On today's front page of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, reporter Matthew Stone writes about the threats facing PEG and the Internet:
Saturday, June 3, 2006
Cable access could face cut
Funding affects public channels
By Matthew Stone SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
"WORCESTER— The city’s three public access television channels could lose nearly $700,000 in annual funding under major telecommunications legislation before Congress, according to a recent report by the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Community Media.
The legislation aims at creating greater local competition to lower costs for cable TV, Internet and telephone customers, and includes provisions that could alter the traditional “net neutrality,” changing the equal access that exists for all Internet Web sites.
One section of the bill would adjust how public access stations are funded. The report analyzing the potential losses states that Worcester’s channels would lose about 70 percent of the $985,000 they now receive. Other projected losses in the state range from 50 percent in Fall River to 84 percent in Cambridge and Holliston."