Jan 19, 2010

FCC will help Haiti, as are pubcasting stations

The Federal Communications Commission will assist Haiti to provide a "continuity of service" for communications in the aftermath of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Chair Julius Genachowski made the announcement after hearing from Conatel, the Haitian communications agency, that its headquarters had been destroyed and several staffers killed or injured. Genachowski also said U.S. communications companies are looking to help out as well. "Many companies have made significant offers of help, and urgent efforts are under way to coordinate and deliver assistance," he added. Meanwhile, pubstations are also stepping up. Among projects: KQED in San Francisco has a list of links to aid agencies, as does Oregon Public Broadcasting. WFUV, from Fordham University in New York City, has posted a Strike A Chord: Haiti campaign with links to information and opportunities to donate. And today is the last day listeners may contribute through WTMD at Towson University in Towson, Md., its Haiti fundraising drive wraps up at 8 p.m.

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