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Friday, December 07 2018

Future of Community TV - A Call To Action

Over the past thirty years, GCTV has provided more than 270,000 hours of television access to the area, in addition to a community bulletin board that shares important information from community organizations directly into your home. In 2018, we brought you 62 different local and national shows, including School Committee, Town Council, and other special meetings, as well as other events, such as Winter Carnival, the Franklin County Fair Parade, Rag Shag Parade, the Greenfiled Public Library Speaker Series. We also aired your original content, such as Sky Tries, Pensacola Punks, FlyByNews, and so much more.   

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accepting comments for Docket 05-311 through December 14, 2018, and we need your voice more than ever. Docket 05-311 would potentially result in a significant reduction of franchise fees and defund community television access, leading to an elimination of many of the shows you, our loyal viewers, continously tell us you enjoy and love. 

Last month, three of our GCTV Board Members (Drew Hutchinson, Chris Collins, and Otis Wheeler) sat down to discuss the positive impact that community television has, and the potential dangers that the FCC's proposed changes would have on your community television. You can watch the full video here.

I encourage you to watch it. I encourage you to go to this FCC Filings Page and support GCTV and community television. 

How to submit a comment: 

  1. Go to the FCC Filings Express Page (will open up in a new window for your convenience)
  2. In the Proceedings Sections type: 05-311
  3. Fill out the rest of the form
  4. In the Comments section, support GCTV and other community television stations by asking the FCC not to adopt the proposed changes; I've taken the liberty of suggesting a comment which you may copy and paste, and edit at your convenience:

Greenfield Community Television (GCTV), our local Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) Access channel provides a wide range of local programming about our community, as well as national shows, which is a valuable service to Greenfield MA residents, community organizations, and viewers. Our local PEG TV studio at GCTV, also provides access to a professional studio, editing and field equipment for local residents, schools, and community organizations, who would not otherwise have access to such facilities, as well as much needed training and guidance. The loss of franchise fees would also eliminate the main source of operational funding for GCTV, as well as PEG channels in other communities. I strongly encourage that the FCC support GCTV and other PEG channels across the country by not supporting the proposed changes. 

It's not too late to submit a comment...and please share with your friends and family.

Thank you,

Oscar R. Lanza-Galindo
Executive Director