How to file a comment to the FCC on Net Neutrality Before August 15th

What is the Friends of Community Media group?

FCM is a group of your neighbors that promotes community-based media including the Internet, who educate citizens on the media, and who want media to be responsive to the public-interest in their coverage.

FCM is currently very worried about that a very few large corporations and money-people want to do away with Internet protections gained under the Obama Administration. This is known as “net neutrality” – or an open-Internet for all.

What do the money-people want to do to the Internet?

Under the Trump Administration, the danger is that a few money-people and large corporations want to make you pay more to access the Internet at a reasonable speed, and probably control what you see or don’t see.  They use the name, “The Restoring Internet Freedom” rule where their use of the word “freedom” is really a smokescreen for turning the Internet over to moneyed interests and enacting Internet censorship.

 What can ordinary people like us do?

Join the resistance by letting your voice be heard at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by August 15th with comments on what has been posted on the issue.  Almost 10 million already commented to the FCC – most are against dismantling net neutrality – and others are bots from large corporations that are in favor of the new rules.

What can I do and what should I write?

Friends of Community Media already prepared and filed an extensive rebuttal to the new rules on July 17th in a comment to the Federal Communications Commission.  When sending in your comments, refer to our comment to the FCC which shows up as:

By August 15th send your comments on FCM’s comment to:

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings

The link to the entire text of FCM’s comments is here:

https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10718681816260/FCC%2017-60A1.pdf

FCM pro-net neutrality filing with the FCC

On Monday 7/17/17 Friends of Community Media filed a comment with the FCC protesting the abolishing of net neutrality regulations.  Doing away with these rules, would give major media companies unprecedented authority to raise Internet service providers fees, and power to censor content on an open-Internet.  Many thanks to Amy, Gordon, and Spencer for the work they put in to do this!

For a full text of the FCM document, here is the link:

https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10718681816260/FCC%2017-60A1.pdf

 

Net-Neutrality Forum

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                Contact:  Spencer Graves  (408) 655-4567

 

FORUM ON NET NEUTRALITY EFFORTS TO TAKE PLACE IN ON SATURDAY

            Kansas City, July 10, 2017 – On Saturday July 15th, Friends of Community Media (FCM) will convene the first of a series of forums on the media at 2:30 PM in the annex-room at 39th and Main (rear door) in Kansas City.  This meeting includes a panel with open-media advocate Spencer Graves and (tentatively) Ernesto Falcon, an attorney and Legislative Council with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a citizen’s advocacy group specializing in Internet law, and possibly others.  Bring your concerns and questions.

This forum will discuss the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump Administration to reverse the 2015 Open Internet rules with a “Notice of proposed rulemaking 17-60A1 on Restoring Internet Freedom”:  Trump’s FCC wants to restore the freedom of telecoms like Comcast to censor your internet usage, destroying net neutrality.  The “data” justifying this change were cherry-picked, according to the New York Times, FCC Commissioner Clyburn and others.

Recent polls by Mozilla and Civis Analytica found that 76 and 77 percent of Americas support net neutrality. [1]

The forum will encourage citizens and groups to send comments on this proposed change to the FCC before their July 17 deadline and to your representatives in the US House and Senate.  Perhaps the easiest way to do this is via “BattleForTheNet.com”.

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Friends of Community Media is a Kansas City nonprofit group working to enable citizens to create their own media and influence existing media.  FCM promotes diversity both in media ownership and diversity in views that media portray to the public.

[1]      Sam Gustin, “Most Americans Support the Net Neutrality Rules that Trump’s FCC Wants to Kill”, Motherboard, July 10, 2017.

Upcoming events

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 15th FCM Forum on Net Neutrality – at 39th & Main – KKFI Annex Room 2:30 – 4:00

July 20th FCM/KKFI Broadcast ascertainment forum – KKFI Annex Room

 August 5th FCM Net Neutrality Forum 2 – KKFI Annex Room 2:30 – 4:00

September – FCM Forum – War on the Media – To be announced

Next FCM meeting

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Next FCM meeting will be Saturday 6/10/17 at the KKFI annex, 39th and Main, Noon.
 
Gordon suggested a by-laws change to remove the staggered terms and term limits for the time being, since we are a small group .  This will be the second reading of the proposed change at this meeting, and be voted on, on June 10th.  Text of the proposed change is available on this FCM website. 
 
Craig  has agreed to work on a wholesale change of all the by-laws and a meeting to discuss this will happen soon.  However, we will do the second reading of the by-laws change and vote on it.  We have 10 voting members to enact a change, and a quorum of members according to the current by-laws must be met.
 
Agenda items welcome
Items included so far:
 
Progress on planning for a late June event “War on the Media” will be discussed.  
 
We will also set up a calendar on the website which Spencer can maintain, and a media news blog which Craig has offered to maintain.
 
-=Tom Crane=-

FCM By-laws change proposal

Due to the current size of the organization and the difficulties in managing the membership of the board, Gordon pointed out that the current Friends of Community Media by-laws should be amended. Currently Article VI, Section 2 reads

“Sec. 2.  The board of directors shall consist of no less than five and no more than eleven directors.   At the regularly scheduled membership meeting taking place immediately before the annual meeting the number of board members to be elected for that year will be determined by a vote of the members.  All directors shall be elected by the  membership, and a majority of the members of the board shall be elected from the membership.  In each odd numbered year, half plus one of the members of the board shall be elected, with the remainder of the board being elected in the following even numbered year. Each member of the board of directors shall serve for a term of two years, and may be elected to no more than two consecutive terms.”

A motion is in order to remove the following lines from Article VI, Section 2 of the Friends of Community Media By-laws enacted on 3/28/07.

“In each odd numbered year, half plus one of the members of the board shall be elected, with the remainder of the board being elected in the following even numbered year. Each member of the board of directors shall serve for a term of two years, and may be elected to no more than two consecutive terms.” 

The complete Article VI, Section 2 of the Friends of Community Media By-laws would now read,

“Sec. 2.  The board of directors shall consist of no less than five and no more than eleven directors.   At the regularly scheduled membership meeting taking place immediately before the annual meeting the number of board members to be elected for that year will be determined by a vote of the members.  All directors shall be elected by the  membership, and a majority of the members of the board shall be elected from the membership.”

Ascertainment at KKFI 4/20/17

Community ascertainment at KKFI – all welcome
 
Just a reminder of what MC Richardson has been working on to make our organizations more inclusive. This would be a good chance to explain and learn why media awareness and reform are important. Attached is a flyer we will pass out as well an updated FCM fact sheet.
 
I’d encourage anyone that can, to attend.
 
-=Tom Crane=-
 
The news release is below:
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2017
Contact Person – M.C. Richardson
Coordinator and Consultant
Mobile (816) 694-2273
KKFI 90.1 FM COMMUNITY ASCERTAINMENT FORUM
 
KKFI MID-COAST RADIO PROJECT,INC. will host its FIRST Community Ascertainment Forum this Thursday April 20, 2017 in KKFI Annex Room 6-8 p.m. location 3901 Main Street after 5:00 p.m.
 
you must enter rear entrance and park in Great American Bank’s Parking Lot. Take elevator to second level.
 
Mid-Coast Radio Project, Inc. KKFI is one of 200 Community Stations in the nation non commercial will bring together 18 Community Organizations, Agencies or Neighborhood Groups to voice their concerns and or issues for the betterment of Kansas City. These organizations are normally overlooked by previous held ascertainment gatherings, nor are the groups able to share their upcoming events with these meetings.
 
Some of the guest organizations include: Black Agenda Group, KCMO and Northeast Johnson County NAACP, Greater Kansas City Buffalo Soldiers 150 Celebration, Juneteenth Emancipation Proclamation Celebration, KCMO Human Relations Civil Rights Div., Midtown Kiwanis of Kansas City, FIRST CALL Drug and Alcohol Abuse,, League of Women Votes of Jackson County/Clay/Platte Counties, NEW GRAY PANTHERS, Eggs and Enlightenment, 24 HOUR FAITH TRAINING CENTER, Friends of Community Media Hogan College Prep Academy, TY-COR Great Plains Indians and Watkins Foundation Slave Cemeteries History.
 
This first of a kind event has invited various Media Groups located in Greater Kansas City which attendees can greet and meet. KKFI which is THE FLAG SHIP. And targeting PEOPLE of COLOR not limit to. Event Open to Public Refreshments served.
 
Other KKFI Community Ascertainment Forums scheduled for 2017 are July 20th and October 26th. Interviews can be arranged and electric outlets are available if needed.
Newspapers needing photos contact Jerry Lockett at (816) 588-9264, Groovy Grant (816) 756-7620 or M.C. Richardson

FCM ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA (04/08/17)

FCM Annual Member Meeting Agenda 4/8/17

Pay Dues (for those who haven’t $10)

Establish quorum (majority of members who have paid dues and attended previous meeting)

Remove automatically those who haven’t paid dues or attended a meeting.  (Bylaws Art V Sec 3)

Minutes read and corrected from 3/25/17 meeting

OLD BUSINESS

Website update

Discussion of proposed upcoming events and locations

NEW BUSINESS

     Elect membership committee (5)  Article IV and chair (1 year  term) – discuss next year’s criteria

     Determine size of board for 2016 (5-11) (article VI)

     Elect board for 2017-2018

Adjourn


 FCM Annual Board Meeting Agenda 4/8/17

New board meets, elects officers –Pres/chair, VP/co-chair, Treasurer, Secretary

Quorum established

Minutes from last board meeting

Treasurer report

IRS Form 990 status

OLD BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

    Elect officers

Adjourn