Trump’s FCC chair Ajit Pai is a busy guy. Every month or two, a new piece of the precious little public interest media regulation we have left, goes on the chopping block.
The current victims are governmental, educational and public channels given to local communities as a benefit for a monopoly on using the cable infrastructure.
The FCC’s proposed rules would let cable companies count in-kind benefits as payments towards franchise fees, basically taking a huge chunk out of the funds that pay for governmental and public access TV and forcing cities and counties to make up the difference out of their general funds, or reduce services.
Comcast doesn’t need a discount on the pitifully small amount they provide in public benefits in exchange for the rights of way.
So we need to say hell no.
File a comment here. Enter proceeding # 05-311.
Comment deadline closes on December 14.
Here are our comments Media Alliance Reply Comments 05-311
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