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Attention friends of the Cape Cod Community Media Center:

The FCC will soon decide on proposed policy changes that could drastically limit our ability to provide our services to the community.

Community media provides you with access to cable channels that allow you to exercise your democratic right to free speech. If passed, this proposal could devastate community media centers and PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) stations across the country.

PEG stations like ours are funded through cable franchise fees at no cost to our towns and municipalities. The proposed legislation would eliminate a significant portion, or potentially all, of that funding. Local governments would be forced to choose whether or not to fund community media, which could cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars. If the FCC passes these proposed policy changes, many community media centers could be forced to close their doors.

This decision could eliminate government transparency, limit free speech, and reduce the public’s access to media channels. We need to raise our voices against these proposed changes.

We have until November 14th to let the FCC know how this could negatively impact our communities. Please submit a comment to the FCC before that date. Here’s how:

  1. Visit the FCC’s website at Bit.ly/SaveCommunityMedia
  2. Click + Express
  3. Fill in your information, including a brief comment about how this proposal could negatively impact you, your organization, or the community.

If you need help coming up with a comment, here are some ideas:

  • My membership at the Cape Cod Community Media Center has allowed me to…
  • Community media has raised the visibility of my organization by…
  • As a community leader, I see the value of community media…
  • I have benefitted from watching locally-produced programming because…
  • My children/students have gained skills utilizing our community media center…

We encourage you to watch and share the following PSA:

Need more help? Call Kate McMahon, our Director of Outreach & Special Projects, at 508-394-2388 x104, or email her at kate@capemedia.org.

Want more information? Here are some links:

Policy Proposal: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-18-131A1.pdf

Proposed FCC Rule Could Defund Community Media Outlets (Public News Service): https://bit.ly/2PEVCs9

Action Alert: Help Us Stand Up to the FCC (Open Signal): https://www.opensignalpdx.org/news/fccupdate/

Information on the FCC NPRM (Mass Access): http://www.massaccess.org/2018/10/25/updated-information-on-the-fcc-nprm/

Cable Franchising Public Policy Update (Alliance for Community Media): http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/latest-news/acm-public-policy-action-update-sept-2018

We appreciate any action you are able to take.