Lying Media Bastards

July 29, 2006

For the Penn Crowd

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For all you media activists in Pittsburgh/Pennsylvania:

Media and Democracy Workshop in Pittsburgh!

The folks at Prometheus Radio Project (who are known for helping low power community radio stations get off the ground and for suing the FCC to put the breaks on even greater corporate consolidation of the media) are going on a state-wide roadshow to tell Pennsylvanians about the possibilities of community wireless networks and how they play a role in bigger media and democracy issues.

Community wireless internet is a hot issue in Pennsylvania. Act 183, recently passed by the state legislature, is supposed to guarantee every home in our state with access to high-speed internet. However, the law is flimsy in that it leaves loopholes for Verizon and other involved telecommunications companies to back out easily. The Prometheus Radio Projects WIRELESS SPECTACULAR teach you how to get community-controlled wireless internet, as well as gearing you up for upcoming legislative battles involving community wifi, low-power FM, and other media/democracy issues (all falling under the umbrella of what is called ’spectrum reform.’)

In most towns across Pennsylvania, companies like Clear Channel, Tribune CO. and General Electric own the newspapers, television stations, and radio stations your family relies on every day. Why don’t we hear local news, music, or culture on our media anymore? Because these companies don’t find it profitable! And this year, the Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate the broadcast media system so that your local daily newspaper can own TV stations, radio stations, and more in your town. Find out how to protect local content, and tell the FCC that deregulation is bad for our communities.

Prometheus will have up-to-the-second information on cable franchising, Municipal and Community Wireless, the looming deregulation of corporate Media Ownership, and the Future of the Internet, from allies across the state and the diverse national groups of the Media and Democracy Coalition. We’ll also have video, audio, and photographs showing how communities across PA, the country, and the world are building their own media solutions.

This event will be held Thursday August 10th, at 7:30 at Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall, Adamson Wing, room 136A. located next to Frew Street and the CMU Hunt Library.

Pittsburgh Independent Media Center 412 923 3000

Posted by Jake on July 29, 2006 9:45 pm

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