My goodness, could there be MORE THINGS going on?
(1) The saga regarding the future of cable access in Illinois continues. The Keep Us Connected coalition had a successful lobby day in Springfield, and things may not go as the Telcos anticipated. Possible Fly In The Oinment: The Tribune opined in favor of the controversial HB1500. History tells us that when the Tribune writes an op-ed and has to actually use its version of logic and evidence, it's often a sign that the Tribune is desperate.
(2) Hearing the siren song of corporate hacks, the U.S. government is trying to impose usurious and devastating rate hikes on both internet radio broadcasters and small magazine postage. Fortunately, activist campaigns have sprung up around both. Get involved, and tell others to get involved.
(3) The FCC is about to open a window high-power radio window in October, and its impact on suburban Chicago radio could be considerable. Coalition efforts are underway now; a callout has been made for the Chicago area, particularly the counties of DeKalb, Will, and Kendall.
(4) There's a campaign-a-comin' to be mounted by the Save The Internet coalition to promote another FCC window for comment. By the way, congrats to STI for its 2007 Activism Webby.
(5) Professor Robert Jensen is back in Chicago this week for a presentation on academic freedom.
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