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October 4 Fall Workshop is a Legislative Day at the Capitol

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Wisconsin Community Media is hosting its first-ever Legislative Day as part of its 2017 Fall Workshop at Madison CityChannel on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

To encourage everyone who supports community television to attend, we have reduced the fee to register to $25 for all attendees, members and non-members alike.

Every person who attends is encouraged to meet with their legislators or their staff members.  WCM is eager to help our members make appointments for October 4 between the hours of 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., but you can also just stop by legislative offices without an appointment.  We will be helping everyone who participates to prepare for these meetings.

In the morning, we are pleased to announce that Rep. Gary Hebl (D - Sun Prairie) and Curt Witynski, Assistant Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities will be on a panel discussing "Effective Advocacy and Community Television."  The morning program also includes a review of current state law and more detail about WCM's legislative priorities.

The day won't be all politics.  Besides meeting with your legislator and talking about your media center and WCM's legislative priorities, we have set up tours of Madison CityChannel, WisconsinEye studios, and the Madison Public Library Media Lab.  All of these facilities are located just a couple blocks from the capitol.  We also plan to leave time for you to talk with other media centers in your WCM region.  To see a complete agenda for the day, see the 2017 Fall Workshop Brochure.

Why have a Legislative Day this year?  WCM is working with legislators to introduce legislation that would update the way community television is handled on cable television systems.  We have three legislative priorities that are explained in our one-page Update Community TV summary:

  • Require video providers to include Community TV program listings in the Electronic Program Guide (EPG),
  • Require video providers to upgrade Community TV channels to HD (or similar) so they can be viewed with the same quality reception as other channels on the lineup, and
  • Provide local governments with the option to assess a 0.25% fee on the video portion of cable bills to raise funds for Community TV capital expenses.

Wisconsin Community Media invites you to contact Mary Cardona, Executive Director to learn more about our legislative priorities and the October 4 Fall Workshop and Legislative Day.