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Comments By amalia deloney: FCC Open Internet Roundtable

Good afternoon.

Let me start by thanking everyone who is the room today. I also know there are hundreds of community leaders watching online from Voices for Internet Freedom, including the Media Action Grassroots Network, Presente.Org, ColorofChange, 18MRising, National Hispanic Media Coalition and Free Press. Thank you for your hard work on the ground, leading the fight, and reminding everyone that this conversation is both inadequate and incomplete if it doesn’t leave the Beltway.

MAG-Net Speaks: Net Neutrality Federal Communications Commission Filing

July 15, 2014

Ms. Marlene H. Dortch
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

Re: Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28; Framework for Broadband Internet Service, GN Docket No 10-127; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51; State of Wireless Competition, WT Docket No. 13-135; Broadband Industry Practices, WC Docket No. 07-52.

elizaBeth Simpson: Our Experiences-- The Experts in the Room

If we are to develop responsive theories that reflect and meet the urgent call for intervention that at times is a dull ache and at others is siren-loud, we have to start with our bodies, our lives, our experiences. What does surveillance look like? How do we recognize it? 

Edyael Casaperalta: Speak Your Piece- Life in the Slow Lane

Crossposted from the Daily Yonder

Please don’t break the Internet before rural America gets it.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week the Federal Communications Commission will consider “new rules on Internet traffic that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes.”

Lyell Davis: Grassroots Perspectives on Media Justice Organizing

Below is an excerpt from a journal article written by Lyell Davis, from the Radical History Review.

Building a National Media Justice Movement: An Interview with Betty Yu, Membership Organizer, Media Action Grassroots Network, the Center for Media Justice

WATCH NOW: Big Data and Communities of Color

On March 14th the Open Technology Initiative and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights hosted a discussion about the impact of Big Data on communities of color. Panelists presented a set of civil and human rights principles of which Center for Media Justice, representing MAG-Net as part of the Civil Rights Table was involved in crafting. Below you'll find additional information about the event as well as participants.


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How will new, innovative technologies benefit all individuals and help alleviate social and economic inequalities? As the urge to collect and categorize vast quantities of data about our digital behavior becomes more widespread, big data presents new opportunities and profound challenges for individuals' civil liberties and civil rights, and especially for communities of color, women, and other historically disadvantaged groups.

Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data/Principios de los Derechos Civiles para la Era de la Gran Información

Technological progress should bring greater safety, economic opportunity, and convenience to everyone. And the collection of new types of data is essential for documenting persistent inequality and discrimination. At the same time, as new technologies allow companies and government to gain greater insight into our lives, it is vitally important that these technologies be designed and used in ways that respect the values of equal opportunity and equal justice. We aim to:

Q & A: People's Press Project

1) Briefly introduce the work of the Peoples Press Project and describe the region you're located in, Fargo-Moorhead.

The People’s Press Project (also known as PPP) was created as a new organization in April 2010 to address the lack of media access and equity in rural ND and MN. The PPP is located in Moorhead on the Border of Minnesota and North Dakota in the region known as the Fargo-Moorhead (F-M) community. Although this area is considered to be the largest metropolitan community between Minneapolis, MN and Spokane WA, we are still considered a rural community (F-M) metro area, which is uniquely positioned to have great impact to activate and engage community in media access and justice issues in this region. PPP received its nonprofit status from the IRS in May of 2012.  

The PPP is Fargo-Moorhead’s only non-profit dedicated to empowering the community to become savvy media creators and consumers, rather than merely being consumers. We stand for the development and proliferation of Independent Media and the creation of new community based journalists to inform the community of the real news by the people and for the people. We do this through training, access to equipment and strategic opportunities to develop media through independent news sources, social networks and through the web. The PPP trains people in media skills which increase access to media for the public and teaches people about their communication rights and empowers them to exercise them.

2) What is the state of the media and communications infrastructure in Fargo-Moorhead? Who owns and controls the local media? Are there community and independent media outlets?

Quick Look at Local Media Consolidation in the F-M Area Media. 1 daily newspaper, 6 weekly newspapers, 4 Network TV stations and 27 FM Radio Stations. The Majority of this Media is owned by 4 Major Corporations and only one is local company.

Of the 6 weekly newspapers, two are independent and cater mostly to business and the arts. Cable Access Television has very limited government programming however lacks any real access for the community to produce media because there are not any studios designed for the community to have access to. 

There are several LPFM stations that focus on college student constituencies as well as Christian based programming but really have no outreach to help train people to create and broadcast their own content. The local PBS affiliate has a North Dakota statewide radio station, however does not broadcast in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Given the limited access to the few forms of independent and locally created media, there are also few opportunities for the community to be involved in producing their own media in the Fargo-Moorhead region.

3) PPP applied for a Low Power FM Radio License and got it! Congrats!  Why did you all decide to apply?

We knew there was a problem with media access in our region for a long time. We actually started the PPP after trainings and workshops with  Consumer’s Union where we were first connected to Malkia Cyril from Center for Media Justice and Joel Kelsey (formerly with CU and later with Free Press), who pointed us toward exciting new developments in community radio and the Prometheus Radio Project. We were excited to tackle the issue of media justice and access in our Fargo-Moorhead region so as soon as we got back home we organized and started the PPP. 

We began by doing research of the local media landscape and campaigns and collaborations to increase access to equipment, training on media use, and outreach to inform the community of where access issues are a problem. Then, when Prometheus announced that the application process was finally in place, we continued our work in media access outreach by providing trainings on how to apply for a low power FM station license in the community and online in webinars. Finally, as we prepared and filed our own application for a license, we held community planning meetings to get people involved in in its development.

4a) What is your vision for this radio station and who will it benefit? (b) Are there plans to take on other programs in addition to radio production?

(a) The low power radio station (KPPP-LP 88.1 FM) will be located in Fargo and has an anticipated reach of 2-5 miles. This coverage gives our radio station the potential to reach over 156,000 people in the FM community every single day. The station’s focus, as the slogan says is to “Add local color to your airwaves”. And that is exactly what KPPP-LP will do. This means that you will finally be able to hear community radio that takes into account all audiences in the FM, including immigrant communities, communities of color, low income people, nonprofits, community groups, faith groups, organizations and students.  All community involvement will involve free training in broadcasting, radio show programming, computer skills and internet training. Business management will also be an area where station constituents will learn marketing, fundraising and proponents of business management and the radio broadcast and media industry.

The educational program and individual skill development by PPP will be utilized through the radio station to create equity in communication/media/information for all members of the community to equally share in the community’s development.  PPP’s training programs will be enhanced and furthered through the operation of the radio station.   

The development and use of radio production and programming will result in the immediate impact of an engaged community and the benefits of communication rights and multi-media access/skills to traditionally disenfranchised communities (immigrants, new Americans, communities of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, youth, blue collar and working poor, rural communities, single parent households, homeless, elderly, etc.), as well as students, nonprofits, small businesses, churches and faith groups, artists, and new journalists.  Having a radio station combined with the training program will have a great beneficial impact on the community by putting community members in the driver’s seat of their own media production.

Tracy Rosenberg: Mergers Lock in the Status Quo

The San Francisco Bay Area is often seen across the country as a “blue” outpost and a place where liberal ideas predominate. This image is especially widespread in media reports which emphasize cultural and political innovations. But the local media system which indulges in the self-congratulatory blather is itself a retrograde example of corporate consolidation and dominance. More like Texas than Vermont, if you like.

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