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The FCC has pro­posed to de-fund com­mu­ni­ty media through an arcane rule that deter­mines how con­tri­bu­tions from cable com­pa­nies to pub­lic-access, edu­ca­tion­al and gov­ern­ment (PEG) sta­tions are count­ed. Because it’s arcane, the effort is fly­ing under the radar. But we have two com­mu­ni­ty media advo­cates to help explain what’s at stake.

Mar­tin Jones is the CEO of MetroEast Com­mu­ni­ty Media in Gre­sham, Ore­gon, just one of hun­dreds of PEG sta­tions that would be affect­ed. Sab­ri­na Roach serves on the board for the Alliance for Com­mu­ni­ty Media Foun­da­tion, the char­i­ta­ble arm of the group that rep­re­sents and orga­nizes PEG sta­tions across the U.S. They tell us how pro­posed changes to the fran­chise fee” struc­ture would deprive PEG sta­tions, as well as inter­net access at libraries and schools, from direct fund­ing. If passed, this would dec­i­mate both com­mu­ni­ty media and dig­i­tal equi­ty in most com­mu­ni­ties that have it. They also explain what steps we can take to oppose this change.