• San Francisco
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• Time Warner
Defend Local Access
Local authority to protect cable access is at risk in state legislatures. Free Press is tracking where and how.
Comcast is the nation's largest cable provider. Make sure they're held accountable to community values.
Community Cable Cookbook
An introduction to local cable franchises from the Center for Digital Democracy.
CABLE CODE OF CONDUCT
Local communities should hold cable providers accountable on issues such as pricing, service and competition, open access, labor rights, independent production and public access programming. How does your cable company measure up to our code of conduct? Read the document and add your endorsement!
›› Learn more and take action!
Right now the Federal Communications Commission is considering rule changes that would allow big cable monopolies to get even bigger, giving them unchecked power to raise your rates, restrict your internet, dictate which channels you receive, and limit local programming.
The FCC needs to hear from you--click the link above to tell them how you feel. Don't let the cable industry be the only voice heard.
CURRENT CONCERNS/TAKE ACTION
Take Action for Community Media Infrastructure!
Comcast and Time Warner's joint purchase of Adelphia poses serious threats to community TV and democratic accountability over cable services. Public interest groups are uniting in opposition to the transfer, which depends on local as well as federal government approvals. At the same time, largest cable companies are lobbying the FCC to lift sensible cable ownership caps, and rid themselves of local accountability. We need to push back at the national level as well as in our local communities. Find out more and take action today!
A Cable and Broadband Primer
Cable--including broadband Internet service--is the next battleground for democratic media, but the regulatory and legal issues surrounding cable are often thorny and complex. We've created this brief guide to help local journalists and cable consumers understand the issues from business, labor, consumer and citizen perspectives. Download now: flat or booklet format)
The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey
• Help San Francisco restore funding for public access in its Comcast franchise.
• Seattle wants city negotiators to demand a better deal from Comcast.
• Chicago residents can take a survey (online/pdf) about their cable needs.
• Philadelphia is working to hold Comcast accountable to community residents in the company's hometown.
• Consumer Rights
• Worker Rights
• Community TV
• Broadband Internet
• Community Obligations
Communities around the country are helping each other win better cable service and greater public benefits from cable service. If you're organizing in your community, we invite you to join our network as we share knowledge and resources, and build community power. Find out more!