Make your Voice Heard in Congress
ACM is asking all Public, Educational and Government Access channels and organizations to help inform Congress on the need for our services as they contemplate video reform. ACM will be preparing remarks for the House Energy & Commerce Committee this month on behalf of PEG community media.
However, we would like you to send a letter via email to the House Energy & Commerce Committee outlining the importance of PEG in your community by Thursday January 23, 2015.
Here’s background from our partners at the National Assn. of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA):
The House Energy & Commerce Committee has been issuing a series of white papers as part of its process for a possible update to the Communications Act. Its latest paper (number six) focuses on the regulation of the market for video content and distribution and poses a number of related questions for comment….While we encourage communities to respond to any questions of interest, we especially urge you to consider sharing your thoughts with the Committee on the following:
“Cable systems are required to provide access to their distribution platform in a variety of ways, including program access, leased access channels, and PEG channels. Are these provisions warranted in the era of the Internet?”
[…]NATOA believes it is imperative that communities submit comments to the Committee to the effect that, yes, provisions requiring PEG access are still necessary and warranted today. Commenters should bolster this position by explaining the role that PEG programming plays in their community and how a loss of cable system access would be detrimental to the continued vitality of their PEG operations. As we have said before, it is essential that local communities “tell their story” and the role that PEG services play in promoting localism.
ACM thinks it’s particularly important for PEG operations to explain why the benefits they provide are necessary in their communities and how PEG supports localism in ways that other media cannot. ACM would like your organization to write to the House Energy and Commerce Committee by JANUARY 23.
Address your comments to . . .
The Honorable Fred Upton
2183 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Greg Walden
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Re: Regulation of the Market for Video Content and Distribution – Response to White Paper #6
. . . and please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday January 23.
If you have a relationship with your House Representative, please copy them on the correspondence. Please also cc email@example.com so we can insure that your comments are also sent to your Members of Congress.
If you have questions, please contact Mike Wassenaarr firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-298-3805.