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We, the undersigned, while believing in the importance of a Free Market and Freedom of Speech, also believe in the importance of The Public Airwaves to be used as mandated by the FCC "...In the Public Interest, Necessity, and Convenience." We believe the use of The Public Airwaves is crucial to spread knowledge, culture, and civics. We therefore write to petition you to consider major changes in the allocation of the Broadcast Spectrum.

The Public Airwaves are a Vast Toxic Wasteland.
Congress needs to hold hearing on THE STATE OF THE AIRWAVES.
They would find:

1) That the Broadcast and Cable companies have not lived up to using the Public Airwaves, as the FCC mandated "... in the spirit of Public Interest, Necessity, and Convenience."

2) That the FCC and Congress have " given away, rent free", the Public Airwaves.

3) That the Broadcast and Cable companies have "... made so much money doing IT'S worst, IT can't afford to do better."


In the 1990's the FCC, with much support from the Congress, auctioned off portions of the Broadcast Spectrum. One portion of the Spectrum that was being auctioned would potentially reach 16 million customers (citizens). Almost as many people as the population of the state of Texas.

That particular portion sold for $3.00. Three dollars! When former FCC chairman Reed was asked to comment, he said "...I wish I had three dollars".

This cavalier policy and stewardship of the Public Airwaves has been good for the Broadcast and Cable companies, and their stock holders. And absolutely hideous for Civics, Public Affairs, and Democracy.

Before 2009, the FCC will give away more of the Public Airwaves, worth between 80-100 billion dollars. Once again, the Public will be outside, looking in, as the Broadcast Spectrum goes to the highest campaign contributors.

What does the Public receive from the License holders, for their use of the Broadcast Spectrum? Inexpensive Cable and Satellite packages? Intellectually stimulating programs broadcast into our homes at no charge? Choices and Diversity? Event coverage and programming with redeemable qualities? Or is it "...500 channels and still there's nothing worth watching".

There are many Independent, Grassroots, and Localized ways to use the Broadcast Spectrum. But on the National level, the Country needs more Public affairs, more Civics. The unedited, undefiled paradigm C-SPAN has perfected, is the only thing We can all agree on. It promotes Democracy and Participation. Not even the corporate media conglomerates can be against Democracy.

We therefore call on the Congress, and the FCC, to hold hearings on the benefits of more C-SPAN. And to take steps to move forward with the endeavor of creating more C-SPAN Companion Networks. When there is more than enough Broadcast Spectrum to dedicate to Civics, Culture, History and Democracy, We should not allow greed to get in the way of the Public Interest, Necessity and Convenience.

Put the Public back in the Public Airwaves.

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  • 11 December 2015100. Robert Jdellap
    City, State Mokena, Illinois Current C-SPAN Viewer No Simple solution without impacting bandwidth; replace shopping and religion channels with CSPAN
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    I support this petition
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  • 21 September 201597. Marlene T
    Political Affiliation Independent City, State Middlesex, NJ Current C-SPAN Viewer No We have more so-called entertainment than we need; what we need is information!
  • 18 August 201596. Eileen An
    Political Affiliation В City, State Hemet California Current C-SPAN Viewer No We absolutely need more C-Span channels
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    City, State Steilacoom, Washington Current C-SPAN Viewer No Undefiled, free and truth, reports from Americans, freedom of expression and opinions, our lawmakers at work, our opportunity to call our representatives in government after learning and asking
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    Political Affiliation libertarian City, State cocoa, florida Current C-SPAN Viewer No go c-span go
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    Political Affiliation Democrat City, State Los Angeles Current C-SPAN Viewer No We need more input from the Average American
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    City, State Deridder, LA Current C-SPAN Viewer No None
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    Political Affiliation В City, State Pahoa, Hawai`i Current C-SPAN Viewer No 'bout time! Thanks for this opportunity. I hope it effects the desired change. Hope, after all, springs eternal..
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    City, State Saunderstown, RI Current C-SPAN Viewer No C-SPAN is a great resource. It fairly represents all sides of any issue and is a valuable source of un-biased information. Thank-you C-SPAN thank-you Brian Lamb
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    Political Affiliation Democrat City, State Kennebunk, ME Current C-SPAN Viewer No C-Span RULES !!!!
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  • 09 August 201482. Susan S
    Political Affiliation Democrat City, State Fort Valley, GA Current C-SPAN Viewer No Good luck in this marvelous endeavor!
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    Political Affiliation Independent City, State Yakima WA Current C-SPAN Viewer No C-SPAN Junky
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    Political Affiliation absolutely none City, State hilo, hawaii Current C-SPAN Viewer No uk expatriate
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