Posts Tagged ‘PEG’

PCTV’s G-20 Footage

October 7, 2009

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What is the G-20?

G-20: How it Affected Pittsburgh

G-20: Impact on Pittsburgh

G-20 Demonstrations—Highlights

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

Help Us SAVE ACCESS in Pittsburgh!

June 30, 2009

Talking Points for Meetings and Letters to the City:
CABLE FRANCHISE PROCESS WITH VERIZON AND RENEWAL WITH COMCAST: BIG OPPORTUNITIES OR A HUGE LOSS TO THE CITY

  • Cable franchise process can assure state of the art communications services are provided in ALL areas of Pittsburgh, by both Verizon and Comcast.
  • Can help assure that Nonprofit Organizations, Neighborhood and Citizen Groups, and Schools have the ability to effectively use Media to accomplish their goals.
  • Federal and State laws allow the City to negotiate agreements that include channels, equipment, facilities and services for use by the public and nonprofit organizations.

o In exchange for letting Verizon and Comcast make hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 10 years through these cable franchise agreements.

  • In 2008, City asked PCTV to conduct a needs assessment to determine what should be in a franchise with Verizon, and in a renewal franchise with Comcast.
  • PCTV hired a highly experienced consulting firm to conduct the needs assessment and provided it to the City. It included:

o Telephone survey

o Community meetings and focus group sessions

o On-Line Survey

o Three huge reports documenting public input

  • Needs Assessment indicated that there is VERY strong support and interest in PEG access channels and having a Community Media Center.
  • Updated equipment, facilities, and training are needed to create and expand local Pittsburgh programs for the PEG access channels.
  • PCTV should be funded to evolve into a modern Community Media Center that:

o Provides technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and community groups;

o Takes video and digital media services and equipment into underserved neighborhoods;

o Provides media literacy training to youth and others; and

o Adapts to changes in media technology and culture

  • Verizon and Comcast should provide expanded channel capacity, funding, and support for public and educational access to significantly improve the existing PCTV facilities, equipment and services, which are currently INADEQUATE to meet current and future community needs.