Alliance for Community Media (conf) [cr-951228]


Richard Moore

Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995
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Subject: Alliance for Community Media

Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995
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Subject: Re: conference


November 29, 1995


Washington DC --  As the shape of telecommunications for the next millennium
is being debated in Congress and in the FCC, the Alliance for Community Media
is planning the nation's largest gathering of practitioners and advocates for
community access to the information superhighway. Focusing on  We the People:
Building Community Through Media, the Alliance's 1996 International
Conference and Trade Show will be headquartered at the Hyatt Regency Crystal
City in Arlington, Virginia, on July 17 - 20, 1996.

The four-day event will include in-depth seminars, workshops, networking
opportunities, a trade show, a full-day intensive program on "Access
Management from A to Z," a hands-on internet lab, open houses at area
community media facilities, and the awards ceremony for the nation's largest
and oldest community television competition, the Hometown Video Festival.
Over eighty separate seminars and workshops will explore issues in public
policy, public awareness, access management, community media centers of the
future, new technologies, fundraising, community telecomputing, training,
educational access, media arts, government access, media literacy, and
international uses of community video. Planners are anticipating over 800
community video producers, PEG (public, educational, and government) access
professionals, media and communications educators, media literacy advocates,
international producers, providers of media services and equipment, cable
operators, and community computing staff members.

"This year's event will draw on the unique resources of the National Capital
Area," said 1996 Conference Chair Catherine Nemetz, Development Director for
 the Fairfax Cable Access Corporation and Access America. "Public policy will
be a major focus with the involvement of key telecommunications regulators,
federal legislators, high technology companies, and the many public interest
groups in the Washington DC area. And we'll take full advantage of the
wonderful cultural and historical attractions in metro area!"

"The Alliance has been particularly successful in advocating the public
interest in the current telecommunications bills in Congress, with the
Federal Communications Commission, and in the courts, specifically with our
censorship case Alliance for Community Media et al. v. FCC going to the
Supreme Court this next year," said Barry Forbes, Executive Director for the
Alliance for Community Media. "Our membership has increased and our public
interest coalition partners are working more closely with us -- and now the
media and other telecommunications companies are paying more attention to our
issues. I wouldn't be surprised if this year's conference will be a
record-breaker in the number of participants."

Early registration rates are available until April 26, 1996, for the full
conference for $280 for Alliance members and $365 for non-members; regular
registration rates are available until June 17 for $305 for Alliance members
and $400 for non-members; and late registration rates are available up
through on-site registration for $330 for Alliance members and $430 for
non-members. Discounts are available for registration without meal or special
event tickets and for single day participation. Hotel room rates at the Hyatt
Regency Crystal City are $105 for single, $125 double, $135 triple, and $145
quadruple occupancy.

The rates for exhibitors in the two-day Trade Show range from $450 to $800,
depending on type of exhibitor (for-profit or non-profit), participation in
conference, and early or regular registration. Program book advertising is
available from $150 for a business card space to $500 for a full page.

Registration forms will be available in January 1996. For more information,
contact the Alliance for Community Media at (202) 393-2650 or

The Alliance for Community Media is a national, non-profit membership
organization committed to assuring everyone's access to electronic media. The
Alliance accomplishes this by disseminating public information, advancing a
positive legislative and regulatory environment, and supporting local
organizing. Founded in 1976, the Alliance represents the interests of over
950 public, educational and governmental ("PEG") access organizations and
local origination cable services throughout the country. The Alliance also
represents the interests of local religious, community, charitable and other
organizations throughout the country who utilize PEG access channels and
facilities to speak to their memberships and their larger communities.

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Alliance for Community Media
666 11th Street, NW, Suite 806, Washington, DC 20001-4542
Voice: (202) 393-2650  Fax:     (202) 393-2653
"Ensuring everyone's access to electronic media since 1976."

Barry Forbes, Executive Director
"Do what's right. Do it right. Do it right now."