Stop the FCC from Defunding PEG Channels

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).

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Public Comments (136)
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!

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