AH Press Releases
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AH Press Releases

Local Channels Help to Inform Voters

Posted October 13th, 2010 by seanm

Eureka, CA - Access Humboldt’s community media channels provide a free platform for political speech in the community.

While the broadcast TV rules for “equal time” and the “Fairness Doctrine” do not apply to community access channels, there is a clear standard: “Equal opportunity” is afforded for all views to be expressed. On the community channels of Access Humboldt, you will see programs presented by local residents, including programs that promote a candidate or a particular cause.  read more »

Broadband Internet Privacy Act Advances

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California Senate advances Broadband Internet Privacy Act (AB 375)
North Coast Senator McGuire supports while AT&T and large ISPs oppose

Landmark legislation would protect Internet users' privacy in California.  read more »

Support California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Posted July 10th, 2017 by seanm

Access Humboldt filed letter of support for the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

10 July 2017

Eureka, CA - Access Humboldt today filed a letter with the California Legislature expressing support for AB 375, the California Internet Privacy Act.

The letter is attached, contents here:

July 10, 2017
RE: AB 375 (Chau) California Broadband Internet Privacy Act of 2017
Testimony of Sean Taketa McLaughlin for Access Humboldt in Support  read more »

Open Letter to Sinclair Broadcasting

Posted July 8th, 2017 by seanm

An Open Letter to Sinclair Broadcast Group

Dear Sinclair Board Members, Shareholders and Decision Makers,

We the people of Humboldt County, on the Redwood Coast of California, would like to

welcome you to our community. With your recent acquisition of four local television

channels, you are now a major part of our media landscape. We may be a small market

demographically, but we support our local news outlets and we have high standards and

expectations for corporations that control access to information in our communities.  read more »

Statement regarding Sinclair purchase of Bonten TV stations in Eureka DMA

Posted July 6th, 2017 by seanm

Statement of Sean McLaughlin, executive director for Access Humboldt, Eureka, CA
[sean@accesshumboldt.net, c: 707-616-2381]

Re: Transfer of Broadcast TV licenses in Humboldt County California, from Bonten Media Group to Sinclair Broadcast Group

Approval of the Sinclair Bonten deal is another disappointing decision by an FCC that cares not for any public process in the licensing of public airwaves. Just like FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, we were surprised to learn of the decision over a holiday weekend and challenged to engage such an opaque process.  read more »

California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Posted June 19th, 2017 by seanm

California Broadband Internet Privacy Act introduced
Coalition supports online privacy protections

Sacramento - State Assemblymember Ed Chau who chairs the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection today announced introduction of AB375, the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act of 2017. A coalition of over twenty consumer advocates and public interest organizations, including Access Humboldt greeted the announcement with a strong endorsement - see letter attached.

Access Humboldt executive director Sean Taketa McLaughlin released this statement:  read more »

Media Consolidation Harms Communities

Posted April 26th, 2017 by seanm

FCC policy move harms North Coast
Absentee Ownership of "Local" TV Stations Consolidating

Following action by the Federal Communications Commission last week, Sinclair Broadcasting announced intent to purchase local TV stations in Eureka serving California's North Coast.

Access Humboldt's executive director Sean McLaughlin said, "From experience we know that consolidated absentee ownership reduces competition, threatens media localism and harms information diversity."

Local Filmmakers Night - "Trains & Tranvestites"

Posted April 14th, 2017 by jed

Apr 26 2017 - 6:30pm
Apr 26 2017 - 8:30pm

Local Filmmakers Night screening series will be presenting the world-premiere of a documentary film by Dave Silverbrand.
A career journalist, Dave Silverbrand has taught media at College of the Redwoods and currently writes a regular column for the Times-Standard.  He also produces features for Newschannel 3 focusing on seniors, pets and the environment.  He is a frequent traveler to Latin America, having visited Cuba six times.   He regularly shares his documentaries with Access Humboldt.  read more »

Sunshine Week in Humboldt!

Posted March 7th, 2017 by seanm

For Immediate Release
RE: Sunshine Week in Humboldt

March 7, 2017

Access Humboldt
(707) 267-9121
clay@accesshumboldt.net

Exploring the frontiers of surveillance, privacy and free speech

Access Humboldt, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Humboldt State University Library are collaborating with local media outlets this month to explore the frontiers of surveillance, privacy and free speech during a series of Sunshine Week events in Arcata and Eureka from March 16-21.  read more »

Rep. Huffman's Rural Broadband legislation applauded

Posted February 2nd, 2017 by seanm

Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-North Coast) introduced legislation to advance universal access to broadband networks for rural communities across the nation.
[Revised Friday February 3, 2017 to reflect revisions in draft bill.]

In a statement released Wednesday February 1st, Sean McLaughlin said:  read more »

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