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Stop the FCC from Defunding PEG Channels

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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).
Public Comments
Apr 11th, 2019
Parvin M. from Fresno, CA writes:
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Very important to ensure our voice is heard locally!
Apr 11th, 2019
Ian S. from Clovis, CA writes:
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Very important to keep close communication and ensure our voice is heard locally!
Apr 11th, 2019
Someone from Kingsburg, CA writes:
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A desire to cut funding for these programs only makes clear a vested interest in eliminating one of the critical voices of the people. It's not about money. It's about keeping us down for the preservation of power. Programs like these are vital.
Apr 10th, 2019
will f. from Fresno, CA writes:
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Public Access television is vital and necessary to 21st century democracy. Don’t undercut it.
Apr 10th, 2019
will f. from Fresno, CA writes:
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Public Access television is vital and necessary to 21st century democracy. Don’t undercut it.
Apr 10th, 2019
will f. from Fresno, CA writes:
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Public Access television is vital and necessary to 21st century democracy. Don’t undercut it.
Apr 10th, 2019
will f. from Fresno, CA writes:
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Public Access television is vital and necessary to 21st century democracy. Don’t undercut it.
Apr 10th, 2019
will f. from Fresno, CA writes:
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Public Access television is vital and necessary to 21st century democracy. Don’t undercut it.
Apr 9th, 2019
Barbara G. from Carrboro, NC writes:
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I have been involved in Public Access TV in North Carolina, working on shows as varied as county government, senior issues, local music, and others. Volunteers receive training that may enable them to enter the work sector with their new skills. What's not to like?
Apr 9th, 2019
Will H. from Gloucester, MA writes:
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I volunteer doing sound at Gloucester's local public access station. We do a show covering musical artists of all ages on Cape Ann, MA. Please let us continue. It's a great resource.
Apr 9th, 2019
Melanie G. from Quincy, MA writes:
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I host a children’s tv show on local access tv so I know first hand how much these programs mean to our community. Please preserve these vital programs.
Apr 9th, 2019
Melanie G. from Quincy, MA writes:
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I host a children’s tv show on local access tv so I know first hand how much these programs mean to our community. Please preserve these vital programs.
Apr 7th, 2019
Someone from Milton, MA writes:
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PEGs serve as a vital component to a community's ability to gain transparency from its local government and to provide locally-produced programming that is of interest to local viewers.
Apr 6th, 2019
Deb K. from Stevens Point, WI writes:
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PEG channels are a way for local organizations to share important information with all members of the community. They truly provide equal access for all.
Apr 6th, 2019
Deb K. from Stevens Point, WI writes:
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PEG channels are a way for local organizations to share important information with all members of the community. They truly provide equal access for all.
Apr 5th, 2019
Davita C. from Dayton, OH writes:
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PEG channels provide positive content for the community. There are plenty of other services that need oversight. Cable access is for the local community. Let the FCC focus on government issues, as we see there is no accountability or monitoring of the current administrations problems
Apr 2nd, 2019
Ant R. from Upper Darby, PA writes:
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Look around! Think again! You will find something else to defund. Not PEG Channels!
Apr 1st, 2019
Annah S. from Edwards, CO writes:
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You must not cut funding for such a vital local service!!! DO NOT CUT FUNDING!
Apr 1st, 2019
Annah S. from Edwards, CO writes:
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You must not cut funding for such a vital local service!!! DO NOT CUT FUNDING!
Apr 1st, 2019
Annah S. from Edwards, CO writes:
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You must not cut funding for such a vital local service!!! DO NOT CUT FUNDING!
Mar 30th, 2019
Karen L. from Coventry, CT writes:
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PEG is an important way to get information out to the community! DO NOT cut funding!
Mar 30th, 2019
Karen L. from Coventry, CT writes:
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PEG is an important way to get information out to the community! DO NOT cut funding!
Mar 29th, 2019
Kevin L. from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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FREE SPEECH SHOULD NEVER STOP OR LOSE MONEY ITS NEEDED.
Mar 28th, 2019
Ariel T. from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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Don't stop the funding -Kara Thompkins
Mar 28th, 2019
Ariel T. from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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Don't stop the funding -Kara Thompkins
Mar 28th, 2019
Ariel T. from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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We need continued funding to public radio so that all voices can be heard.
Mar 28th, 2019
Ariel T. from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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Phillycam share voices from the community
Mar 28th, 2019
Lakia Shavon L. from East Hartford, CT writes:
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FCC, the local stations and its shows. Play a critical role in, the broadcast world.
Mar 28th, 2019
Someone from Oxford, MI writes:
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Local cable stations provide the news and information relevant to our communities that the so called "local" network stations don't/won't.
Mar 21st, 2019
Anita C. from Cardiff By The Sea, CA writes:
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Having access to true stories about our neighborhoods and government is essential. They are NOT fake news stations!!!
Mar 15th, 2019
Laura G. from Davis, CA writes:
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Now more than ever, in this era of "fake news" and the social media tech giants, we need independent, local, non-commercial media. DMA is that space in our community and the FCC must not be allowed to jeopardize it and other PEG access channels.
Mar 13th, 2019
Glen K. from Davis, CA writes:
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Don't let the FCC remove the public from public airwaves. Please support local media and PEG access channels.
Mar 13th, 2019
Rob S. from Simsbury, CT writes:
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Public Community TV is an asset to the town allowing local activity available to everyone, young and old. The loss of funding from the cable companies would be major loss to the community. Don't let this loss happen.
Mar 13th, 2019
Ferg J. from West Simsbury, CT writes:
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PUblic access is our only local news outlet with demise of newspapers. Please support!
Mar 13th, 2019
Paul H. from Simsbury, CT writes:
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Public Television provides a valuable service to the local communities. It is the only way to view the meetings of town boards and commissions. Local sports teams have their games televised, as well as other current events. Our station carries content on three channels, as well as on Youtube and Facebook. The vast majority of funding for community broadcasting comes from the cable companies. If the FCC re-writes the 1984 cable act, funding will disappear and so will the community stations. The defunding of PEG channels must be reconsidered.
Mar 13th, 2019
Someone from Simsbury, CT writes:
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Public access provides information vital for an informed citizenry. It also creates communit. Too often local events are not covered by any other media outlet. As our population ages it is even more important to provide access to local events, meetings so all can stay involved in their communities.
Mar 13th, 2019
Lynne N. from Davis, CA writes:
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It is vital to our community that everyone has access to local decision-making. We cannot all attend the plethora of public meetings, so we rely on the public access channels, which are entirely apolitical, to stay caught up. I strongly oppose the proposed changes to the FCC that would change or rewrite the 1984 Cable Act and thus harm the public.
Mar 12th, 2019
Ira B. from Davis, CA writes:
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I oppose any change to the FCC proposes for changing/rewriting of the 1984 Cable Act. It's important to remember that public access channels provide an important window to local decision making by providing access to those who may find it difficult to attend local government meetings. These channels are apolitical, access is provided to all regardless of political affiliation.
Mar 12th, 2019
M.C. F. from North Hollywood, CA writes:
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Public Access is a blessing. It provides opportunities for growth in local communities, platforms to birth new ideas and education in production, which, because of social media and growing technology, has become a booming industry! At minimum, it aides local leaders with addressing concerns of the community. In a world that’s changing so fast, it provides programs that feature materials that keeps things relevant, a canvas where expression can be heard free of interference and the power to help dreams be seen. It brings members of communities together and gives voice to their soul through the tools of production . Public Access is truly a treasure!
Mar 8th, 2019
John M. from Wakefield, MA writes:
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Our local cable tv provides many things to our community. It interns students from our schools. It helps non profit organizations such Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We have programs for shut ins , disabled and seniors.we have had church services for all that can’t attend. Our local station helps with programs informative about health and tips to protect against health issues. We have programs that help nonprofit organizations increase their memberships and their financial status. We have local and state programs about government. We provide PSA for all that is needed. We are providing jobs to people and that is possible through the quality of programming we offer. We are the only outlet for many citizens. Big time cable providers paying fees is a blessing not only to our community but many other. We are blessed to have the funds from them to keep improving our quality in all aspects of our station. In the short of things it would be hurting us more than it would help. FCC should always look into making things better for communication not making it worse. We don’t want to end up with less employees, less programs and faulty equipment. We have a strong community with much pride. Please don’t take away from that. Thanks

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