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The Future of Community TV?

FCC Threatens Community Television

NOVEMBER 30, 2018

On September 25, the FCC issued proposed rulemaking (Docket 05-311) that could have a catastrophic impact on SAPA TV and all Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) cable access channels and community media centers around the country. We are calling on supporters to take a moment to file comments with the FCC expressing your disapproval of their proposed actions. Instructions for filing comments are available on this page. Initial comments had to be filed by November 14, but “Reply Comments” can be filed through December 14 at 11:59 PM.

What’s at stake?

The new FCC rulemaking allows cable companies to assess the value for ‘in kind’ services related to providing PEG channels and deduct that amount from the Franchise Fees passed to municipalities and nonprofits like SAPA TV to run PEG stations and channels. These loosely defined ‘in kind’ costs can include the ‘value’ of the cable channels themselves as well as any other services provided. The FCC fails to set any guidelines or limitations to the values that cable companies can assess, and it’s conceivable that station operating funds could be eliminated.

We need your help!

Here’s how to submit a letter that supports SAPA TV’s opposition to the proposed Rulemaking.

1) Download the template for your letter here. (Instructions to file included)  Customize the parts in red and print it on your letterhead with your signature. Letters from organizations are especially important at this stage.

2) Submit your letter as a PDF file to the FCC before 11:59 PM on Friday, December 14.

To file go to



Other Links

Read the FCC Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Second FNPRM),

Read Comments already filed for RM 05-311

FCC rule change could threaten PEG-TV funding (Rutland Herald)

Media Alliance Article on this FCC Action

A Proposed FCC Rule Change Could Put An End To Local Access TV Stations

FCC is at it again: Proposed changes to benefit big cable, harm local access channels

FCC Rule Change Could Limit Funding for Public Access Programs


In the Cable Act legislation of 1984, Congress established Franchise Fees and PEG Fees as a condition for cable operators providing commercial cable TV services. Franchise fees are often described as ‘rent’ for the commercial access and use to the public right of ways within a municipality. These fees help cover the associated costs to cities from cable TV installations and also help fund other municipal public services. PEG fees can optionally be established by a municipality to provide for the capital equipment necessary to the operations of local PEG channels. Both Franchise and PEG fees are public interest obligations that ensure the commercial media being pumped into residents homes is balanced by meaningful non-commercial locally originated content. Non-commercial PEG channels are unique, they provide an important means of free speech via the public channel, government transparency and communication with residents via the government channel and an educational channel available for use by local schools and universities. It’s important to note that Cable companies do not pay Franchise or PEG fees, these fees are paid by cable subscribers and merely pass through the cable companies to the cities and nonprofits. The new FCC rulemaking will not change the amount currently charged to cable subscribers, it merely allows cable companies to keep this money. The FCC explained that its proposals “are intended to place new entrants and incumbent cable operators on an equal regulatory footing and remove obstacles to the deployment of broadband.”

The FCC’s press release and supporting documents can be found here:

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Many of the programs aired on SAPA-TV are available for purchase. Please complete the form below, making sure to include your contact information. Orders will take between one and three weeks to complete. We offer programs on DVD and  MP4 files that can be downloaded via the web.

DVD’s – $15.00 each.
Digital File on USB – $20.00

Programs on DVD can be mailed anywhere in the U.S. for an additional $2.00.

In an effort cut down on material waste, payment is requested before DVD creation for customers who choose to pick up DVD’s in person. Program DVD’s can be created in about 10 minutes.

SAPA TV accepts cash, checks and credit cards (Paypal). Please make all checks payable to SAPA TV.  If paying by credit card you do not need to fill out the DVD Duplication Form

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Public Service Announcements are provided free of charge to non-profit organizations located in our viewing area. PSAs will run for two weeks. Ongoing events can be renewed by contacting SAPA-TV.

Please note that we do not run for-profit announcements, nor do we print press releases. We cannot, by law, publicize gambling, even if it is for a non-profit.

Please use the form below or email your event information to You may also fax your PSA if necessary. Our fax number is 885-6258. We do not take PSAs over the telephone.

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Support SAPA TV

Community members and businesses can help support SAPA TV in continuing to provide community television to the towns of Springfield, Chester and Weathersfield, Vermont. Your support will help provide the following.

  • Online viewing via Video On Demand of SAPA TV produced shows
  • Greater coverage of local events and high school sports
  • Live coverage of local municipal meeting and local events

With your support, SAPA TV will be able to continue to be a strong voice in the cable TV viewing community as well be able to provide their voice to a larger viewing audience who view content through other means and technology.

Whether it is through underwriting or individual donation, SAPA TV appreciates your support.

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Submit a Video

Do you have a video you would like to share with the community? SAPA TV is always looking for creative content to share with its viewers. All videos submitted must be owned and created by the submitter. SAPA TV is not able to play any copyrighted video or music over the air.

You can submit video by DVD or providing a digital download via Vimeo, Dropbox, Google docs or any other suitable video sharing service. Please fill out either the digital or paper application to cable cast at the link below.

Application to cablecast PDF
By clicking submit applicants agree that shared content meets the following terms and conditions:
1. Applicant is aware of and recognizes the restrictions imposed on such use by federal and state
regulations and SAPA TV’s policies and procedures and agrees to abide by them. In
a) Applicant will not cablecast any advertising material designed to promote the sale of
commercial products or services, including advertising by and on behalf of candidates
for public office.
b) Applicant will not cablecast material to solicit funds of any nature
c) Applicant will not cablecast a lottery or any advertisement of or for any information
concerning a lottery
d) Applicant will not cablecast any obscene or indecent material
2. Applicant agrees to make all appropriate arrangements with, and to obtain all clearances from
broadcast stations, networks, sponsors, music licensing organizations, performers’
representatives, and, without limitation to the foregoing, any and all other persons (natural
and otherwise) as may be necessary to transmit its program material over SAPA-TV Channel
8 /10 cable access channels.
3. In recognition of the fact that SAPA-TV Channel 8/10 has no control over the content of
Applicant’s public access cablecast, Applicant agrees to indemnify and hold SAPA-TV
Channel 8/10 harmless from any and all liability or other injury (including reasonable cost of
defending claims or litigation) arising from or in connection with claims for failure to comply
with any applicable laws, rules, regulations or other requirements of local, state or federal
authorities; for claims, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, or the infringement of common law
or statutory copyright; for unauthorized use of any trademark, trade name of the service mark;
breach of contractual or other obligations owing to third parties by SAPA-TV Channel 8/10;
and for other injury or damage in law or equity which claims result from the Applicant’s use
of the access channel.
4. Applicant recognizes that SAPA-TV Channel 8/10 will maintain and make available for
public inspection a record of all persons applying for use of access channel and agrees that
this Application may be used for such a record.

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