state's Technology, Management and Budget department and will be available only online.

"The decision comes from the cable companies," said Kurt Weise, spokesman for management and budget. "There didn't seem to be demand to keep the channel in their lineup."

The cable companies approached the state to drop the service, and the state agreed that the Web-only component would be an acceptable replacement. The transfer of programming will be picked up by existing state employees and won't add to the state's budget, Weise said.

But some of the programming offered by MGTV will be lost, including broadcasts of events related to state politics and policy sponsored by the Economic Club of Detroit and the Michigan Black Caucus; policy forums by Central Michigan, Michigan State and Grand Valley State universities, and events at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

--- more at original post http://www.freep.com/article/20121219/NEWS15/312190078/Cable-stations-drop-government-TV-station-some-content-to-be-online?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Michigan+news ---


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PADNET Brings Public Access TV Back To Long Beach

PADNET Brings Public Access TV Back To Long Beach | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Public access television in Long Beach has risen from the ashes and is back on the air.
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West Michigan Underwater Preserve officially recognized by state to promote, protect shipwrecks

West Michigan Underwater Preserve officially recognized by state to promote, protect shipwrecks | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
A local group, including many avid scuba divers, has been advocating for the proposed West Michigan preserve for the last few years.

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Jaxon Film Fest

Jaxon Film Fest | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

The Jaxon Film Fest is September 29th, 2012, at the historic Michigan Theatre, 124 North Mechanic Street, with other activities taking place throughout the city of Jackson. 

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Bringing National Awareness to Local Programming | HOMtv :: Meridian Township, Michigan

Bringing National Awareness to Local Programming | HOMtv :: Meridian Township, Michigan | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
HOMTV is Meridian Township's award-winning government channel. Broadcasting exclusive gavel to gavel coverage of township meetings and community news on Comcast analog Cable Channel 21 and Comcast digital Channel 915.
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Detropia: Filmmakers Behind New Detroit Doc Talk Recession, Recovery and ... - TIME

Detropia: Filmmakers Behind New Detroit Doc Talk Recession, Recovery and ... - TIME | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
TIMEDetropia: Filmmakers Behind New Detroit Doc Talk Recession, Recovery and ...TIMEMaking a documentary always involves a certain amount of luck.

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Holland Farmers Market News: September 14, 2012

Holland Farmers Market News: September 14, 2012 | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

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State of Michigan Travel Blog | Pure Michigan Blog

State of Michigan Travel Blog | Pure Michigan Blog | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it
Find fun things to do in Michigan at the state's official travel blog, from great day trips & seasonal events to family activities & local treasures.
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Do It Yourself and Save: Open-Source Revolution is Driving Down the Cost of Doing Science | Michigan Tech News

Do It Yourself and Save: Open-Source Revolution is Driving Down the Cost of Doing Science | Michigan Tech News | Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media | Scoop.it

Three converging forces, all open source, are behind this sea change, he explains in an article in the Sept. 13 issue of Science: software, 3D printers and microcontrollers. With these tools, researchers from all over the world are driving down the cost of doing science by making their own lab equipment.


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