Lawmakers Issue Call for Protection of Public Access
At a hearing held on September 17, 2008, members of a powerful House Subcommittee showed little patience with Commission rulings or industry actions that have undermined Congressional goals to foster localism and diversity through PEG access. The committee examined challenges to the survival of PEG and members showed their determination to protect this important community resource.
Chair of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Jose E. Serrano (D-NY), said, "Congress recognized that PEG programming is in the public interest and essential to our communities as an outlet for free speech, local information and opinions, and emergency communications. PEG supports our democratic ideals by helping to develop a well-informed and well-educated society. It benefits all of us to support and encourage PEG programming."