On Monday, August 15, the Amherst Select Board rejected the Comcast franchise proposal and sent the contract back for further negotiations.
Matt Heron Duranti, Amherst Media board member, and over forty other crew members and actors assembled at Amherst Media on Friday to participated in the 48hour Film Project. They used the station as their home base, studio, and editing rooms over the course of the weekend-long project.
The President of the Board of Amherst Media, Steven D. Brewer, speaking for the Executive Committee, has drafted a letter to the Amherst Select Board and Cable Advisory Committee urging them to not accept the tentative agreement with Comcast negotiated by the outgoing temporary town manager and to press Comcast to meet the needs of the community as expressed in the cable reascertainment hearings. Read more for the full letter.
Update update: Temporary Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner will tonight encourage the Select Board sign off on the contract as it currently stands. The Cable Advisory Committee today proposed via consensus that the Select Board hold off at this time to allow for further discussion on the outstanding issues, including Comcast's denial of HD, access to the Electronic Program Guide, capital expenditures, and other items.
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Amherst Media and the Amherst Education Foundation are pleased to announce a co-sponsored Forum on Education featuring the candidates for State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District. Rebecca Woodland, Chair of the Education Policy, Research and Administration Department at the College of Education at UMass Amherst, will moderate the event.
The forum will be broadcast live on July 26th at 7pm on cable channel 17 in Amherst and Pelham and streamed on amherstmedia.org. Repeat broadcasts will be aired on channel 17 and the video will be available online for subsequent viewing.