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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
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
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
Mar 7th, 2019
Dan B. from Abington, MA writes:
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Public Access TV, I am not afraid to say, is the only Free TV left. One of the only places where freedom of speech is happening. Kind of like Radio Free America only with pictures. The rest of the media is owned and controlled, even PBS. Public Access TV is the only place where people truly have access to a voice, A platform in which to speak in a country where people are supposedly free. The ruling Oligarchy would love to be rid or us and our opinions. That way they could truly rule the airwaves, or, rather, the fiber waves. Is this the end of America as we knew it? I feel bad for all those to come. Unless we wake up and do something about it.
Mar 7th, 2019
Clark R. from kingston, NY writes:
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My PEG Station gets no fund.. Franchise tax goes right into the general fund..
Mar 6th, 2019
Natalie L. from Belmont, MA writes:
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Please don’t defund this valuable resource! We love our local access station, Belmont Media Center!
Mar 6th, 2019
Someone from Belmont, MA writes:
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Save our community access channels!
Mar 5th, 2019
Jack C. from Rutland, VT writes:
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With local newspaper coverage diminished, our PEG TV local access channels provide valuable public affairs programming and other content not available elsewhere. We need to continue this source of community news and information.
Mar 5th, 2019
John S. from Arvada, CO signed.
Mar 3rd, 2019
Jennifer F. from Wallingford, CT signed.
Mar 2nd, 2019
Someone from Azusa, CA writes:
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The only place I can find positive local news is from my local peg funded channel. It is sometimes the only place I can find real news.
Mar 1st, 2019
Samuel G C. from Milton, VT writes:
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My local Peg Access TV station receives reports annually from the 7 rural and 1 suburban stations it serves. Results of annual surveys provide reports from viewers and communities served that a majority of local and regional information and news is provided by our local/regional access TV station. Please use your strong influence with the FCC to insure they make no decision that will reduce American Public Access Television--specifically a decision which will reduce contributions by American commercial cable television corporations.
Mar 1st, 2019
Someone from Valencia, CA signed.
Mar 1st, 2019
Someone from Pasadena, CA writes:
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Public Access is necessary for communities to thrive and provide insights on community happenings and if the Docket NR 05-311 takes affect financially and starve the local communities, all the work and effort will be in vain. We ask you to not reduce the monetary support to operate the PEG ACCESS CHANNELS across the US.
Feb 28th, 2019
Richard U. from Orleans, MA writes:
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Our local access station on Cape Cod not only provides local programming. They also televise candidates debates in local elections and public forums on current issues. In addition they provide training on using broadcast and other technology and skills. Cutting their funding would be a great mistake, and very short-sighted.
Feb 28th, 2019
Frederique R. from Belmont, MA writes:
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The proposed FCC rule will cause real harm to my community Belmont, and will cause irreparable harm to Belmont Media Center, our PEG channel provider, which provides free services and produces local programming for the Town of Belmont and Belmont Public Schools
Feb 27th, 2019
Thomas G. from Methuen, MA writes:
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This greedy money-grab must stop... the corp types already got a great size welfare check this year... public access is important to the community, and gets info out that no one else cares to cover (networks)... we need to keep it healthy and strong...
Feb 27th, 2019
Cecile P. from Lowell, MA writes:
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Public access TV is very important to keep us informed as to what is going on in our city. Not every one can attend city council meetings, and other city and/or government meetings. It is also important for coverage of local events such as city events, local sports, school events, graduations, etc. Please save local access TV>
Feb 27th, 2019
Deborah M. from Wellfleet, MA writes:
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Public access TV allows transparency of our local boards and their meetings. For those of us who cannot attend all of the meetings of our towns and committees on Cape Cod having these meetings aired is of great importance. Local news is disappearing from network TV, especially on the Cape. Knowledge is key to a community. We need this service. We cannot function in the dark.
Feb 26th, 2019
Mark A. from Bellingham, WA writes:
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I am an active user of Access Bellingham Television, which is the public access television channel for Bellingham, Washington. I wish that Congress would stop the FCC from trying to re-write the 1984 Cable Act to financially starve local communities and the public channels in its rule making Docket NR 05-311.
Feb 26th, 2019
Someone from Bellingham, WA writes:
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Taking the public out of Government bit by bit and making it easier to do things behind closed doors seems to be the way things are going these days. Aside from that the opportunity for people in local communities to have access to public television, and workshops to give them an outlet to have a voice of their own, and show what is going on in their community apart from what the increasingly corporate broadcast news is showing is shameful. It also gives people a chance to experiment and learn something they may not have the wherewithal to do otherwise. In a time where the have nots are growing day by day is this something we really want our government to stop providing when more money gets thrown at special interests?
Feb 26th, 2019
William J. from Bedford, NH writes:
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This is shocking and ludicrous. There is so much dependence in our community for the programming our PEG Channels provide to the community. Everything from sports, educational programming and government meetings to safety and emergency infomation in support of our Fire and Police Departments. In fact our safety services has the capability to override our channels with live programming from the Police and Fire Departments so viewers are getting critical emergency in a real live moment. Please don't listen to people who think PEG TV and our on line simultaneous streaming capability is still living in the 80"s and 90"s with "Wayne's World" Programming. We are all light years ahead. Taking money aways to provide these services is an unbelievable disservice for local programming. Pleasae vote against this change. It will be the death knell fol local community programming.
Feb 26th, 2019
Pamela S. from Wallingford, VT writes:
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Our organization depends on PEG for so many opportunities for promotion and sharing information about our programs and services.
Feb 26th, 2019
Pamela S. from Wallingford, VT writes:
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Our organization depends on PEG for so many opportunities for promotion and sharing information about our programs and services.
Feb 26th, 2019
Laury G. from Arlington, MA writes:
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We need public tv!
Feb 26th, 2019
Teri S. from Ortonville, MI writes:
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I strongly oppose the FCC's conclusions in the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making. Public Access TV is essential to the community as the recorders of community history. Major Market stations do not document the workings and history of individual communities. Public access is very important for transparency of governmental and local information as well as education in a democracy. It is an historic travesty to deprive communities of their freedom of speech, education and public interest information, and losing PEG funding will be it's cause. The commercial interests that use our public rights of way must give back to the community and PEG is how this has been done and very well should continue.
Feb 26th, 2019
Teri S. from Ortonville, MI writes:
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I strongly oppose the FCC's conclusions in the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making. Public Access TV is essential to the community as the recorders of community history. Major Market stations do not document the workings and history of individual communities. Public access is very important for transparency of governmental and local information as well as education in a democracy. It is an historic travesty to deprive communities of their freedom of speech, education and public interest information, and losing PEG funding will be it's cause. The commercial interests that use our public rights of way must give back to the community and PEG is how this has been done and very well should continue.
Feb 26th, 2019
Teri S. from Ortonville, MI writes:
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I strongly oppose the FCC's conclusions in the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making. Public Access TV is essential to the community as the recorders of community history. Major Market stations do not document the workings and history of individual communities. Public access is very important for transparency of governmental and local information as well as education in a democracy. It is an historic travesty to deprive communities of their freedom of speech, education and public interest information, and losing PEG funding will be it's cause. The commercial interests that use our public rights of way must give back to the community and PEG is how this has been done and very well should continue.
Feb 25th, 2019
John M. from Pawlet, VT writes:
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Public access is very important for transparency and information and education in a democracy. Please continue funding for our local public access PEGTV out of Rutland VT.
Feb 25th, 2019
John M. from Pawlet, VT writes:
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Public access is very important for transparency and information and education in a democracy. Please continue funding for our local public access PEGTV out of Rutland VT.
Feb 25th, 2019
John M. from Pawlet, VT writes:
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Public access is very important for transparency and information and education in a democracy. Please continue funding for our local public access PEGTV out of Rutland VT.
Feb 24th, 2019
Roberta E. from West Hartford, CT writes:
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An informed public makes for a free America.
Feb 24th, 2019
Thomas A. K. from Somerville, MA writes:
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I am a strong supporter of community access and open media. Please keep our historically important public sphere of critical debate open, accessible and resourced.
Feb 24th, 2019
Joann W. from Pompton Plains, NJ signed.
Feb 24th, 2019
Someone from Wallingford, CT writes:
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#freemanrule
Feb 23rd, 2019
Doug H. from Somerville, MA signed.
Feb 22nd, 2019
Rich M. from Wallingford, CT writes:
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The commercial interests that use our public rights of way must give back to the community. PEG is how this is done and should continue. It is a vital part of free speech. I would support public dollar matching contribution to fees already collected to help offset declining subscribers.
Feb 22nd, 2019
Eric D. from Farmington, CT writes:
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I strongly oppose the FCC's conclusions in the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making. I fully support the filed Comments of the Cable Act Preservation Alliance (“CAPA”) and the CT Alliance for Community Media. If limitations are needed to stop “end-run fee caps”, it cannot be at the expense of PEGs. If you rule against PEGs, you will reverse the intention of the 1984 Cable Act to enhance local voices, serve local viewers and strengthen local democracy. If you define “in-kind” support in such a broad fashion, the rule making will force the State of CT to choose between franchise fees and PEG channels. The local presence of the PEGs in CT encourage viewers in its cities and towns to watch cable television as was intended by the 1984 Cable Act. DO NOT ALLOW cable operators to reduce franchise fee support for PEGs.
Feb 22nd, 2019
Mark N. from Keene, NH signed.
Feb 21st, 2019
Peter F. from Pasadena, CA signed.
Feb 21st, 2019
Paul L. from Mansfield, MA writes:
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I oppose any change to the FCC proposes for changing/rewriting of the 1984 Cable Act. Many fo our local communities in Southeast Mass. (Foxboro, Mansfield and many other communities around) enjoy our local television and the local High School games and local programming provided by local talent at all levels of experitise.

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