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RTM Analysis of King County's Comcast Franchise Renewal Plan

KING COUNTY FRANCHISE RENEWAL PROPOSAL ANALYSIS
PROPOSED ORDINANCE 2002-0556

Michael J. Weisman, JD
Reclaim the Media

This is a point-by-point analysis of King County proposed ordinance 2002-0556

I. Revised Staff Report dated December 15, 2003

Revenue Options to the County

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An Open Letter to the King County Council

[Jan Strout urges Councilmembers to slow down their fast-track attempt to extend Comcast's cable franchise, at the expense of the public's best interests. The Council plans to take this issue up again on Monday Dec. 15--there's still time to submit your own comments!]

To: dwight.pelz@metrokc.gov,

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UAW to pull the plug on liberal talk-radio network

by John Smyntek, Detroit Free Press

I. E. America Radio,the United Auto Workers-owned national radio network that was a multimillion-dollar attempt to offer liberal talk in a broadcast world dominated by conservatives, is going out of business early next year.

The Free Press learned Tuesday that

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Media Politics: A Necessary Autumn for the Seattle IMC

November 24 marked the quasi-official fourth anniversary of the Independent Media Center, the date of the first message posted to www.indymedia.org (now seattle.indymedia.org).

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Barnraising in Spokane: Fertile Season for Community Media

Media Politics: Autumn is Fertile for Community Media
by Jonathan Lawson

Just a year ago, in the days following Seattle's Reclaim the Media conference, low-power FM activist Pete Tridish of the Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project embarked on a short mini-tour of regional LPFM applicants.

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Anchorage's first DTV station shows entrepreneurial spirit

Summary:

Community radio pioneer Jeremy Lansman sees digital TV as just another DIY project.

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Study Reveals NAB and NPR Lied to Congress

The five-year policy battle over low-power community radio (LPFM) took an interesting turn this week, with the long-delayed release of a Congressionally-mandated study on LPFM interference. The study, ordered as part of the industry-supported Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000, is a powerful refutation of claims by the National Association of Broadcasters and National Public Radio, who had argued that low-power FM signals would interfere with higher-power comercial signals on adjacent frequencies. The study, completed months ago, was released this week only after a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequent complaints from LPFM advocates.

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Seattle Media await FCC decision

Area newspapers and broadcast stations could be affected

By Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Owners of the Seattle area's newspapers and broadcast stations will be watching closely Monday as the Federal Communications Commission considers relaxing or repealing the government's longstanding

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Buffalo follows Seattle and Philadelphia with Pro-Diversity Resolution

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF DIVERSITY IN MEDIA OWNERSHIIP

Sponsored by: NABET-CWA #51025
and The Buffalo Newspaper Guild CWA #31026

WHEREAS freedom of the press and broad public access to a diverse range of information through the media are prerequisites for a functioning democracy; they are the

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Comment: Retain the Cross-Ownership Ban

COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF RETAINING THE BAN ON LOCAL NEWSPAPER/BROADCAST CROSS-OWNERSHIP

Jonathan Lawson

before the Federal Communications Commission Field Hearing on Media Consolidation
Durham, North Carolina, March 31, 2003

Good afternoon. I

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey