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CAP Act Gains Supports

Since its introduction in May 2011, the Community Access Preservation (“CAP”) Act (H.R. 1746) continues to gain support from members of Congress.  As of January 1, 2012, the bipartisan bill has 19 co-sponsors.  NATOA members are encouraged to contact their Representatives in Washington and urge them to sign onto the bill.  To help in this effort, NATOA has created a Fact Sheet and a list of Frequently Asked Questions that explain what the bill does and how its passage will help to ensure the financial stability of PEG operations across the nation.   

NATOA Announces Support of the CAP Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Alexandria, VA - (May 5, 2011) – NATOA is pleased to announce its support of the 2011 Community Access Preservation (“CAP”) Act (H.R. 1746) which was introduced today by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH). The bill will, among other things, remove the distinction between “capital” and “operating” uses of PEG support fees; ensure funding for PEG channels; require cable operators to transmit PEG channels without charge to the local government; and require the FCC to undertake a study of PEG operations.

“We sincerely thank Representatives Baldwin and LaTourette for working together in a bipartisan effort to get this bill drafted and introduced,” said NATOA President Ken Fellman. “The bill goes a long way in helping to ensure the continued vitality of public, educational, and governmental programming in communities across our country. NATOA is committed to working with our national local government partners in getting this legislation enacted.”

NATOA is also grateful for the hard work and dedication of Amber Shipley in Congresswoman Baldwin’s office and Dan Cano in Congressman LaTourette’s office for moving this bill forward.