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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 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!
Feb 17th, 2019
Eric C. from Providence, RI writes:
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Please protect our democracy.
Feb 17th, 2019
Joseph M. from Mahopac, NY writes:
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There is no freedom of speech without public access.
Feb 16th, 2019
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!
Feb 16th, 2019
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.
Feb 16th, 2019
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?
Feb 16th, 2019
Someone from Mamaroneck, NY signed.
Feb 16th, 2019
Michael C. from New Rochelle, NY writes:
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Public access TV is an essential part of our community. We are local and media monopolies should not get a free ride to the disadvantage of our community .
Feb 16th, 2019
Deborah W. from Montrose, NY signed.
Feb 16th, 2019
Phyllis S. from Manhasset, NY writes:
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My Manhasset Community relies on local stories on our Public Access TV channel. We will need it more as print newspapers become extinct. Funding should not be decreased for this essential service.
Feb 16th, 2019
Jane D. from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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We need public access channels for our community to stay informed. DO NOT DECREASE FUNDING.
Feb 16th, 2019
Nancy C W. from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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Public access TV more important than ever . Do not defund. Increase funding.
Feb 16th, 2019
Someone from Taunton, MA writes:
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PEG access allows local citizens access to programs of interest that effect their daily lives.
Feb 16th, 2019
Someone from Larchmont, NY signed.
Feb 16th, 2019
Jean F. from Yarmouth Port, MA writes:
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Public Access TV is more important now than ever-
Feb 15th, 2019
Cassie B. from Grand Rapids, MI signed.
Feb 15th, 2019
Robert J. from East Taunton, MA writes:
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Since 2006, I have been the president of Taunton Community Access & Media Incorporated, in Taunton, Massachusetts. We are our city's access television station, and have made tremendous strides in building a state of the art studio. The FCC will essentially destroy our work with the passage of their proposed changes in funding. Do NOT let that happen. The public is entitled to be able to see their government in action, and comment on what they are doing. The PEG channels give residents that opportunity. When government is no longer transparent, who do they answer to? Save the operations of PEG channels in every city across the country.
Feb 15th, 2019
Eluzabeth zabeth C. from Winchester, MA writes:
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Public Access Television provides coverage of local governmental meetings and more. It is critical to informing the public as to proposed local legislation from local boards. This would be a loss to Boards who often have difficulty communication with local citizens in the community.
Feb 15th, 2019
Eluzabeth zabeth C. from Winchester, MA writes:
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Public Access Television provides coverage of local governmental meetings and more. It is critical to informing the public as to proposed local legislation from local boards. This would be a loss to Boards who often have difficulty communication with local citizens in the community.
Feb 15th, 2019
Janice H. from Fort Wayne, IN writes:
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Public and locally originated TV content is how an evolved citizenship communicates on a grass roots level to educate, entertain. And inform their community. Keep it whole.! Democracy needs local.
Feb 15th, 2019
Someone from Arlington, MA writes:
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This will be the death of local access. Stop the FCC from defunding our PEG stations. PEGF is the true voice of the people, do not stifle it.
Feb 15th, 2019
Edwin L. from Providence, RI signed.
Feb 15th, 2019
Samuel K. from Arlington, MA signed.
Feb 15th, 2019
Kimberly M. from Taunton, MA writes:
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I am the Executive Director of TCAM TV (Public Access for Taunton, MA). Our funding allows us to offer many things to the Taunton community, including assisting many area non-profits to get out the word about what they can offer to citizens in need . We air many city events for those who cannot make it, including live Candidate's Forums and Christmas events. FREE Teen Video Camps are hosted by us in the summer to 30 plus students per year, for children who are interested in video production and we also offer free training classes for adults. Taunton residents are able to express their voices through the many cable access TV shows on TCAM TV that are hosted by citizens of Taunton. Cutting our funding would cut back on the services that we could offer and lead to an eventual closing of the studio. Funding is crucial for us to continue operating as we are now and continue providing these services to the community.
Feb 15th, 2019
James H. from Williston, VT writes:
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PEG stations across our nation are an important part of our democracy. Their funding is vital to continue keeping diverse voices being able to express themselves.
Feb 15th, 2019
Loretta A. from White River Junction, VT writes:
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This will be the death of local access. Stop the FCC from defunding our PEG stations.
Feb 14th, 2019
Matt S. from Mamaroneck, NY writes:
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Funding for media and access centers across the country is reliant upon money from the cable franchise fees. These centers allow communities to communicate, build, and thrive in an ever-changing media landscape. Without funding for these valuable institutions, the educational, business, non-profit, and social fabric of our communities will suffer a severe blow. These centers also allow for transparent democracy, holding our elected leaders responsible and creating an on-going dialog between local officials and their constituents. Please do not allow the Second FNPRM to pass.
Feb 14th, 2019
Paul T. from Cambridge, MA signed.
Feb 13th, 2019
Meghan S. from Framingham, 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 13th, 2019
Peter C. from Ashland, MA writes:
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Public Access is true localism. It is the real news. Please protect Community Media Centers across the Country . Please allow it to thrive.
Feb 13th, 2019
David H. from Framingham, MA writes:
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Public access is the heart of a community . It’s LOCAL at a time when other media is disconnected. It’s why I continue to subscribe to cable and not cut the cord!
Feb 13th, 2019
Bryan H. from Fresno, CA signed.
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

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