it to city hall or Charter will take your TV stations from you
negotiates Russian-style: Will accept 100% of everything
Daily Sparks Tribune 9-5-2008 / Barbwire Update 9-7-2008
Reid ready to join legal action against Charter Cable
Harry Reid says he is prepared to join the City of Renos lawsuit
to force Charter Cable to keep public access stations on the analog tier.
station will convert to four digital channels, and across the nation
consumer groups are organizing to block the moves to the premium tier.
|PLEADING FOR A VOICE Bunchie Tyler, local president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, addresses the Reno City Council on Aug. 14. "I have shows where we have saved people's lives. We do a show of what's called erasing the stigma of mental illness," she said. Tyler and her organization have produced a community access program for the past 15 years. Listening, from left, are Reno City Clerk Lynnette Jones, councilmembers David Aiazzi, Jessica Sferrazza and Pierre Hascheff, city manager Charles McNeely and Mayor Bob Cashell. Tyler's plea echoed the words of Sacramento Community Access Television Executive Director Ron Cooper, who said "the message of television is 'you are inadequate. If your voice, your face, your color, your issue do not appear on television, you don't matter.' " Cooper made his remarks to the Sierra Nevada Community Access Television (SNCAT) founding board in 1991. Nothing has changed.|
WASHOE, CARSON AND DOUGLAS CABLE CUSTOMERS URGED TO CONTACT LOCAL OFFICIALS
Aug. 25, 2008 A
consumer organization is urging northwestern Nevada cable TV ratepayers
and program producers to ask their local governments to defend them against
Charter Communications' attempt to destroy community television stations.
Late Friday, the Reno City
Council agreed to delay legal action against Charter in exchange for the
cable monopoly's commitment not to banish public, educational and government
(PEG) television channels to the high-cost, low-audience digital tier.
The Sparks City Council meets
today (Aug. 25) at 3:00 p.m. The Washoe County Commission meets Tuesday,
Aug. 26, at 2:00 p.m. The Carson City Board of Supervisors meets on Sept.
4 at 8:00 a.m. The Douglas County Commission meets on Sept. 4 at 1:00
p.m. (The Reno City Council has agendized an update at its meeting beginning
at 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 27, item J.12.)
Late last week, Nevada State Assembly Majority Leader John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, ordered a bill draft from the Legislative Counsel Bureau in Carson City, purportedly to modify the vaguely-worded 2007 law which Charter is using to justify its channel shuffle. (BDR [Bill Draft Request] No. 278, Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor; Revises provisions governing PEG access channels; 8/20/2008)
A Reno native raised in Fallon
and now North Las Vegas assistant fire chief, Oceguera acted at the behest
of his colleagues Bernie Anderson and Debbie Smith, both
D-Sparks, and David Bobzien and Sheila Leslie, both D-Reno.
Oceguera's commerce committee counterpart in the upper house, Sen.
Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, personally contacted Charter executives.
Former Nevada Public Utilities
Commission attorney Neil Grad and paralegal Tom Hudson have
volunteered their services, but assistance is needed to cover costs and
Charter has not responded.
we sank to this sorry state of affairs
bandidos admit to their greed
people vs. Charter's pirate ship
is never having to say you're sorry
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