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Stop the FCC From Gutting CCTV

Stop the FCC From Gutting CCTV

Make your voice heard in support of community media

  • Posted on: 26 November 2018
  • By: Susan

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to give cable companies a big gift this holiday season: a pass at paying for the use of our streets to run their wires into our homes. The fees that Comcast pays to the City of Cambridge are used to support CCTV. If those payments go away, so will the Youth Media Program, media production training, special classes for seniors, nonprofits, and City agencies, coverage of local issues and events, and the production of thousands of hours of unique local programming.

This is the time to make your voice heard by filing comments with the FCC opposing this change. Follow the steps below. Please hurry, the deadline for comments is December 14. It will just take a few moments of your time to register your opposition to this plan.

1. Write a brief letter, starting with this opening:


The Honorable Ajit Pai, Chairman
The Honorable Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner
The Honorable Brendan Carr, Commissioner
The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner

Federal Communications Commission
455 12th Street, Southwest
Washington, DC, 20544

Dear Chairman Pai,

I write to support the Comments of the Cable Act Preservation Alliance (“CAPA”) and to disapprove of the proposals and tentative conclusions set forth in the FCC’s September 25 Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making in Implementation of Section 621(a)(1) of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as Amended by the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, MB Docket 05- 311.

Then add your comments about why you think continued support of community media is important – describe how you use Cambridge Community Television and how important it is in Cambridge.

End with a closing requesting their continued support of community media, and sign your letter.

2. Now you need to upload it to the FCC website:

go to
- In “Proceedings” enter “05-311”
- In “Name of Filer” enter your name or your organization’s name
- In “Type of Filing” select “Reply Comments”
- In “Address” enter your Address
- Enter your City State and Zip Code
- Attach your letter
- Check “Email Confirmation”
- Enter “Continue to Review Screen”
- Enter “Submit”
You should receive an email confirmation.

That's it! If you can, please send a copy of your letter to CCTV.
Thank you!