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Preserve Public Access Studios and Stations

January 7th, 2009

 

On January 1st, Time Warner Cable closed 12 public access studios and shut down 11 public access channels in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  If we don't act now, we will lose one of the last sources of truly independent local media information forever.

For decades, cities required cable companies to provide Public Access Cable Stations.  These stations provided a unique forum for important local and state issues that were often overlooked by the mainstream media. Now that cities can no longer require companies like Time Warner Cable to provide public access stations and studios, they are being shut down.

California Common Cause joined with a coalition of groups to urge LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and CA Attorney General Jerry Brown to file an injunction to block the dismantling of public access studios and stations.

Join us in telling them that we need to keep public access cable stations in California

AB 2987, the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006, changed the landscape for cable companies by establishing the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as the sole franchising authority in California for video service providers.  The State Legislature received massive amounts of money from the telecom and cable industry to take this authority away from local governments. Prior to the passage of this bill, Los Angeles and other cities had the authority to require cable stations to provide public access studios to produce content and stations on which it could air.  This will no longer be the case once the AB 2987 goes into effect on January 1, 2009.

We need your help to preserve public access cable stations!

Tell City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and CA Attorney General Jerry Brown to enforce the media’s public interest obligation.  Remind them that cable and broadcast access belong to the people.

 

Click here to send an email to City Attorney Delgadillo or Attorney General Brown telling them how important it is to preserve public access stations.

 

View the letter California Common Cause sent to City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo here.

 

View the letter California Common Cause sent to CA Attorney General Jerry Brown here.

 

Here is a short video explaining why protecting public access TV is so important.  

 

 

Other links:

 

LA Times Article: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-et-publicaccess5-2009jan05,0,5880079.story?page=1

 

LA Public Access Coaltion: http://savepublicaccess.wordpress.com/

 

League of CA Cities Info Page on AB 2987: http://www.cacities.org/index.jsp?zone=locc&previewStory=26635