Protecting Community Television - Action Needed

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is attempting to elevate the profits of cable companies over the needs of communities--again.

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 PEG (Public, Educational, Government) channels in return for exclusive access to the public rights of way. “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 Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley). “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.”

The FCC is trying to redefine what a franchise fee is - and it will radically reduce the level of monetary support available to run community access channels across the United States. If you value DMA's services, please ask our elected officials for their support today, and sign the petition here:

Congressman John Garamendi

412 G Street Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 753-5301 Fax: (530) 753-5614


Senator Dianne Feinstein- (D - CA)

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3841 Contact:


Senator Kamala Harris (D - CA)

112 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3553