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CA Public Utilities Commission Buries Net Neutrality Vote
September 25th, 2014
Hours before a scheduled vote to authorize the California Public Utilities Commission to weigh in on the federal network neutrality debate and share the overwhelming opinions of Californians that the Internet should be re-classified as a public utility, the item was suddenly withdrawn from Thursday's meeting agenda for undisclosed reasons.

65 Groups Send Letter Objecting to Comcast-Time Warner Merger
August 25th, 2014
Sixty-five organizations representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy-reform advocates called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to reject the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC is currently reviewing the deal to determine whether it serves the public interest.

CPUC Setting Cable Franchising Rules
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
June 26th, 2014
The CA Public Utilities Commission is Debating Cable Franchising Rules

ABC Wins ABC vs Aereo Case at the Supreme Court
by Adam LiptakNew York Times
June 23rd, 2014
Update 6/25. Supreme Court rules in ABC's favor 6-3, disabling the startup Aereo.

National Lawyers Guild Announces Webinars for Lawyers to Help Low Power Radio Applicants
by Tracy RosenbergTruthout
The National Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic Communications Announces Webinars for Lawyers to Help Low Power Radio Applicants

50 Public Interest Groups Say No To Comcast/Time Warner Merger
Free Press
The anti-competitive and anti-consumer cable merger between Comcast and Time Warner was objected to by 50 public interest organizations across the country.

Merger Mania: Comcast Wants To Buy Time Warner
The Hill
February 17th, 2014
The nation's two biggest cable companies want to merge in a deal that looks to have grave consequences for competition and consumer choice in telecommunications.

Washington Post Owner Bezos Signs 600 Million Dollar Contract To Store CIA Data
by Breaking The SetRussia Today
The sole owner of the Washington Post, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has partnered with the CIA as a vendor to store CIA data in the cloud.

Digital TV Transition in Chile Threatens Community Media ... and Soccer
by Andrew BakerSantiago Times
November 18th, 2013
Law which requires TV channels to go digital has been labeled unconstitutional, catastrophic for community channels and even a threat to Chile’s soccer team.

Packed House Greets FCC Chair Tom Wheeler in Oakland
New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was greeted with a packed house and heard from 25 Bay Area social justice and media change leaders on the evening of January 9th.

Low-Power Window: It's Really Really November 14th
October 18th, 2013
Update 10/18: Post Government Shutdown chaos, it's looking like the filing window is "now" until about November 14th. At least that is today's version. Stay tuned.

KCSM-TV:Blackstone To Control The Sale of 5th Largest Public TV Station in CA
August 19th, 2013
An MA public records request reveals that Blackstone Group subsidiary Locuspoint Networks has the absolute right to force a sale to any bidder of California's 5th largest public TV station if FCC spectrum auction does not ensue in 4 years, including for example, a christian chain broadcaster.

Cell Phone Unlocking
by Derek KhannaThe Hill
Cell Phone unlocking is another issue that unites leftwingers with some libertarian sectors. In addition to the civil liberties issues, cell phone unlocking has real benefits for low-income communities to have access to higher-grade devices.

SMCCD Board Liquidates KCSM-TV
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
May 18th, 2013
On Wednesday May 15th, three San Mateo Community College board trustees approved an unseen contract with Locuspoint Networks, a 99%-owned subsidiary of hedge firm The Blackstone Group, to liquidate the 48-year-old noncommercial TV station KCSM in a spectrum auction.

Censored KCSM-TV Bids Released by Community College District
May 11th, 2013
In response to MA's public records request, censored bid information was released by KCSM-TV's owner, the San Mateo Community College District.

Low-Power Radio: No Urban Blackout Zones
MA filed these comments with the FCC on March 8th asking for the commission to consider lower watt service in urban markets where the band is too crowded to allow significant low power service for residents including: San Jose, Detroit, and New York City.

KCSM-TV To Be Sold Off to Notorious Blackstone Group
The San Mateo Community College District announced plans to liquidate peninsula public television in partnership with the Blackstone Group hedge fund.

KGO Evening News on Low-Power Radio
KGO Evening News
The KGO Evening News featured a story on low-power radio, Common Frequency and Media Alliance. Watch the Video!

California's 5th Largest Public TV Station May be Scrapped for Wireless Spectrum
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
Update 4/27: Despite a legal letter sent earlier this month, the San Mateo Community College District refuses to release information on the bidding process to either Media Alliance or the Palo Alto Daily Post, which also submitted a public records request. The District stated it was not in their "interests" to release information to the academic community, station members and the public about the fate of the station. The District has identified a "top bidder", believed to be Locus Point Networks http://locuspointnetworks.com/, a for-profit wireless company, and does not appear to be engaging in negotiations with other bidders, who include Free Speech TV co-founder John Schwartz and several other community groups. The District declared it's hope to cash in on a spectrum auction at previous board meetings, which means an end to public television broadcasting and seems poised to do exactly that, despite letters of protest by state senator Leland Yee and congressperson Anna Eshoo. Please come to the next board meeting on May 15th at 6:00pm at 3401 CSM Drive in San Mateo (near Belmont Canyon). We'll try to arrange car pools if needed. You can write to the trustees at trustees@smccd.edu or use the link below. Profiteering off the destruction of public media is wrong and the District has several bidders willing to pay millions of dollars for the privilege of operating the station. This is nothing more than simple greed and the abdication of public service and accountability to stakeholders for the survival of a 48-year old public asset.

Al-Jazeera Purchases Current TV: Plans Launch of "Al-Jazeera America"
by Rory O'ConnorMedia Channel
Al-Jazeera, the Qatari news channel whose coverage of Arab Spring electrified the world, and then whose coverage in Bahrain and Syria appalled the world, in an example of the challenges faced by government-owned media outlets, has purchased Current TV for the price of 500 million dollars, purchasing the carriage on cable systems that they were otherwise unable to secure.

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