Channel 17 Town Meeting Day Candidate Forums February 5-28, 2018

January 23, 2018

In an effort to increase civic participation, Channel 17/Town Meeting Television presents an extensive set of local election candidate forums for nearly every political office on the ballot in Chittenden County. All candidates listed on the ballot, or running write-in campaigns, are invited to appear on live candidate call-in forums from February 5 through 28, 2018.

CCTV Welcomes New Board Chair Jason Pelletier

January 15, 2018
The CCTV Center for Media & Democracy Board is pleased to announce election of Jason Pelletier as its newest President. Jason assumes Board leadership from Michael McNamara, longtime supporter of CCTV and Channel 17 producer who served as Board President from 2013.

Speak Truth to Power Video Contest

January 11, 2018
Open to students in grades 6 through 12, the contest asks students to choose a human rights defender and create a short film that creatively describes how that defender inspires them to stand for change.

THE FCC PLANS TO KILL NET NEUTRALITY, BUT IT WILL LIVE ON IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT

December 14, 2017

Burlington Telecom pledges to remain net neutral regardless of December 14th FCC ruling. 

CCTV Comments on FCC’s expected December 14th Vote to Abandon Net Neutrality

December 12, 2017
CCTV Center for Media & Democracy has joined 150 national advocates in opposition to the FCC’s December 14th vote to dismantle Net Neutrality rules. Read on...

Holiday Party Time - Celebrate with Us on 12/14

November 28, 2017
Join us to celebrate the Solstice and Ringing in Free Speech with our friends of Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television, CCTV, and Common Good Vermont on Thursday, December 14th from 5 - 7 p.m. at Channel 17 Studios.

Big Data, Politics and the 2020 Election

October 19, 2017
Jeff Chester, Director of the Center for Digital Democracy and national advocate for media justice, joins us on Thursday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Burlington, VT for a provocative and timely talk about how Big Data threatens to change Politics and Democracy forever and what we can do to stop it. The event begins at 5.30 with a reception, followed by the Public Talk at 6 p.m. ending at 8 p.m. REGISTER TODAY

Proposed Bill Allows Warrantless Surveillance

October 19, 2017

If you’re like most people in the U.S., you’ve never heard of Section 702. It’s a little known surveillance law that is part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Section 702 permits the government to collect the content of communications of “targets” who are “non-Americans” located abroad, including communications they may have with Americans. The short version is this: Section 702 has loopholes that expand state surveillance of both immigrant and citizen people of color.

Burlington Narrows Down BT Purchasers

September 22, 2017
Burlington is winnowing down prospective purchasers for Burlington Telecom. The City Council will decide on October 16 with public meetings scheduled in the next few weeks. Review the proposals and share your comments.

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PEG TV Public Hearing

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21st: Share your thoughts on the value of PEG access channels and services to Vermont communities, the costs of such programming and services, and funding options to support programming and services at a PEG TV Public Hearing on October 21st.

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