Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Will our local access stations survive?


 The cable giants want congress to help them make more money in reducing the amount of money (cable franchise fees) that a community can get to produce government meetings, local access and education channels. I can't imagine Framingham could could cover the million dollars a year to keep all three stations afloat. I remember the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and how it played a role in expanding the coverage of government meetings and local access productions and the school channel. This is not a red or blue thing, it's all about greed and the influence the cable giants have on our political system.

 https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2018/11/12/an-fcc-rule-change-could-put-an-end-to-local-access-tv-stations

4 Comments:

At November 13, 2018 at 5:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what can we do to make sure our Government Access and School channels survive?

 
At November 13, 2018 at 5:17 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Public comment ends Wednesday but nothing we say will make any difference. Markey is on the right side of this I believe. Not sure where our congressman/woman are, but I would think they are on our side as well. It's a wait and see what happens with the new congress and updated Senate.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? Local access sucks anyway

 
At November 14, 2018 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

funny
not that many years ago, it was a real asset to our community. But we can't.. or shouldn't be without access to government meetings. There's be no reason for cable TV any longer. I predict a good percentage to drop out.

 

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