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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feb 21st, 2019
Noel C. from Kula, HI writes:
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Maui County depends on our PEG access channels to deliver County Government to our three island County. Please stop this Trump FCC from robbing the funds from our PEG Channels.
Feb 21st, 2019
Noel C. from Kula, HI writes:
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Maui County depends on our PEG access channels to deliver County Government to our three island County. Please stop this Trump FCC from robbing the funds from our PEG Channels.
Feb 21st, 2019
CARL S. from San Diego, CA signed.
Feb 20th, 2019
Alan E. from Foxboro, MA writes:
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I do not support any changes by the FCC that will reduce the level of monetary support for local access community cable.
Feb 20th, 2019
Alan E. from Foxboro, MA writes:
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I do not support any changes by the FCC that will reduce the level of monetary support for local access community cable.
Feb 20th, 2019
Alan E. from Foxboro, MA writes:
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I do not support any changes by the FCC that will reduce the level of monetary support for local access community cable.
Feb 20th, 2019
Charlotte N. from Bristol, CT writes:
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I fully support the filed Comments of the Cable Act Preservation Alliance (“CAPA”) and the CT Alliance for Community Media.
Feb 20th, 2019
Joanie S. from Farmington, CT writes:
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I strongly oppose the FCCs conclusions and I support the filed Comments of the Cable Act Preservation Alliance (“CAPA”). If limitations need to be set to stop “end-run fee caps”, it cannot be at the expense of PEGs which are not the problem. The local presence of the PEG in my area encourages viewers in our central CT region of eight cities and towns to watch cable television as was intended by the 1984 Cable Act – by enhancing local voices, serving local viewers and strengthening our local democracy. By defining “in-kind” support in an overly broad fashion, the rule making will shift the fair balance between local and state authorities and cable operators and will force communities to choose between franchise fees and PEG channels which was never the intent of the Act. By allowing cable operators to reduce franchise fee support for local communities if they opt for local channels, the FNPRM diminishes the ability of PEG channels to serve communities such as ours. PLEASE...we ask that it not be adopted.
Feb 20th, 2019
Greg O. from Vineyard Haven, MA writes:
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MVTV is a huge asset to all the towns of Martha's Vineyard. It's programming informs, entertains and educates the year round and seaonal residents of our community. They provide service to the schools, the elderly and the young, and the community would suffer were their funding to be eliminated and if the the staff needed to spend large portions of the week into constant fund raising rather than creating quality programming and performing community outreach.
Feb 20th, 2019
Steve V. from Fairhaven, MA writes:
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PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, & GOVERNMENT access TV is an extremely important cornerstone to Free Speech and Democracy! PEG provides a voice to those and about issues, not covered by commercial media. PEG provides training and experience in producing local programs, and an opportunity to consider careers in journalism to students, while learning Media Literacy. PEG provides knowledge and participation in local government, to those unable to attend public meetings. PEG is a HUGE bargain for a miniscule fee that does not cost Media Corporations a dime. Keep PEG part of what makes America Great!
Feb 20th, 2019
Steve V. from Fairhaven, MA writes:
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PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, & GOVERNMENT access TV is an extremely important cornerstone to Free Speech and Democracy! PEG provides a voice to those and about issues, not covered by commercial media. PEG provides training and experience in producing local programs, and an opportunity to consider careers in journalism to students, while learning Media Literacy. PEG provides knowledge and participation in local government, to those unable to attend public meetings. PEG is a HUGE bargain for a miniscule fee that does not cost Media Corporations a dime. Keep PEG part of what makes America Great!
Feb 20th, 2019
Peter M. from Norway, ME writes:
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PEG stations provide a valuable role in the community by being a resource for the public to learn skills and produce local programming. PEG stations provide a vital service to the communities by giving access to the residents who may not be able to attend public events such as Government meetings, Graduations and local events. If Passed the FCC rulings could make it impossible for PEG stations to exist.
Feb 20th, 2019
Suzanna N. from Edgartown, 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 Martha’s Vineyard Having these meetings aired is of great importance
Feb 20th, 2019
Suzanna N. from Edgartown, 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 Martha’s Vineyard Having these meetings aired is of great importance
Feb 20th, 2019
Suzanna N. from Edgartown, 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 Martha’s Vineyard Having these meetings aired is of great importance
Feb 20th, 2019
Someone from Wappingers Falls, NY writes:
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I've been a public access coordinator for a very long time. Access is very important to get the views an opinions out from groups that would not necessarily be heard. Please keep the PEG channels.
Feb 19th, 2019
Amos K. from South Easton, MA writes:
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This is a needed function in the community.
Feb 19th, 2019
Evelyn M. from Hanover, NH writes:
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Please preserve this vital public service & resource!
Feb 19th, 2019
Mary N. from Hartford, VT writes:
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Please preserve this treasured resource! We depend on it to watch tapes of our local government activities (selectboard meetings, school board meetings, other town groups) so that we can vote responsibly.
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
Someone from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 19th, 2019
John-Jay S. from Albany, NY writes:
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ALBANY NY Needs PUPLIC TV PROG. by the Library! Most community programs have HIGH quality!
Feb 18th, 2019
Andrea D. from Cambridge, MA writes:
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Congress! Stop the FCC from starving our public, educational, and governmental channels! We need public tv.
Feb 18th, 2019
Andrea D. from Cambridge, MA writes:
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Congress! Stop the FCC from starving our public, educational, and governmental channels! We need public tv.
Feb 18th, 2019
Catherine H. from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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Please keep local programming alive and well! Do not starve our excellent LMCTV!
Feb 17th, 2019
Elizabeth d. from Yonkers, NY writes:
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Airwaves belong to the people first.
Feb 17th, 2019
Elizabeth d. from Yonkers, NY writes:
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Airwaves belong to the people first.
Feb 17th, 2019
Someone from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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The rule is wrong, The FCC commissioner should be removed.
Feb 17th, 2019
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!

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