Posts Tagged ‘city council’

Final Vote Sept 15th

September 10, 2009

Quick update about the Verizon Cable Franchise Agreement:

Yesterday during their Standing Committees Meeting, City Council gave tentative approval to the current Verizon franchise agreement (3 for the agreement, 4 abstentions, 2 not present). Pittsburgh Community Television is asking for your help in this process one last time.

Before City Council approves this contract, it needs to take PCTV concerns into consideration and work to resolve them. In order to do this, we need to make sure PCTV remains on the top of their priority list. You can help by contacting your city council representative by phone or e-mail (even if you’ve done so already) and giving them the same message we have been relaying to them for weeks: Pittsburgh Community Television is important to me and the community; give Pittsburgh and PCTV the best deal possible in this franchise agreement.

We are almost at the end of this Verizon process, and we thank you for all of your support.

District 1 Darlene M. Harris
darlene.harris@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2135

District 2 Theresa Kail-Smith
theresa.kail-smith@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-8963

District 3 Bruce Kraus
bruce.kraus@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2130

District 4 James Motznik
jim.motznik@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2131

District 5 Doug Shields
doug.shields@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-8965

District 6 Tonya Payne
tonya.payne@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2134

District 7 Patrick Dowd
patrick.dowd@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2140

District 8 William Peduto
william.peduto@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2133

District 9 Pastor Ricky Burgess
ricky.burgess@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2137

It’s Not Over Yet

September 1, 2009

A HUGE thank you to all of our supporters who were able to make it to the City-County Building for the public hearing!!

Over 90 people registered to speak in front of city council for the hearing that lasted about 4 1/2 hours. Even though a lot of those people had to leave before their names were called, PCTV had a strong presence in the room–about 70 of the registered speakers were PCTV supporters who shared stories about the impact of the station on the community, demanded more funding and resources, and stressed the importance of their 1st Amendment rights and a level playing field to express themselves. The battle, as they say, was certainly a victory for Pittsburgh Community Television but we have not yet won the war. City Council still has to vote yea or nay on the agreement within 30 days, though due to the city government’s preoccupation with the G-20, the vote could be cast as early as next week.

We still need your help in order to influence city council to vote AGAINST the current Verizon Franchise Agreement. We urge you to contact your city council representative and let them know that the provisions in the current agreement are inadequate to meet the needs of Pittsburgh Community Television for the next 10 years.

The turn-out and eloquence of yesterday certainly made an impact on some council members’ thoughts toward our station, but some will need more persuasion to even consider voting against this agreement. Click here (or here) for a list of the city council members and their contact information, and, as always, if you have any questions for PCTV you can reach us at 412-322-7570. The future of Pittsburgh Community Television is in your hands!

Related news articles:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Verizon tells City Council it will open center for FiOS customers
WDUQ: Public Hearing held in City on Verizon Cable Agreement

Your Support is Needed TODAY!

August 20, 2009

On August 31st, a public hearing regarding the Verizon Franchise Agreement will be taking place at the City of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building. That’s only about a week and a half away, and we need to let city council know how much support Pittsburgh Community Television has in this city. In the tentative franchise agreement with Verizon there are provisions for public access television that are INADEQUATE to serve the needs of PCTV for the next 10 years. I set up a page on the blog called “Verizon Franchise Agreement Guide” that includes comparison charts, talking points, and ways you can impact the outcome of the upcoming franchise agreement. If you have any other questions about aspects of the franchise not included on that page, give us a call at 412-322-7570 or send me an e-mail (christie@pctv21.org).

Want to let city council know that the current franchise agreement is unsatisfactory? Give your city council member a call or send them an e-mail TODAY. Let them know how important Pittsburgh Community Television is to you and your community. Also, attend and register to speak at the August 31st (1:00pm) public hearing. We need your support! The future of Pittsburgh Community Television depends on it.

Public Hearing Update

July 23, 2009

Quick update:

The Public Hearing for the Verizon Franchise Agreement is now on Monday, August 31st at 1:00pm in the Council Chambers of the City-County Building (5th floor). If you would like to speak at this meeting, call the city clerk’s office before August 31st and give them your name.

The City Clerk’s Office phone number is (412) 255-2138.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on August 31st!

CANCELED: July 29th Public Hearing

July 21, 2009

We just found out that next week’s Public Hearing regarding the Verizon Franchise Agreement has been canceled. I will immediately post the new date when it is rescheduled.

Tomorrow the city will be hosting a Post Agenda Hearing about the franchise agreement, during which speakers who are experts in the subject will discuss the topic at hand. We would like to establish a presence at the hearing, so we invite friends of PCTV to join us in attendance. Please keep in mind that only the guests invited by the city council will be permitted to speak at this hearing. The details include the following:

Wed. July 22, 2009; 1:00 pm
Council Chambers
 (5th floor of the City-County Building in Pittsburgh [414 Grant Street])

We hope you can make it downtown tomorrow. Thank you for your support!

Public Hearing and a New Exec Director

July 20, 2009

July has certainly been a busy month so far, and PCTV has two more important items to share with you:

  1. A Public Hearing has been scheduled regarding the Verizon Franchise Agreement. We URGE you to come and show your support for Pittsburgh Community TV. Your attendance is very important! It will take place on Wednesday, July 29th at 1:30pm in the Council Chambers on the 5th floor of the City-County Building in Pittsburgh (414 Grant Street). We’ll keep you updated on any more information we receive about the hearing, including how people may register to speak.
  2. Some very exciting news: PCTV is pleased to announce the hiring of a new executive director! His name is John Patterson, and he comes to Pittsburgh from California with experience in running a public access station and in arts and media management. Click here for the full press release.

Thank you for your support!

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Community Producers, We Need You!

June 30, 2009

From Gladys Jelks, Acting Director, concerning the franchise renewal process:

ACTION ALERT!

To:  All PCTV Community Producers, Guests, Viewers and Friends
Re:  Franchise Renewal Update:

Q:  When do we need to mobilize on behalf of PCTV and franchise renewal?”
A:  The time is NOW!

We learned late on Friday afternoon that the Mayor’s Office and Verizon had “finalized” the key terms of the franchise agreement with Verizon.  We are VERY concerned that those negotiations may seriously shortchange Pittsburgh nonprofit organizations and residents with regard to public and educational access. While we do not have certainty about the specifics of the “key terms” of the Verizon franchise, preliminary information indicates that franchise may fall short of meeting the public expectations as documented in the Needs Assessment.  We’ve also been told that the City wants to rush this franchise to approval prior to the summer recess.  This could be an enormous long term loss to Pittsburgh nonprofit groups, community producers, and residents!  However, the agreement has not been etched in stone.  Your participation at this critical time is vital in letting the City Council and Mayor’s office know the vision, value and need for community media in Pittsburgh.

How you can help: 

  • Get guests who have appeared on your show to contact the council and mayor as well.  

We have prepared several things to make it easy for you to write your letter/email and have a meeting with the Council members and Mayor.  They include a one-page “Talking Points for Meetings and Letters to City” and a short bulleted document called “Impact of Franchise Agreement between Verizon and the City”.  The Impact document provides a short bullet list of what needs to be included in any franchise between Verizon and the City or between Comcast and the City.

We will also keep you posted if a public hearing is scheduled on the franchise renewal process.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in keeping community media alive in Pittsburgh.

Please act NOW!

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Note: I’ll be adding the “Talking Points for Meetings and Letters to City” in the next blog post, but if you’d like a copy of the “Impact of Franchise Agreement between Verizon and the City”, send an e-mail to christie@pctv21.org.