Stop Allowing Cable Providers to Block Citizen Owned Networks
Many people may not know this, but the Television Stations 2-13 belong to the citizens of the United States. Too often, Cable Providers block customer access to these channels over some dispute between the parties. If you are going to run a Cable TV Service Provider (Optimum, Time warner cable, FIOS, etc.) it is your responsibility to accomodate Channels 2-13 regardless of any disputes between the parties. If the only way to ensure this happens is to set a Federally Instituted rebroadcast fee, so be it, I doubt the Providers would agree. What we really need is the FCC to do their job and protect the interests of the American Citizen. As an example, WPIX does not OWN the broadcast frequency of channel 11. They have the right to show programming and sell Ad Time in order to cover the costs therein. WE THE PEOPLE own these frequencies. Stop letting ANYONE block your access to these channels for any reason. If the companies cannot come to an agreement as to how this will be accomplished, then the FCC needs to Step in and prohibit the activity. The Providers can do what they like with Channels 14- 10 Million, but 2-13 belong to the Citizens of the United States of America.