This panel takes a variety of approaches to some of the connections made by public media – with each other, with their audiences, and with the societies they serve. The presentations examine issues involved in the establishment of communication networks, the development and distribution of content, and some of the public policy issues that confront public media enterprises. The panel will explore the implications of these issues for the future of public media providers and audiences. Moderator: Robert K. Avery, University of Utah John Armstrong, Furman University; Public broadcasting and tax dollars: An endangered connection? Alison Perlman, University of California-Irvine; Speech rights, politics, and public media: The case of Alabama Public Television Josh Shepperd, The Catholic University of America; The University Broadcasting Council of Chicago: The first ‘public’ broadcasting network, 1935-1939. Michael Marcotte, University of Nevada, Reno; Sandra K. Evans, University of Southern California/Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Fostering innovation and collaboration through connections among public media organizations Michael Huntsberger, Linfield College; Community media on Twitter: Global connections for local channels.