Monday, September 22, 2008

Thank you letter to the Alliance for Community Media, and Congressman Maurice Hinchey

To: "ACM Forum"
Subject: Thanks to members of ACM, and Cong. Hinchey

Regarding last week's hearings (9/17) before
the House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Financial Services and General Government
on PEG-TV issues...

(Note: video is below)

Just a quick thank you note,
to members of Congress, and the
Alliance for Community Media,

for clearly bringing to the floor
the issue of communities who presently do not have
access to PEG channel capacity, or local origination studio facilities or

I would especially like to thank Congressman Maurice Hinchey
of the 22nd District of NY (and members of his staff
Namrata and Kristen) for introducing the problems
we have in Binghamton into the floor and the Congressional Record,

to Barbara Popovic of CAN-TV/ACM, for introducing the
idea of amending the law to provide for "minimum standards",
and pledging her support,

and especially to Michael Max Knobbe of Bronxnet/ACM,
not only for giving this issue floor-time during the Q+A, and
also pledging support, but also for your personal outreach to me,
both in inviting me to Washington, and involving me in the process
of crafting testimony.

*I am very grateful to you all*, as well as everyone from the ACM
whom I met, including Jim Horwood, Helen Soule, and new friend
-- and a hero of mine! -- Gloria Tristani.

I am now VERY confident the ACM is on the right track,
and cares about making sure *everyone* has access to
PEG channel capacity and production facilities.

With my next paycheck, I will be joining the ACM,
and I look forward to working with you all in the future.

Kindest Regards,
Bill Huston

Bill Huston
Binghamton NY
607-321-7846 c

email: WilliamAHuston at gmail

Here is the video:
Please watch segments 11, 15, and 17.

segment 11: Congressman Hinchey asks about cities w/o access,
Monica Desai (FCC Media Bureau Chief) says Congress can make access manditory,
Barbara Popovic (Chicago Access Network/ACM) advocates for "minimum standards"

segment 15, segment 17: Michael Max Knobbe (Bronxnet/ACM) advocates for universal access.

Here are my photos:

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