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 (210)
20 minutes ago
ETHAN M. from Philadelphia, PA signed.
Jun 17th at 1:33 pm
Jenny Y. from Wadsworth, OH writes:
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I’m a videographer in Wadsworth, Ohio who produces local content for small businesses and many of those business use WCTV to continue promoting those videos because we have this opportunity available — I was nominated for an award because of a video that was played on WCTV, proof people are seeing the content, these message and people are watching! It would be a great disservice to our community if those in our town who have access to WCTV, who produce for WCTV and who work for WCTV were forced with limitations because it suddenly doesn’t feel important to YOU. Spend a moment in the shoes of hard working individuals living in a hard working community and understand that just because YOU, Government/FCC, are not watching or personally affected by this, that many other communities will be. We work hard to make Wadsworth, Ohio a fantastic place to live and WCTV has a huge part in that! It is a source for local fun and information. Knock it off. PEG is alive and well FCC.
1 day ago
Christine T. from Wadsworth, OH writes:
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My young daughter and I have been involved in our community TV station, WCTV in Wadsworth, OH for the past 6 years. We’ve both been provided many opportunities to grow and get involved in our town. Children learn through the influences of media and Community TV provides a vital positive impact by encouraging their involvement, highlighting their accomplishments and showing the many events happening in their city. A strong sense of belonging creates solid communities which thrive economically. As a taxpayer, I am proud contribute to this worthwhile institution as opposed having a tax cut. While it may seem like reducing funding for PEG channels saves money, the ripple effect of the long term impact would be detrimental to everyone.
Jun 8th, 2019
Mako L. from Fresno, CA writes:
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Don't be fooled ! 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.
Jun 1st, 2019
Patty H. from Fort Wayne, IN writes:
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Here in Fort Wayne, Indiana... I am a TV Producer/Hostess of "Patty's Page TV Show." My show airs out of Access Fort Wayne TV Station... my audience is seen throughout the world... one being on Local Cable TV, Channels 25 and 27... we are also streamed online at the same time my episodes are aired... and with permission, I always asked my guests, to put my shows on Youtube... I reach people around the Globe... I do believe my shows are needed for my community and the rest of the world... I share with my audience what is good and decent for them to watch... without this platform, we wouldn't have free speech.
May 21st, 2019
Someone from Kalamazoo, MI writes:
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Please Stop the FCC from defunding our Peg Channels And Local Public access Channels
May 21st, 2019
Someone from Kalamazoo, MI writes:
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Please Stop the FCC from defunding our Peg Channels And Local Public access Channels
May 14th, 2019
Asiatic M. from Durham, NC writes:
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Public Access give Producer Like myself who want to remain Independent the chance to service the people of our community giving them the information that they need to know about what is happening in there area.
May 12th, 2019
Alec H. from Durham, NC writes:
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Public access provides information vital for an informed citizenry. It also creates community. 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.
May 11th, 2019
Janice H. from Fort Wayne, IN writes:
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Our PEG channels serve the public. So few things do. We need these resources in all communities.

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