Federal Communications Commission

How to Participate in FCC Future of Media Workshop on April 30

April 28th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project

 The FCC is holding its second Future of Media workshop on Friday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the topic: “Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era.”

The workshop will focus on several key issues, including:

-- The possibilities for greater collaboration among noncommercial media entities such as public broadcasters, PEG channels, noncommercial web-based outlets, and other new media entities;

-- The role of public and other noncommercial media in serving the information needs of the underserved, including minorities, children, the disabled, and the economically disadvantaged;

-- Evolving business and organizational structures of public and other noncommercial media entities and the ways these are impacted by government policy;

 -- Innovative uses of social media, gaming, Internet applications, citizen journalism, mobile technologies, and other technological and organizational innovations; 

-- The possibilities for new kinds of noncommercial media networks and associated funding models.

The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room, Room TW-C305, at the FCC headquarters on 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. The public is encouraged to attend.   You can also participate in the workshop by viewing the FCC Live web page at www.fcc.gov/live. Submit questions to the panelists via e-mail (futureofmedia@fcc.gov) or Twitter using #FOMwkshop.   View the press release and agenda (.pdf)

6 Responses to “How to Participate in FCC Future of Media Workshop on April 30”

  1. Jamion says:

    We really need a public forums established so that way people can hold intelligent conversations, from all around the US, about the Internet, how they use it, and what they would like to see in innovation.

    A forums, or bulletin board systems, is fairly easy to establish and would allow large scale talk and collaboration with the FCC to help improve the US internet experience. Please establish such a system and allow public communication and interaction in a long term flowing conversation about technological innovation in our world.

  2. Loris Taylor says:

    As media continues to migrate to digital platforms, what assurances do audiences served by terrestrial radio and who are not yet on the digital highway have to be included in this new media reform?

    If the bar is to achieve virbant robust information ecologies that serve communities in a democracy, what is the litmus test that demonstrates that un-served and underserved populations are being included in new information initiatives?

    How will and should the role of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting change?

  3. Kathy Bisbee says:


    There's an existing network of public forums all around the US that could be easily used for this purpose.

    We are community media centers, also known as PEG (public, educational and government) cable access channels. You can see this map of our stations here:


    As community anchor institutions, PEGs are well-positioned to generate public dialogue around media, technology and communications needs of local communities since they already partner with libraries, schools, government agencies, non-profits, and the community to produce and air hyperlocal news, stories, events, provide residents with media and technology training, job skills, broadband access and adoption, media literacy, emergency preparedness, K-12 education programs, and public service announcements.

    We are an incredible asset, and could be hosting government forums for FCC around the nation as we are in our local communities for local government and residents to have important dialogues about these topics you raise.

  4. jim hair says:

    A great discussion, I look forward to seeing the video posted and being able to refer contacts who missed seeing it live.

  5. bridget says:

    Please post a link to the video once available online. Unfortunately, I missed the live broadcast. Thanks!

  6. rhayat1 says:

    You express concern about the needs of minorities. But there is an entire television network dedicated to blacks: BET. There are several dedicated to Hispanics. I want to know what the FCC is doing to encourage the creation of a network specifically for whites. Especially since whites are slated to become a minority in the near future (and already are in some states and many cities). Everybody has the right to feel good about what they are - and this includes white people. Especially white children.

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