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Posted on: December 3, 2018

#SaveCommunityMedia

The FCC has proposed policy that could eliminate a major source of funding and could result in community media centers closing their doors in every community across the country; this includes our local center MetroEast https://metroeast.org/

The policy would change the “franchise fee” structure that has been in place since the 1980s, and would allow the cable companies to charge cities for access to historically “in-kind” resources such as cable channels, I-net services, and access to their system to deliver content to people’s homes. This would cost our local governments millions of dollars, and would force them to choose whether supporting community media is more valuable than the millions of dollars of lost revenue. Cities all over the country are preparing to fight this legislation. 

This policy could eliminate the free access that community media centers provide citizens to create their own media and broadcast it over the cable system. One of our most powerful, most democratic local resources could be lost. For more information, please visit metroeast.org/fcc

To voice your concern submit a comment to the FCC before December 14:  Visit the FCC website at Bit.ly/SaveCommunityMedia - click on ‘ Express’. 
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