On August 1, 2019 the FCC passed its Third Report and Order on Cable Franchising. Cities and towns across the nation, including South Portland, likely stand to lose billions of dollars in cable television franchise fee revenues. Public, Education and Government (PEG) cable TV channels like SPC-TV and SPPA-TV may be seriously threatened
Marin seeks to block FCC ruling threatening public access channels - Marin Independent Journal
What Do Local Leaders Need to Know about the FCC Cable Order? (National League of Cities)
FCC Changes to Cable Franchise Fees Take Effect Sept. 26 (League of Minnesota Cities)
FCC’s Proposed Third Report and Order and Initial Effects on PEG (ACM/NATOA position paper)
FCC order preempts terms in existing cable franchise agreements - Massachusetts Municipal Association
House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public - Ars Technica
The House Commerce Committee states that it will be "reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority"
New bi-partisan support! - Congressional letter to the FCC
The word is getting out about the destructive nature of this decision by the FCC. Letters of concern forwarded to the FCC have included Members of Congress Peter Welch and Chellie Pingree.
These issues are moving fast! Our lawmakers need to be informed
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