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FCC Threat to Community Television

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! 

Click here to submit your comments to the FCC and Click "+Express". Please use a computer (people have errors when using a cell phone or tablet).

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.

FCC Rule Change Threatens Community Media

FCC Proposed Rule Change Threatens Local Channel Funding

Ideas of things to include in your comments to the FCC:

What will happen to your NONPROFIT if PACTV goes away? Tell the FCC that PACTV has helped you: 

  • Promote your event
  • Serve more people
  • Get volunteers
  • Raise funding

CLICK HERE to let the FCC know how PACTV has impacted your organization and community.  (Click on +Express to submit your comments. )

If you are a part of local government or work for a town department or on a board or committee. Tell the FCC that PACTV: 

  • Covers over 350 meetings a year - helping local government be more transparent
  • Works with local, state and county officials to inform the public about events and information
  • Makes people feel more connected to their neighbors and their town. 

CLICK HERE to let the FCC know how PACTV has impacted your organization and community.  (Click on +Express to submit your comments. )

If you are a PRODUCER, MEMBER OR VOLUNTEER: What will happen if PACTV goes away? 

  • What have you learned at PACTV and what has PACTV enabled you to do?
  • Who have you helped because of your show on PACTV?
  • How has PACTV changed your life? 

CLICK HERE to let the FCC know how PACTV has impacted your town  (Type 05-311 in "Proceedings")

If you are a VIEWER - how do PACTV's services benefit you? 

  • Do you watch local meetings on TV or on PACTV's Video on Demand?
  • Do you watch parades, school events or local programs? 
  • Do you want PACTV Community News to learn about what is happening in your community?

CLICK HERE to make your comments to the FCC (Type 05-311 in "Proceedings"

If you are a TEACHER, STUDENT or PARENT who has been part of PACTV: How has PACTV impacted you or your child's (or student's) life? 

  • What did you learn at PACTV?
  • How did being a part of PACTV change your life
  • What will be lost if PACTV goes away?

CLICK HERE to let the FCC know how PACTV has impacted your organization and community.  (Click on +Express to submit your comments. )

Read the Proposed FCC Policy Change Here: 

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-18-131A1.pdf