Help Us Grow: Become a Member or Make a Donation
As we enter a new year, we face several challenges and opportunities:
- We have a new community TV policy that recognizes past problems with access to cable-administered community channels (CRTC 2010-622).
- We are part of an on-going process with the cable companies and the CRTC to see how this new policy can be applied. Will it lead to more genuine access to cable community channels? Can it be used to generate funding for non-profit, community-owned TV channels?
- We are also part of a broad-based industry and civil-society coalition asking for a national education campaign in advance of the digital TV transition. We see it as an opportunity to educate municipalities about their potential role as broadcasters and rebroadcasters.
- We are engaged in the spectrum auction design process for the former TV channels 62 to 69, to ensure that some of that spectrum is set aside for public uses, such as distribution of community content.
- And last but not least, we celebrate the CRTC's decision that will require Bell to offer independent community TV channels as part of its basic service! This decision was a direct result of CACTUS' intervention, and an endorsement of the importance of our fledgling sector.
To enable us to continue to grow, we need your help. Up until now, we have been a web site and an e-mail list of interested supporters. In 2010, we incorporated as a non-profit, with the following board of directors:
Cathy Edwards - national co-ordinator
Patrick Watt - representative of the Maritimes and over-the-air TV community licence holders
Ivan Traill - representative of the Prairies, over-the-air licence holder and cable co-operative community TV channel
Richard Ward - representative of the CMES and the cluster of non-profit community TV corporations that produce content that airs on Shaw on the West Coast.
MEMBERSHIP IN CACTUS
We'd like to welcome as members both individuals and other organizations. As individuals, you are TV viewers and many of you have participated in TV production at community TV channels.
We welcome member organizations including community TV channels and producing groups, and others within the broadcasting industry and civil society that share our support of Canadian content, diversity, and free expression.
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If you are not interested to become a member but would like to make a one-time donation to CACTUS, click here: