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Legislative deadline passes to aid ACMi

ACMi, Arlington's cable-TV station, provided the following appeal.ACMi News logo

As you may already know, ACMi (and all community media centers) are under serious threat, because our exclusive source of revenue (a cable franchise fee) is in precipitous decline because of the increasing rate at which people are cutting their cable services.

Two crucial bills are working their way through the Mass. Legislature that would seek to replace at least some of the lost revenue by imposing fees on streaming-service providers. 

As part of this critical effort, we are reaching out to our close-knit community. Specifically, we'd appreciate it enormously if you could use the template below to send a letter of support to the appropriate committee, as identified in the template.

Deadline July 13

There is a significant deadline coming up on July 13, so time is of the essence.

We hope that you will not find this an onerous task, and particularly that the template reduces a lot of the potential hassle. You are in a great position to speak to the value ACMi brings to the Arlington community, and we feel confident that adding your voice to the chorus of support will make a real difference.

Please feel free to tweak the letter in any way you choose, and to reach out if you have any questions. We're very mindful that your life may be very busy, so we deeply appreciate that you would take the time to do this. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

July 2023 

Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology,
the Internet and Cybersecurity

24 Beacon St. 

Room 109-B

Boston, MA 02133 

Dear Chairs Farley-Bouvier and Moore:  [Reach them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

[Your department, organization or agency] urges you to act favorably on Bills H.74 and S.34 - An Act to Modernize Funding for Community Media Programming. With Massachusetts cable subscriptions steadily declining, the essential revenue from franchise fees has also declined. Bills H.74 and S.34 would update the law to mirror ongoing technological advances, allowing Arlington to keep pace and continue to deliver local information and entertainment to our residents. 

Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi) provides a broad range of services to Arlington residents, including more than 350 hours of government meeting coverage every year. Public Forums and Public Hearings are always aired on ACMi, which also offers coverage of important community events such as parades, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day and Veterans Day activities.  

[Please add two or three sentences describing your own experience partnering with ACMi, giving specific examples if possible of the ways in which you have benefited from the relationship.] 

Last but certainly not least, election coverage is an excellent example of the value ACMi brings to the town, from providing candidate profiles and debates, to reporting Election results as they come in. Without these services, Arlington would need to absorb the considerable cost of municipal production, and access to technology for residents would likely cease entirely. If H.74 and/or S.34 were to become law, the funds collected would allow ACMi to continue operations well into the future, and would also provide much-needed funding for municipal communications projects.  

An Act to Modernize Funding for Community Media Programming makes sense for Massachusetts municipalities. We ask that you pass the bill along with a favorable recommendation.

Sincerely, 

[Signatures] 


This plea was published Tuesday, July 11, 2023, based on information provided by Norm MacLeod and James Milan of ACMi.

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Guest - Mark Fishman on Tuesday, 11 July 2023 20:42
Haven't been a cable subscriber for over 30 years

I dropped cable over 30 years ago when I realized that paying $80/month for something I hardly used made no sense. I calculated that in the entire previous year I had watch a total of 6 HOURS of television that wasn't local news or weather, and that 6 hours was also from a local station available over the air. I don't use streaming servies, either.

If ACMi offered their programming (and schedule listings) in some other way, and I could find out whether it's something I'd actually watch, maybe I'd donate. I already donate to three public radio stations, one of which I can get only over the Internet -- but I know what is on them, and when it will air, so I can plan.

Is there an actual schedule and a direct website for ACMi? And do they take contributions?

I dropped cable over 30 years ago when I realized that paying $80/month for something I hardly used made no sense. I calculated that in the entire previous year I had watch a total of 6 HOURS of television that wasn't local news or weather, and that 6 hours was also from a local station available over the air. I don't use streaming servies, either. If ACMi offered their programming (and schedule listings) in some other way, and I could find out whether it's something I'd actually watch, maybe I'd donate. I already donate to three public radio stations, one of which I can get only over the Internet -- but I know what is on them, and when it will air, so I can plan. Is there an actual schedule and a direct website for ACMi? And do they take contributions?
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