Above is the new STATEWIDE LETTER PORTAL to support the COMMUNITY MEDIA REINVESTMENT ACT!
(Senate Bill S2581 and Assembly Bill A5900)
Click HERE to see a one page description of the bill.
If you live in New York State it is urgent that you use the portal to electronically send a message of support for this bill! Not only will this bill create dedicated funding for Community Media in every City, Town and Village in New York, but it will ALSO create an equal amount of revenue to the General Fund of every town! This funding will replace the revenue has been lost by the decline of cable franchise fee, a source of income that has helped support local budgets!
HOW DO YOU HELP?
PLEASE USE THE PORTAL TO WRITE A LETTER WITH OUR EASY TEMPLATE!
Just write in your address with zip code, and your message (which you can customize with your own first paragraph) will be sent to your local legislators and key sponsors and committees that can advance the bill!
It is URGENT that we get this bill as a part of the NY State budget since it will create an extra $270 million for New York State from streaming media and satellite. As you can read in the paper “REVENUE STREAMS” below, 30 other states are already taxing digital media. So why not New York?? Massachusetts has a similar bill in the works. Please add your voice to increase our municipal incomes and also help hyper local community media survive and thrive, particularly in under-served areas. The bill also provides for expansion of broadband into areas of very few homes per linear mile which were not reached by traditional cable.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEW YORK STATE!
To get a perspective of how important Community Media is, and to get an understanding of what needs to be done to ensure that it has the funds to continue on, we invite you to download the
RESEARCH PAPER from this website entitled:
HARNESSING DIGITAL MEDIA COMMERCE TO REINVEST IN NEW YORK’S TOWN AND CITIES
by Lee Shaker & Antoine Haywood.
View or download REVENUE STREAMS!
Click HERE to see an UPDATED REVENUE PROJECTION TABLE just compiled in 2024, along with an updated explanatory letter from the author of “REVENUE STREAMS”, Dr. Lee Shaker.
Residents of New York State deserve and need access to technology & media education to fully participate in democracy in a digital age. Public Educational & Governmental Access Television (PEG Access) allows us to share information that impacts our communities, connects us with our elected leaders, and provides an important democratic forum.
The Alliance for Community Media New York is the NY State Chapter of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). The ACM is a national not-for-profit organization with a mission to advance democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media, and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media. ACMNY is part of the Northeast region of the Alliance. ACM-NE includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Rhode Island.
The Empire State has a population of more than 19 million people in 62 counties, 62 cities, 553 villages and 932 towns. We look forward to working together with all, as we provide information, advocacy, and media resources to our communities in this great State.
THE ANNUAL ACM NATIONAL CONFERENCE
WILL BE IN NEW YORK STATE THIS YEAR!!
June 27-29, 2023
Brooklyn, New York
in Partnership with BRIC
Click HERE for more information.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
THERE WILL BE AN ACM NORTH EAST REGION CONFERENCE in
November 2023 in BURLINGTON, VERMONT!
Visit acm-ne.org for details!
To become an ACM Member to get reduced rates and other perks:
and simply join at the $50 Supporter level to get a membership number. Or your access center can join as an organizational member. Individual (voting) Member is $200.