Congress is reviewing what
stays, goes or may be modified in the Telcom Act of 1996. In an Internet
connected world, can or should Community Access Television as we know it, be
sustained? Yes and No.
If the Internet is ubiquitous and free to all in the near future, will the following personal aspects of local television still be desirable?
Community Access is the delivery system for hyperlocal content: content important to the shut‐in who cannot attend church, commuter who cannot attend a public meeting, a child proud of their report shared with everyone in town, immigrants learning a new language, new homeowner learning about his/her community. It is people agreeing and disagreeing about what makes a difference to them locally where they still have the potential to influence outcomes.
Yes, the Internet should change Community Access TV by being another tool for delivery. What it cannot be or replace is the potential to gather, teach, discuss and share what is local based on the reasonable needs and qualities of a community. Hundreds of volunteers and organizations are connected through a viable Community Media System. Youth can discover, learn and experiment; and elders can stay connected in what would hopefully be a community hub that is more vital today because what can be created as TV can be shared as Social Media and distributed additionally via the Internet. Locally WPAA-TV and Community Media Center is prepared to be that hub.
Our core program is creation of citizen media from idea to execution as TV content.
Everyone who walks through the door has different levels of prior training in video production and storytelling ranging from none to some college credit and aspiring filmmakers.
Staff schedules one-on-one time to help each prospective producer reach some level of confidence with the tools and execution of their individual plan. In 2014 this program was expanded to include the project MC deployed at #w06492. This initiative was underwritten with a Veteran Fellowship through Mission Continues.org. Select nonprofits got production support that exceeds our normal capacity. In 2015 this initiative was transformed to “Continuing the Mission” within the operating budget.
Number of programs produced as reported annuallyto the Dept. Of Public Utilities. In 2012, Total 21 trainees and 167 hrs. All Projects completed.Number of articles in local paper.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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