Category Archives: Media Ownership

Mergers, diversity of ownership, and multiple perspectives.

PUC Needs Consumer Advocates: Reappoint Sandoval

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

 

Update:  Sadly, Catherine was not re-nominated by Governor Jerry Brown. A big loss for California’s consumers.

Catherine Sandoval is one of the most qualified commissioners to ever serve on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The first person of Latino descent to serve on the agency in its 100-year history, she has been a determined public interest advocate and fighter for real people against the massive corporate interests the agency regulates.
Continue reading PUC Needs Consumer Advocates: Reappoint Sandoval

Facebooktwitter

18 Privacy Groups Say Hearings Must Include Them

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

 

18 prominent privacy groups (including Media Alliance) wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee objecting to hearings held on national privacy legislation that included absolutely no consumer or privacy rights advocates.

The letter states ” There is little point in asking industry groups how they would like to be regulated. ”

MultiChannel News Coverage

Consumer Privacy Expert Witnesses fin
Facebooktwitter

Spectrum Speculator LocusPoint Files Injunction To Stop Sale Of KCSM-TV

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

 

originally printed in the AFT Advocate

(The Media Alliance, at media-alliance.org, is a Bay Area democratic communications advocate. Tracy fought a lonely war to save KCSM-TV between 2011 and 2013.)

On October 24, LocusPoint Networks, a subsidiary of the Blackstone Group, the largest hedge firm in the world, filed an injunction to block the sale of KCSM-TV to KRCB/North Bay Public Media. The filing in San Mateo Superior Court can be read here. No date has been set yet for the injunction request to be heard. Continue reading Spectrum Speculator LocusPoint Files Injunction To Stop Sale Of KCSM-TV

Facebooktwitter

FCC Threatens Governmental and Public Channels

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

 

Trump’s FCC chair Ajit Pai is a busy guy.  Every month or two, a new piece of the precious little public interest media regulation we have left,  goes on the chopping block.

The current victims are governmental, educational and public channels given to local communities as a benefit for a monopoly on using the cable infrastructure.

The FCC’s proposed rules would let cable companies count in-kind benefits as payments towards franchise fees, basically taking a huge chunk out of the funds that pay for governmental and public access TV and forcing cities and counties to make up the difference out of their general funds, or reduce services.

Comcast doesn’t need a discount on the pitifully small amount they provide in public benefits in exchange for the rights of way.

So we need to say hell no.

File a comment here. Enter proceeding # 05-311.

Comment deadline closes on December 14.

Here are our comments

Media Alliance Reply Comments 05-311

Continue reading FCC Threatens Governmental and Public Channels

Facebooktwitter

FCC Defends UHF Discount Decision in Court

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

FCC Defends UHF Discount Decision in Court

by John Eggerton Broadcasting and Cable

The FCC has told a federal court that it was reasonable to reinstate the UHF discount immediately while it considers adjusting the national audience reach cap, that it has the authority to adjust that cap, and that the discount and the cap have to be considered together because the UHF discount is meaningless except in relation to the cap.

That came in an opening brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the challenge to its UHF decision filed by Free Press, Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ (UCC), Prometheus Radio Project, Media Mobilizing Project, Media Alliance, National Hispanic, Media Coalition, and Common Cause.  Continue reading FCC Defends UHF Discount Decision in Court

Facebooktwitter

Charter Deal Conditions Could Run Gamut From MFN Clauses to Rate Hike Caps

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

 

Communications Daily – August 17 2015

Charter Communications likely has headed off many broadband-related merger conditions by addressing them early on, experts said. But multiple broadband and cable matters likely will be brought up by and before regulators as Charter seeks approval to buy Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable,they said. Charter agreed “from the get-go” to some of the most obvious potential conditions—net neutrality and discounted broadband offerings to low-income populations—said Barry Orton, telecom professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That, plus that Charter, TWC and BHN don’t share a “bully” reputation with Comcast based on complaints about strong-arm tactics, indicates the deals could have a relatively easy time winning approval, especially compared with Comcast’s aborted attempt to buy TWC, industry officials said. Continue reading Charter Deal Conditions Could Run Gamut From MFN Clauses to Rate Hike Caps

Facebooktwitter