This weekend, a major milestone in the movement to democratize the American media was achieved: the passage of the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA), the first standalone piece of media justice legislation passed since the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. The bill legalizes FM radio licenses for small, community, non-profit stations all across the country – most notably, in cities where it was previously banned, and it should, over the long run, have as great as impact on our media as the PBA… perhaps greater, in fact, coming at a time when the Internet has multiplied the network and reach of all independent and community media.
The Bills are Too High:
Community education and support on rising costs of gas, electric, cable and internet – our basic utility needs.
Monday, February 15th from 6pm – 8pm
Tuttleman Learning Center room 105 at the intersection of 13th and Montgomery
The Bills are Too High is a community educational event and support on the increases in the costs of basic utilities that are affecting our city and state. In a city where unemployment has climbed over 10% and nearly one and four live in poverty, paying the bills is a struggle for many of us. From electricity, to cable, gas, and internet, federal and state actions are making it harder every day for Philadelphians to meet our basic needs.
The beginning of this year marked increases as high as 40% in the electric bills throughout Central PA. Jan 2011 will see more increases for all those in the Philadelphia area served by PECO/ Excelon because of deregulation.
With Internet and Cable major companies like Verizon and AT&T are pushing federal law makers to allow discrimination of content on the internet, a move that would make the internet more expensive for everyone.
Along with this Comcast is looking to buy NBC/Universal. From past experiences of deals like this such a move means less channels for viewers and higher monthly bills.
And many people going through the winter without heat were almost kept in the cold because of a lack of funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). More funds were distributed but the program is under extra stress because of the economic down-turn.
Through out the evening there will be support to sign up for LIHEAP and other utility benefits, take action to make cable and internet affordable, and a listening booth to share your own story.
The Bills are Too High will take place at Temple University Main Campus, Tuttleman Learning Center room 105 at the intersection of 13th and Montgomery, on Monday, February 15th from 6pm – 8pm.
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