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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 13th, 2019
Scott M. from Quincy, MA writes:
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PEG fees are provided by the citizens in each community who pay for cable television. The fee guarantees each citizen in their community will have fair and equal access to a channel that will provide local government meeting coverage, local education and student activity coverage, and public access to a television station for workshops, skills training, program development, and production for the citizens in that community. This is the most important local civic tool and resource in every community throughout the country. Don't let the FCC silence every local community in the country by charging back services to reduce and remove the citizen's fees supporting these significant and vital platforms for freedom of speech and civic engagement.
Feb 12th, 2019
Patrick S. from Chelmsford, MA writes:
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PEG funding is essential to community engagement with local government and town administration, this is literally the conduit through which the public has access to their local town government operations, and elected representatives, without it you remove the primary method through which citizens can observe and monitor their elected officials
Feb 12th, 2019
Patrick S. from Chelmsford, MA writes:
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PEG funding is essential to community engagement with local government and town administration, this is literally the conduit through which the public has access to their local town government operations, and elected representatives, without it you remove the primary method through which citizens can observe and monitor their elected officials
Feb 12th, 2019
Patrick S. from Chelmsford, MA writes:
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PEG funding is essential to community engagement with local government and town administration, this is literally the conduit through which the public has access to their local town government operations, and elected representatives, without it you remove the primary method through which citizens can observe and monitor their elected officials
Feb 12th, 2019
Patrick S. from Chelmsford, MA writes:
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PEG funding is essential to community engagement with local government and town administration, this is literally the conduit through which the public has access to their local town government operations, and elected representatives, without it you remove the primary method through which citizens can observe and monitor their elected officials
Feb 12th, 2019
Patrick S. from Chelmsford, MA writes:
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PEG funding is essential to community engagement with local government and town administration, this is literally the conduit through which the public has access to their local town government operations, and elected representatives, without it you remove the primary method through which citizens can observe and monitor their elected officials
Feb 12th, 2019
Patrick S. from Chelmsford, MA writes:
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PEG funding is essential to community engagement with local government and town administration, this is literally the conduit through which the public has access to their local town government operations, and elected representatives, without it you remove the primary method through which citizens can observe and monitor their elected officials
Feb 12th, 2019
Someone from Buzzards Bay, MA writes:
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We need funding for local public access channels to cover local events, local schools and local government meetings. Without PEG stations none of this will covered on TV and usually shared on social media sites like Facebook & You Tube.
Feb 12th, 2019
Someone from Buzzards Bay, MA writes:
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We need funding for local public access channels to cover local events, local schools and local government meetings. Without PEG stations none of this will covered on TV and usually shared on social media sites like Facebook & You Tube.
Feb 12th, 2019
George C. from Manchester, NH writes:
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Many people rely on local cable access for information going on in their town. Please save local voices.
Feb 12th, 2019
Patricia S. from Sagamore Beach, MA writes:
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Save public access tv
Feb 12th, 2019
Patricia S. from Sagamore Beach, MA writes:
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Save public access tv
Feb 12th, 2019
Patricia S. from Sagamore Beach, MA writes:
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Save public access tv
Feb 12th, 2019
Christine W. from Monterey, CA writes:
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Dear Congressman Panetta, As the Executive Director of Access Monterey Peninsula, Monterey County's Community Media Center and PEG channel operator, I implore you to help us fight against the proposed FCC ruling which, if passed, will drastically cut our funding and threaten our 20 year existence on the peninsula. Thank you, Christine

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