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. Everything this experiment in democracy has at its core:
building community through the production of ideas, opinions, stories, news,
information and/or performance as local television while valuing free speech,
individual expression and diversity remains a vital part of sustaining
democratic communities. There is no comparable network of organizations
dedicated to being of, by and for the voice of the people. As an experiment, it
has a range of successes and models of implementation that represents the
diversity of America. As a network, it has shared principles, values and
support that keep it from being rudderless among the many opportunities for
voices to be enabled by worldwide connectivity.
If the Internet is ubiquitous and free to all in the near future, will the following personal aspects of local television still be desirable?
1.Comfortable watching of content from a living room recliner; 2.Same viewing experience shared by neighbors; 3.Community projects bringing folks together to tell community stories; 4.Commercial‐free viewing; 5.Local media that is not controlled by media corporations, self‐appointed power brokers or self‐interested corporations
Community Access Centers and large media corporations extend content availability to viewers via the Internet; but Community Access is not the delivery system. It is the content important to the shut‐in who cannot attend church, commuter who cannot attend a public meeting, child proud of their report seen by everyone in town, immigrant 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 Media Center is prepared to be the hub.
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.
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