The Amherst select board formally closed the ascertainment period of franchise negotiation with Comcast at their Monday, October 5th meeting. During that time they held two public comment sessions and invited the public to submit written comments as well.
Amherst Media Board Member, Demetria Shabazz has penned an appeal to the community to come out and support Amherst Media during the Town's ascertainment hearings as part of new contract negotiations with our cable provider, Comcast. For further explanation and the details click through.
Amherst Media, after revamping its services to expand digital media training, citizen productions and online distribution of content, identified the need to seek broader citizen input and participation in this process of change.
We were lucky to obtain the services of Dr. Martha Fuentes-Bautista, currently faculty of Communication and Public Policy at UMass Amherst, and her team who designed the research tools and led the consultation process.