ADVOCACY GROUPS CHALLENGE FCC VOTE TO FIGHT FOR LOCAL CONTROL

Vermont Community Media Centers and their supporters are mobilizing with media centers and municipalities across the country to fight a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote that could undermine the ability of states and municipalities to set the rules for cable operators.

As part of partisan de-regulation strategy, the FCC voted 3-2 on August 1 to limit the benefits that communities can get in return for the corporate use of public property and rights-of-way in its Third Report and Order on cable franchising.

In her dissenting vote, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called the order part of the FCC’s effort to “cut local authorities out of the picture when it comes to infrastructure.”

The Legislative Study Committee held a public hearing on October 21st at the Statehouse in Montpelier to gather feedback from Vermonters about potential funding streams that could be made available to keep our community media centers strong. Highlights will be posted here soon.

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