The FCC Comment Period is now over. THANK YOU to all the Foxborough Residents who took the time to share your opinions with the FCC on this important issue. In the coming weeks, we will pass along updates on the FCC actions.
Please take ACTION today to Save Foxboro Cable Access
The FCC will soon decide on proposed policy changes that could drastically limit our ability to provide our services to the community.
We need your help! Tell the FCC that you oppose the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Docket #05-311. Let them know how important local television is in your community and how has impacted you. The deadline is November 14th!
Community media provides you with access to cable channels that allow you to exercise your democratic right to free speech. If passed, this proposal could devastate community media centers and PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) stations across the country.
Foxboro Cable Access and PEG stations around the country are funded through cable franchise fees at no cost to our towns and municipalities. The proposed legislation would eliminate a significant portion, or potentially all, of that funding. Local governments would be forced to choose whether or not to fund community media, which could cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars. If the FCC passes these proposed policy changes, many community media centers could be forced to close their doors.
This decision could reduce government transparency, limit free speech, and reduce the public’s access to media channels. We need to raise our voices against these proposed changes.
We have until November 14th to let the FCC know how this could negatively impact our communities. Please submit a comment to the FCC before that date. Here’s how:
- Visit the FCC’s website at Bit.ly/SaveCommunityMedia
- Click + Express
- Fill in your information, including a brief comment about how this proposal could negatively impact you, your organization, or the community.
If you need help coming up with a comment, here are some ideas:
- Foxboro Cable Access has allowed me to…
- Community media has raised the visibility of my organization by…
- As a community leader, I see the value of community media…
- I have benefitted from watching locally-produced programming because…
- My children/students have gained
skillsutilizing our community media center…
If you are a part of local government or work for a town department or on a board or committee. Tell the FCC that FCA:
- Covers Selectmen, School Committee, and other government meetings throughout the year – helping local government be more transparent
- Works with local, state and county officials to inform the public about events and information
- Makes people feel more connected to their neighbors and their town.
Additional Information & Resources
Local Letters of Opposition
- Read Sen. Ed Markey’s Letter of Opposition (Cosigned by 10 other Senators)
- Read Mass Municipal Association Letter of Opposition
You can review comments submitted to the FCC here:
Your comments will take a few days to post to the FCC website and you should get an email verifying that they received your comments. We will update this page as we get additional information.
Thank You Foxborough!
Residents and community leaders are responding to our call-to-action and we are deeply humbled by the response. Below are a few highlights from comments filed by Foxborough Residents:
Jack Authelet, Town Historian
As residents of Foxborough, we benefit greatly from the local programming provided by the talented volunteers at Foxborough Cable Access. But it is so much more than volunteers with the capability of electronically linking us to government meetings, community events, and locally generated programs.
Foxboro cable reaches out like a warm embrace, drawing this entire community – from the very young to the more mature – closer together in good times and bad, the first to alert us if we are threatened, the first to direct us if we must seek shelter, or where to seek assistance in critical situations. They help us get to know candidates before the election, they enable us to see our government in action when no longer able to attend their meetings.
Cable helps grandparents and
Cable TV is like holding a mirror up to the community that ALL might treasure the sights and sounds of life in Foxborough. It brings the entire community into our homes at a sound we can hear and at a time we can watch.
It would be impossible to fully document the extent to which some volunteers have gone to bring us such excellence in local programming. We have a vested interest in their success and a heartfelt appreciation for their efforts.
It is a privilege to be able to speak up on their
Thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of a community which benefits so much from their efforts.
Dan Williams, Ahern Middle School Teacher
I strongly oppose this measure, because I value the essential services that our local cable access channel provides to Foxborough. I am an educator and advisor to a Broadcasting Club, and I have seen first hand the importance of the work that local cable does. I worry that if funding is not protected, my local station and others may be forced to close. As a classroom teacher, I know that many parents watch the School Committee meetings broadcast by Foxboro Cable Access (FCA). It is important for citizens in town to be aware of what the school department is doing, and why. Foxboro Cable also covers the Board of Selectman and other government agencies. FCA helps town government to be
Paul M Woodard, Foxborough Resident
Foxboro Cable Access has allowed our church to broadcast the weekly service so that shut-ins, elderly and
Dennis Naughton, Foxborough Resident
To Whom it May Concern: I have been an active member of the Foxborough, MA community for decades. During that time I have seen again and again how our local Foxborough Cable Access has promoted community unity and provided vital transparency. Now, as a senior citizen of the community, the service of FCA is even more vital in my life in remaining informed on the meetings of local boards like Selectmen and School Committee. I cannot imagine why anyone would do anything to endanger such a vital grassroots source of information as our Foxborough Cable Access and strongly urge that no action be taken that would undermine or endanger its ability to serve the people of our community.
The Ames Family, Foxborough
Our household strongly supports the 3 Foxboro Cable Access stations, by keeping us up to date with local government including the selectmen’s meetings and school committee meetings, high school athletic games and the use of the facilities, equipment
Flaherty Family, Foxborough
We oppose cutting fu ding to local programming. This program allows us to feel more connected to our
Why is the FCC again pursuing the path to serve monopolies over the people? Please really think this through. Local cable access channels are still a vital part of many communities that provide coverage of local issues, school sports, local events, local historical reviews
Gretchen Sharfman, Foxborough
The local cable access channel in Foxboro is very important to me and the community of Foxboro. My kids have learned valuable skills by volunteering at the station, and I love the coverage of local events.
We love our Foxboro Cable Access! We oppose the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Docket #05-311. The Cable Access people are fantastic at covering all the events for our town and being able to watch the coverage of any meeting or sporting event is great. Thank you. Laurie Bubencik