Stop the FCC from Defunding PEG Channels

The FCC is proposing to redefine what a franchise fee is - and it will radically reduce the level of monetary support available to run PEG access channels across the United States.

PEG access channels provide government coverage that allows transparency so citizens can monitor local government actions - something vital to the health of local democracy.

PEG access channels provide local content in communities that are not served by the broadcast industry and are increasingly under-served by newspapers. They help prevent "media deserts" in towns and cities across the US and ensure diversity of opinion at the local level.

Congress should stop the FCC from trying to re-write the 1984 Cable Act to financially starve local communities and our PEG channels in its rule-making (Docket NR 05-311).

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Public Comments (49)
11 hours ago
Elizabeth d. from Yonkers, NY writes:
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Airwaves belong to the people first.
11 hours ago
Elizabeth d. from Yonkers, NY writes:
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Airwaves belong to the people first.
1 day ago
Someone from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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The rule is wrong, The FCC commissioner should be removed.
1 day ago
Beth S. from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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It is imperative for our democracy to keep funding for local access stations. For some this is their only means to see and hear about local issues!
1 day ago
Eric C. from Providence, RI writes:
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Please protect our democracy.
1 day ago
Joseph M. from Mahopac, NY writes:
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There is no freedom of speech without public access.
1 day ago
Robert V. from Yonkers, NY writes:
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This nation can't tolerate the current trend of government and corporate suppression of public communication. Indeed, the government should be facilitating PEG access channels!
1 day ago
Christine D. from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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Public Access TV is essential to the community. The Government cuts funding on the wrong programs.
1 day ago
Someone from Cheshire, MA writes:
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The government cuts funding on the wrong programs , there is not much quality tv left so why take this away?
1 day ago
Someone from Mamaroneck, NY signed.

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