Congressman Peter Welch Joins Vermont Access Network for a Public Access Roundtable

April 07, 2019

On Monday, April 8th, Congressman Peter Welch will join leaders of Vermont’s community media movement for a roundtable discussion of federal threats to public, educational, and government (PEG) access, local franchising authority, and open networks.

More than a dozen Vermont access leaders will gather at 10 a.m. at Channel 17/Town Meeting TV Studios at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Congressman Welch will meet with us between 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. The roundtable conversation will be recorded and live-streamed here.

Lincoln Peek, Rep. Welch’s Communications Director, recently shared the Congressman’s thoughts about the importance of community media: "Peter knows that many Vermonters watch public access all around the state, and I know that he will also be eager to discuss net neutrality issues, as there is a net neutrality bill that he cosponsored and helped advance through the Energy and Commerce committee that will be on the floor for final House passage next week."

Agenda: 
Introduction of Participants
Discussion of Issues facing PEG AMOs, the FCC, and net neutrality
Wrap Up
AMO leaders may remain to continue discussions through lunch.

Attending:
Executive Directors
Kevin Christopher, LCATV - Colchester & President of Vermont Access Network (VAN)
Elizabeth Malone, NWATV- St. Albans
Cor Trowbridge, BCTV - Brattleboro
Jess Wilson, RETN - Burlington
Lisa Byer, CAT-TV - Bennington
Angelike Contis, MMCTV - Richmond
Jared Gunnel, SAPA-TV - Springfield
Jamie Dimick, KATV - St. Johnsbury
Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV - Burlington
Keith Berkelhamer, Mad River Valley Television - Waitsfield
Kurt Broderson, MCTV - Middlebury
Tony Campos, CVTV - Barre

Board Members
Bob Ellis, GNAT TV - Manchester
Richard Pecor, LCATV
Helen Riehle - Channel 17/Town Meeting TV - Burlington
Erin Malone - CCTV - Burlington
Shay Totten - CCTV - Burlington

Vermont Access Network Staff
Greg Epler Wood - Vermont Access Network
Scott Campitelli - Vermont Access Network

Learn more about the Vermont Access Network and threats to the future of public access TV channels at www.vermontaccess.net

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