WCAT OK … for now

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Published in the August 29, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The immediate impact of an August 1 Federal Communications Commission ruling that many feared could have devastating consequences on funding for local cable operations may be delayed, at least in the short term, for organizations like Wakefield Community Access Television (WCAT). The FCC ruling allows cable companies like Comcast, Verizon and RCN to effectively subtract the cost of work they do on supporting infrastructure and non-cable-related costs (like internet upgrades) from the franchise fees they pay to cities and towns for the use of public ways and utility poles. Most cities and towns dedicate the lion’s share of those franchise fees (capped at 5 percent of the company’s gross local revenue) to local public access TV operations like the nonprofit WCAT. Any significant...

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Friendly advice

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Published in the August 29, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Summer is winding down. Conditioned by the school year, people are squeezing in that last bit of leisure time and resting up for the post-Labor Day ramp-up of activity. It’s also a truism that late August is a slow news period. That’s not the case at National Public Radio, where the news never rests, all things considered. Last week, NPR’s website published a hard-hitting piece called, “Men Can Have Better Friendships. Here’s How.” Naturally, it was written by a woman. Imagine if a man wrote an article called, “Women Can Have Better Friendships. Here’s How.” He would be immediately and firmly denounced for the sin of “mansplaining.” But in the 21st century, women can lecture men for their shortcomings and men are expected to...

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