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Our Industry Needs United Voice on Key Policies…

In Cap & Trade, Do-Not-Deliver, Do-Not-Mail, Environmental Impact, FCC, FTC & DOJ, Healthcare Reform, Legal Advertising, Network Neutrality, Rules&Regs on October 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm

…being written in real-time!

As many of you already know, I spent years working inside our industry and now advocate for the specific interests of our industry. Officially, I only consult for MACPA, but in practice I always help any publisher, anywhere, anytime. Those efforts benefit dual members and often publishers well outside the Mid-Atlantic. Today, we and our advertisers — small business, generally — are under assault by both government and much larger competitors. Since the election, a slew of new front groups launched claiming to speak for broad constituencies — from the “public” generally to “small business” specifically. Meanwhile, recent surveys show that 76% of small businesses feel nobody’s speaking for them — but the biggest businesses are spending more than ever to claim to speak for all business.

It would be extremely helpful for me to be able to point to a statement of common purpose when I’m tackling regional and national issues. Current conditions make it more important than ever that the entire industry unite around a few national policy priorities. I’m asking that you please consider adopting some formal positions — a resolution for your board to vote on that your association joins in formally endorsing any, hopefully all of the following:

• legislation affording the legal ability of audited free community papers to publish and bill for legal advertising and public notice;

• laws and policies that protect open and neutral digital networks, and otherwise prevent arbitrary discrimination against traffic and content;

• laws and rules that foster fair competition between media outlets in local media markets;

• voluntary efforts towards greater community recycling, full-circle recycling of newsprint, and incentives towards availability and use of higher recovered fiber newsprint;

• passage of a federal shield law for reporters;

• steadfast opposition to all threats to distribution, including all levels of laws, ordinances and predatory practices relating to: rack, carrier and mail.

• Bonus: Any statements on some key small biz provisions on health care reform would be great, too. All other suggestions welcome!

Government happens to you…

In Cap & Trade, Do-Not-Deliver, Environmental Impact, Fair Housing Rules, Healthcare Reform, Legal Advertising, Network Neutrality, Uncategorized on July 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm

…If you let it! Welcome to the Free Paper Policy Blog & Data Warehouse! The goal here is to create constructive dialogue and provide proven resources to deal with the vast array of threats and opportunities facing the free community paper industry. The wonky topics found here include HUD & Fair Housing Advertising, Do-Not-Deliver/Mail Case Studies, Dominion & DistribuTech Rack Monopolies, FCC, PLCB, Legal Advertising Reform, Workers Comp, Healthcare Reform, Unionization, Environmental Impact, Open Networks/Net Neutrality, Deep Packet Inspection…and comprehensive notes on all the neato stuff we’ve battled, won & learned from!