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On August 1, 2019 the FCC passed its Third Report and Order on Cable Franchising. Cities and towns across the nation, including South Portland, likely stand to lose billions of dollars in cable television franchise fee revenues. Public, Education and Government (PEG) cable TV channels like SPC-TV and SPPA-TV may be seriously threatened



FCC sued by dozens of cities after voting to kill local fees and rules - Ars Technica

Marin seeks to block FCC ruling threatening public access channels - Marin Independent Journal

What Do Local Leaders Need to Know about the FCC Cable Order? (National League of Cities)

FCC Changes to Cable Franchise Fees Take Effect Sept. 26 (League of Minnesota Cities)

Charter Spectrum Once Again 'Competes' By... Raising Prices (TechDirt)

FCC’s Proposed Third Report and Order and Initial Effects on PEG (ACM/NATOA position paper)

Ajit Pai’s new gift to cable companies would kill local fees and rules - Ars Technica

FCC order preempts terms in existing cable franchise agreements - Massachusetts Municipal Association

Pai’s FCC orders cities and towns to stop regulating cable broadband - Ars Technica

FCC struggles to convince judge that broadband isn’t “telecommunications” - Ars Technica

House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public - Ars Technica

The House Commerce Committee states that it will be "reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority" 

New bi-partisan support! - Congressional letter to the FCC

The word is getting out about the destructive nature of this decision by the FCC. Letters of concern forwarded to the FCC have included Members of Congress Peter Welch and Chellie Pingree. 


These issues are moving fast! Our lawmakers need to be informed

Your Maine State Legislature Contact Information:


House of Representatives


Your Maine Federal Legislators Contact Information:

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Angus King

Representative Chellie Pingree

Representative Jared Golden


Links to articles online for further research:

Patriot Ledger Newspaper Article

Colorado Sun Newspaper Article

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Position Paper

Senator Edward J. Markey (D) MA letter to the FCC

Federal Assault on Local Media

ACM Public Policy Action Update

Proposed FCC Actions Will Limit Local Control and Cut Revenues