The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering rule changes that 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 municipalities and eventually community media centers across the country. This rule change would eliminate a major source of funding from centers and centers having to close their doors.

MassAccess is working to fight this proposed rule change. We are connecting with  elected officials at the local, state and federal level to unite them in the fight against this proposed rule change.  Click here to learn more about what MassAccess is doing on this matter.

This is a historic piece of policy and we ask you to voice your concern.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Submit a comment to the FCC (before the deadline: Wednesday, 11/14 at midnight) in three easy steps:

  1. Visit the FCC’s website at the following link: FCC filing #05-311
  2. Click on ‘+ Express ‘
  3. Fill in your information

Comments you might share could include:

  • My involvement as a volunteer at the local media center has allowed me to…
  • Community media has raised the visibility of my organization by…
  • As a community leader, I see the value of community media…
  • I have benefited from watching locally-produced programming because…
  • My children/students have gained skills utilizing our community media center…

MassAccess will continue to track and share additional information as this policy advances through the FCC process; if you need any additional information, please contact us.

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