Last week, Suzanne St. John-Crane, CreaTV CEO and Alliance for Community Media National Board Member, met with Senator Feinstein’s staff, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren to address lifting the restrictions on how community media centers, like CreaTV, can spend Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) fees.
In 2014, the California legislature passed Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 39, which asked Congress to amend the Federal Cable Act and lift restrictions on how community media centers can spend PEG fees. Suzanne was there to urge them both to support this legislation at the federal level.
Cable companies pay federally mandated PEG fees for using public rights of way to deliver video products. Media centers get a small percentage of these fees to benefit their communities. According to the current federal law, PEG fees can only be spent on equipment and other capital expenses. This excludes most operating costs and overhead, such as salaries and benefits.
“We’re not asking for more money,” Suzanne St. John-Crane stated. “We’re asking for a restriction to be lifted, so that money, currently being left on the table because of restrictions, can be used by community media centers to create jobs and deepen impact in their communities.”
CreaTV encourages you to write a letter to your representatives in Congress urging them to stabilize funding for media centers by:
1. Lifting restrictions on how PEG fees are spent and
2. Pushing for regulation that sustains media centers, regardless of what happens to cable television.
Let them know that you care about your media center and the services it provides.Editor’s Note: Pictured in the header on the left: On Tuesday, April 9, 2015 ACM Board Member Suzanne St. John-Crane visited Senator Feinstein’s office. During her visit, she stopped into MidPeninsula Community Media Center’s NEW studio. (L-R) Annie Folger, Midpeninsula Community Media Center; Becca King-Reed, CMAP / CTV Santa Cruz; Suzanne St. John-Crane, CreaTV San Jose; Shelley Wolfe, KMVT (Mountain View) Pictured in the header on the right: On the set of CreaTV’s newest show, Valley Politics, on Channel 30. (L-R) Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Angelica Ramos (President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Silicon Valley), Viviana Leija-Sysak (Valley Politics Producer), Suzanne St. John-Crane (CreaTV CEO) and Terry Christensen, the show’s host.