The FCC is soliciting comments on a proposal that would allow telephone companies and other video service providers to skip seeking local agreements with cities and towns before they can do business. These agreements, called franchises, are what currently protect the funding and channels for public, educational, and governmental access. We are asking our supporters to file comments with the FCC by February 13th!
Here’s how to do it: If you are a CCTV member, write some brief comments about your relationship to CCTV. Describe what you do here and how important it is to you. If you are a viewer, describe how important local public (Channels 9, 10, and 22), educational (Channels 98 and 99), and governmental (Channel 8) access channels are to your community. In either case, explain that you are concerned that CCTV and local channels will be threatened if video service providers are not required to negotiate directly with cities and towns.
Once you have prepared your comments, click here to file them. You will be asked to fill out a cover sheet; the Proceeding Number is 05-311. After filling out the cover sheet, you can go to the bottom of the form and paste in your comments. Please also email your comments to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors).
If you would like to read a letter sent by a long time community media figure and CCTV staff member, John Donovan has published his comments for you to read as well. If you want assistance writing your comments or help with the online form, come to CCTV we can walk you through this at the public kiosk computers or in computerCENTRAL.