Faith groups and advocacy groups around the country breathed a sigh of relief in November as the U.S. Senate voted to save an open Internet. The Senate vote let stand a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to establish a basic tier of protection ensuring that all speech will be treated the same on the Internet. Without protection, some content might be disfavored, or small organizations might have to pay to make sure their content gets fair treatment. OC Inc. has and continues to be actively engaged in the fight for access and freedom on the Internet, and sponsored a webinar on Dec. 6 on Net Neutrality for the Faith Community.
IMPORTANT VICTORY IN TV BROADCASTER ACCOUNTABILITY, MORE WORK AHEAD
UCC OC Inc. and its allies were optimistic at the end of October when the FCC finally moved on a proposal that will help members of the public hold television broadcasters accountable to their communities by improving the relevance of publicly-available information and moving it online by next summer. Building on years of fact-finding, the started a proceeding that will quickly modernize the current antiquated system of TV broadcaster public files—which members of the public must currently visit in-person at a station’s studio. See more in our blog article, “Bringing Broadcasters into the 21st Century”.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2012 PARKER AWARD OPEN
Next year will be the 30th year of the Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Awards and Lecture, to be held in Washington, DC, in fall 2012. We are now accepting early nominations for the categories of the Lecturer, the Everett C. Parker Award for work in non-profit or governmental roles, and the Donald MacGannon Award for work in the private sector. Visit our web page to see our honorees in 2011.
Please email Cheryl Leanza at firstname.lastname@example.org for nominations.
OC INC. BOARD MEMBERS MEET WITH DENOMINATION LEADERS
Members of the OC Inc. Board of Directors met in Cleveland the weekend of November 11-13 to engage in strategic planning for the year ahead. The meeting coincided with the meeting of the Joint Boards and the Executive Council of the United Church of Christ, enabling board members to also confer with the denomination’s top leaders. The weekend marked the culmination of the denomination’s successful Mission: 1 campaign to address the problem of hunger around the world. At the end of the weekend, three new members of the denomination’s collegium of officers were installed at a worship service, including J. Bennett Guess, former head of the denomination’s Proclamation, Identity and Communications team and former executive director of OC Inc., who was installed as executive for Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
We here at OC Inc. hope are looking forward to a happy winter holiday season with your families, and a Merry Christmas to everyone who is celebrating Christmas. As the year closes out, please consider making a donation to the United Church of Christ OC Inc. to help us continue advocating for a fairer and more just media system. Your support is vital. Thank you.