The Protecting Community Television Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress to reverse the FCC action to relieve cable companies of their financial obligations to support local channels in return for exclusive access to the public rights of way.
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“Community television is a critical part of our society, giving a voice to nonprofits, artists, and other community members who otherwise struggle to be heard,” said Representative Eshoo. “The FCC’s attempt to gut these important voices is shameful, and I’m proud to introduce legislation with Senator Markey that will protect community television and ensure local voices can be heard.”
“In the current era of media globalization and consolidation, it is more important than ever that we stand up for the platforms that lift up small and local voices,” said Senator Markey. “Across the county, community television studios catalyze civic engagement and provide Americans with news and information they need. The need for media by communities for communities is only increasing. I’m proud to partner with Congresswoman Eshoo and so many of my colleagues in the Senate on this important legislation.”
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