Reply Comment Period for FCC MB Docket No. 12-203 is now open. Reply comments are due by 11:59 PM Eastern, October 10, 2012.
August 20, 2012 Update
Now’s Your Chance to Tell the FCC About PEG Programming in Your Community
The FCC has released a Notice of Inquiry that “solicits data, information, and comment on the state of competition in the delivery of video programming for the Commission’s Fifteenth Report.” The goal of the inquiry is “to enhance [the Commission’s] analysis of competitive conditions, better understand the implications for the American consumer, and provide a solid foundation for Commission policy making with respect to the delivery of video programming to consumers.” As such, the Commission is encouraging “thorough and substantive submissions from industry participants, as well as state and local regulators with knowledge of the issues raised.”
The Commission is seeking information on a number of issues directly related to local PEG operations. It is vitally important that PEG operators from across the country submit comments so that the Commission is provided with a full and complete picture of the status of PEG programming.
NATOA, ACM and ACT are providing our members with a template they may use to submit comments to the FCC. It is not necessary to answer all the questions posed, or to even use this template. Rather, the goal is to tell the Commission about PEG services in your community. TELL YOUR STORY – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Comments are due September 10; Reply Comments are due October 10.
Along with the comments template are instructions on how to file your responses with the Commission. Also attached is the Notice of Inquiry. All of these documents are available on our websites.
If you don’t tell the Commission about PEG programming in your community, no one will – except your cable operators! Act today.
The FCC issued “The Information Needs of Communities” and the report is available at: http://www.fcc.gov/info-needs-communities. The ACM’s Sylvia Strobel attended the briefing for the report at Columbia University and compiled a summary of the report’s recommendations.
The ACM staff has been working with members of the FCC in preparation of this report for the last year, and we especially thank our members for their comments and interviews with FCC staff. The suggested actions in the report are many, and the ACM will be launching several new programs in the coming months to parlay those recommendations into new business opportunities. The ACM Annual Conference in Tucson was a key starting point, as representatives from cable, public radio, LPFM, commercial broadcasting, social media, and the foundation community will be on hand to discuss “Innovation” for community media.
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