|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opinions of Californians that the Internet should be re-classified as a public utility, the item was suddenly withdrawn from Thursday's meeting agenda for undisclosed reasons.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.
|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 Khanna, The 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 Rosenberg, Media 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.
|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.
|California's 5th Largest Public TV Station May be Scrapped for Wireless Spectrum|
by Tracy Rosenberg, Media 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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'Connor, Media 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.