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URGENT! From WCCA TV 13 – “The People’s Channel”

Please contact  FCC.GOV to let them know you oppose the building of monopolies. Stand in opposition of the mega merger.

The Worcester City Council voted unanimously last week to oppose the mega merger of Comcast and Time Warner.  Charter will be part of the new monopoly.

If you care about  more not LESS freedom of information, access to broadband, communications, television services … Comcast’s tradition of  increased costs …

Send a message to FCC.gov in opposition – on or before October 29, 2014.

Thank you,

Mauro DePasquale, executive director,  WCCA TV 13 – Worcester

Be on TV! Wish Wusta “Happy Holidays!” Free!

Annual WCCA Tv 13 Holiday Shout Outs!

Bring the kids, staff, hired help, friends, parents … and holiday spirit!

WCCA TV 13 offers FREE TV exposure TOMORROW, Wednesday(12/12) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

ANYONE can do this – including businesses, individuals, artists, non-profits and religious organizations, politicians, etc. IT’S FREE TV face time on TV 13, the multi-award winning Public Access Station located in Worcester. Our studios are open for your video holiday greeting aka “WCCA’s traditional HOLIDAY SHOUT OUTS.” Come on down to WCCA TV at 415 Main Street and join in the holiday fun.

Your video greeting will be seen on WCCA TV 13 and online throughout this holiday season. You will not find a better value than that. It’s our public access television way of saying THANK YOU for your support.

Happy Holidays !

Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director
WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel”
415 Main Street
Worcester

CITY’s CABLE ADVISORY PUBLIC HEARING CANCELED

THE CITY’s CABLE ADVISORY PUBLIC HEARING scheduled for July 25 has been canceled.

There will be NO hearing or meeting on that date relative to the city’s cable advisory committee.

We were informed of this by the City’s cable Division. If you have further questions, please contact the City Manager’s office.

Thank you for your attention and support.
Sincerely,

Mauro DePasquale
WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel”
Worcester

WCCA TV show now available on demand!

Soapbox Special Edition: To Run or Not To Run is now available on demand at http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/torunornottorun

This collaborative educational program, produced and presented as a public service, highlights important points of consideration which will be of value to anyone thinking about running for a local office. Panelists include: Worcester City Clerk David Rushford, educator Paul Lacava, former Worcester mayor and current host of the Levy Line, Jordan Levy. It is moderated by Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV 13’s executive director.

“TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN” can be seen on WCCA TV public access/community television cable channel 13, in Worcester, and streaming in real time at http://www.wccatv.com on the following dates and times: Thursday, May 5th & 12th at 10 pm; Saturday, May 7th and 14th at 10 am; Sunday, May 8th and 15th at 8:30 pm. For further information contact Tracy Foley, programming, at 508-755-1880 ext. 10 or via email _tracy@wccatv.com _ .

Enjoy!

Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director
WCCA TV 13, The People’s Channel
Worcester

To run or not to run (for public office)

By Mauro DePasquale

Have you ever thought about running for public office but were unsure of the process or what it may take? Then this program is for you!

WCCA TV 13 Public Access/Community Television presents TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN: a Soapbox Special edition.

This collaborative educational program, produced and presented as a public service, highlights important points of consideration which will be of value to anyone thinking about running for a local office. Panelists include: Worcester City Clerk David Rushford, educator Paul Lacava, former Worcester mayor and current host of the Levy Line, Jordan Levy. It is moderated by me.

TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN can be seen on WCCA TV public access/ community television cable channel 13, in Worcester, and streaming in real time at http://www.wcctv.com on the following dates and times: Thursday, May 5th & 12th at 10 pm; Saturday, May 7th and 14th at 10 am; Sunday, May 8th and 15th at 8:30 pm.

This program will also be made available for on demand viewing at http://www.wccatv.com/video. For further information, please contact Tracy Foley, programming, at 508-755-1880 ext. 10 or via email tracy@wccatv.com

Thank you.

Mauro DePasquale is Executive Director of WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel” in downtown Worcester.

Some updates: Worcester City Council passes resolution in support of CAP Act and Stand for Children testifies in support of Health Benefit reform

WCCA TV 13, on behalf of EPG channels everywhere, expresses gratitude to the members of Worcester City Council for passing a resolution in support of the Community Access Preservation Act (CAP Act).

The resolution was co-sponsored by Mayor Joseph O’Brien and City Councilor Barbara Haller.

The resolution was adopted unanimously, after I spoke before the council last night, March 8, 2011, and explained, in brief, detail about the dangerous impact state issued franchise licenses have had upon PEG channels and what the CAP Act will accomplish.

The resolution illustrates to our Federal and State Legislators that the City of Worcester stands with the Public Access [PEG] Community and other community media organizations in support of changes to the Telecommunication Act to protect and guarantee assurances for the advancement of PEG.

We thank the City of Worcester for recognizing the importance and value of PEG community access and also thank the many WCCA TV members who petitioned on behalf of localism and PEG community media access everywhere.

– Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director
WCCA TV, “The People’s Channel”
Worcester

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STAND FOR CHILDREN TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF HEALTH BENEFIT REFORM

Framingham Teacher Speaks Out in Support of Health Benefit Reform

BOSTON: Stand for Children testified in support of Municipal Health Benefit Reform to the Joint Committee on Public Service at the State House today. As skyrocketing health care costs continue to strain municipal budgets, Stand for Children is advocating for provisions that will ameliorate the financial burden on cities and towns and ensure that taxpayers’ dollars are being invested where they can make the most difference – in the classroom.

Stand for Children’s recommendations will allow cities and towns to direct at least $136 to $151 million towards saving educators’ jobs and protecting valuable community services across the Commonwealth. Included are provisions implementing good-faith bargaining measures to negotiate health care design, moving eligible municipal employees into Medicare, and transitioning to a system of global payment. These provisions would significantly lower health care costs in municipal budgets while still providing excellent benefits to municipal workers.

“Mitigating the skyrocketing cost of insuring municipal employees is an urgent issue that directly affects teachers’ jobs,” stated Jason Williams, Executive Director of Stand for Children. “Stand for Children supports this common-sense solution and legislators need to act now to help keep teachers in the classroom because our kids can’t afford to wait.”

“As a teacher in Framingham Public Schools, I believe Stand for Children’s recommendations are amenable to both parents and teachers,” stated Rosangela Caixa, a Stand for Children member and first grade teacher at the Potter Road School. “We need to pass health benefit reform now to help protect the jobs of teachers across the Commonwealth and to ensure that education is a viable career choice for the next generation of teachers.”

“Stand for Children’s recommendations will allow a greater proportion of education funding to support teachers and the important work they do in the classroom,” stated Jim Stockless, a Stand for Children member in Framingham. “Cities and towns are spending too much money on skyrocketing health insurance costs and we need to start spending this money on protecting teachers’ jobs and investing in our children.”

“Stand for Children’s recommendations reflect a vested interest in collective bargaining and provide both management and labor with a voice at the negotiating table,” stated Juli Brazile, a Stand for Children member in Arlington. “We need to retain teachers’ jobs and critical school services, but this will be impossible if we don’t address the soaring cost of health care now.”

AT & T raises U-Verse TV rates. So much for those franchise reform laws!

By Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV-13

Not long ago, and it seems every now and then, the telecoms and cable companies lobby government to manipulate legislators to enhance their own ability to corner the market. For instance: Using misinformation by suggesting local cable franchise regulations curtail competition, when it doesn’t. Competition itself does not guarantee lower rates either (e.g. why is the cost of gas for your car going up when there is a gas station on nearly every block in some areas for example?). It is also simply a lie to say that public access TV or PEG centers cause rate hikes or that they depend on city tax money.

Companies like Verizon, l AT & T and others lobbied hard to eliminate “locally controlled” (City) franchise authority and locally determined regulations. Luckily for all of us, they were not successful in Massachusetts. For a few other states it’s an unfortunate, different story. By moving local franchise authority to state controlled, where they can perhaps take the local community input further away from the process. Claiming it would reduce rates when, over the long term, it would not. The only thing we would end up with, if such a case were successful, would be higher rates and no public access. I see no win there – unless you’re a CEO for one of those companies. Continue reading AT & T raises U-Verse TV rates. So much for those franchise reform laws!

Holiday message from WCCA TV 13’s Mauro DePasquale

We have a slogan here at WCCA TV 13: “PUBLIC ACCESS is more than just TV, it’s a community resource.”

The PUBLIC ACCESS mission stands tall with the PEOPLE participating as THE message. PUBLIC ACCESS television is an empowering solution that is most needed today. Here is a brief list partly explaining why:

1.The product of Public Access cablecast and programming is powered by franchise provisions, community partnerships, and donations, and NOT tax dollars, while it is empowering our communities with a profound , tangible and quantifiable impact.

2.In exchange for the humble amount of franchise dollars, Public Access centers return millions of dollars of media services back, each year, into their communities Continue reading Holiday message from WCCA TV 13’s Mauro DePasquale

Another candidate open mic night at WCCA TV 13! Free!

WCCA TV 13, The People’s Channel, is hosting another Candidates Open Mic Night offering Free TV Time to candidates on Wednesday, October 27, from 6 pm to 8 pm (at the Main Street studio). Each recorded block will be played numerous times throughout the month, until the November election. For more information, please contact Mauro DePasquale, executive director, at 508-755-1880.