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Local Blog: Drinking Liberally

  • Posted on: 17 May 2006
  • By: sean

This week we are promoting another blog from an oganization with a local branch here in Cambridge. Drinking Liberally is a social group dedicated to promoting democracy "one pint at a time." This description comes directly from their web site at

"An informal, inclusive progressive drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. Bars are democratic spaces - you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space - build democracy one drink at a time."

You will find content from them and others as we continue to highlight local blogs and podcasts. To read more from Drinking Liberally, click here.

Save the Date for This Important Conference!

  • Posted on: 16 May 2006
  • By: Susan

Alliance for Community Media International Conference
July 5-8 in Boston

The Alliance for Community Media will hold its annual interntional conference in Boston in early July. Representing over 1,000 Public, Educational, and Governmental access stations, the ACM advances “democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media.”

Take Action TODAY!

  • Posted on: 24 April 2006
  • By: Susan

We have been keeping you apprised of the bills in Congress that threaten local franchising (the means by which CCTV receives its funding), network neutrality (allowing telecom corporations to limit bandwidth for its competitors) and support redlining (allowing telecom providers to pick and choose which neighborhoods they will serve).

One such bill, the Communications Opportunity, Promotions and Enhancement Act of 2006 (COPE) is making it’s way from the Telecommunications subcommittee of the House into the Commerce Committee TOMORROW. We are asking that you sign one of the internet petitions RIGHT NOW to help us try to stop this bill from getting any further.

The issue of network neutrality has the potential of changing the open nature of the internet. For example, in April, Time Warner’s AOL blocked all emails that mentioned — an advocacy campaign opposing the company’s pay-to-send e-mail scheme. Even Google is concerned, as a telecom corporation could provide faster speed to a competitive search engine.

You can read more about this bill here:

Free Press and Move On are circulating these petitions. Please sign them TODAY:

Representative Marty Walz to Discuss the New State Health Care Law

  • Posted on: 1 April 2006
  • By: Susan

On Monday May 22 at 2pm in the CCTV studio, State Representative Marty Walz will give a briefing for the Central Square Business Assocaition community about the new State health care reform law. She will focus on how the law affects both businesses and their employees, and will discuss what business owners can do to prepare for its implementation. In addition to representing Central Square and other parts of Boston and Cambridge in the State House, Representative Walz is also an employment law specialist with the firm Littler Mendelson.

"A Song for Us" CRLS video for your iPod

Once again, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students experienced a taste of the music industry through their studies at CRLS High School in Cambridge, MA. Music students, starting from scratch and using school digital music workstations, went through each of the steps required to write, perform and produce their original single entitled "A Song For Us" and eventually publish their own CD using the resources of the school's music program.

Is CCTV Important to You? Send Comments to the FCC

  • Posted on: 25 January 2006
  • By: Susan

The FCC is soliciting comments on a proposal that would allow telephone companies and other video service providers to skip seeking local agreements with cities and towns before they can do business. These agreements, called franchises, are what currently protect the funding and channels for public, educational, and governmental access. We are asking our supporters to file comments with the FCC by February 13th!

Here’s how to do it: If you are a CCTV member, write some brief comments about your relationship to CCTV. Describe what you do here and how important it is to you. If you are a viewer, describe how important local public (Channels 9, 10, and 22), educational (Channels 98 and 99), and governmental (Channel 8) access channels are to your community. In either case, explain that you are concerned that CCTV and local channels will be threatened if video service providers are not required to negotiate directly with cities and towns.

Once you have prepared your comments, click here to file them. You will be asked to fill out a cover sheet; the Proceeding Number is 05-311. After filling out the cover sheet, you can go to the bottom of the form and paste in your comments. Please also email your comments to and to (this is the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors).

If you would like to read a letter sent by a long time community media figure and CCTV staff member, John Donovan has published his comments for you to read as well. If you want assistance writing your comments or help with the online form, come to CCTV we can walk you through this at the public kiosk computers or in computerCENTRAL.