The Federal Communications Commission is considering rule changes that would potentially alter, at cable operators' discretion, the terms of the agreements between cable operators and towns. The FCC's rule change would allow cable operators to treat funding for cable-related costs as “in-kind” donations. This means they would deduct an undefined amount from monies that traditionally have gone to community media. Under the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 (amended in 1992), towns in Massachusetts can collect a franchise fee in exchange for cable's use of public right's of way. This franchise fee may be up to 5% of the cable operators' Gross Annual Revenues (GAR) assessed to cable subscribers and utilized for Public, Education and Government (PEG) access programming and channels.
We need your help! Tell the FCC that you oppose the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Docket #05-311. Let them know how important local television is in your community and how has impacted you. The deadline is November 14th!
Your comments will take a few days to post to the FCC website and you should get an email verifying that they received your comments. We will update this page as we get additional information.