Take Action to Stop Defunding of PEG Channels

July 23, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering changes to §621 of the Cable Act of 1984 that impact cable franchising agreements across the nation. The proposed rules change how cable operators compensate local jurisdictions for use of our public rights-of-way. They set a precedent to preempt local control of cable franchises by our local municipalities.  

Most cable franchise agreements require payment of a franchise fee for use of the public rights-of-way. Cable franchise fees are not a consumer tax and unrestricted for any specific purpose. Cable franchise agreements often help fund media centers and PEG television organizations like TCMedia. They support other essential government services such as public safety and infrastructure.

What's At Stake -
Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Cable Franchising

What's at Stake - Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Cable Franchising from MetroEast on Vimeo.

TCMedia believes that any corporation using public lands should pay for that use. The proposed rules allow cable operators to deduct the value of any in-kind provision negotiated in the franchise contract from the franchise fees paid. This could include the value of the PEG channels and facilities our community relies on. It may mean several million dollars of lost revenue locally. Nationwide, cities and counties stand to lose billions.  

How can you help? Visit Petition2Congress to leave your thoughts. We encourage you to send a letter or an email to your elected officials, asking them to contact the FCC, insisting they keep the current rules in §621 of the Cable Act.

You can find contact information for your Thurston County representatives below:

Senator Maria Cantwell, WA-D

Senator Patty Murray, WA-D

Representative Denny Heck, WA-D (District 10)

  • Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Rainier, Yelm, Rochester

Representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler, WA-R (District 3)

  • Bucoda

PSA Day Returns This Fall

June 13, 2019

For more than 30 years, Thurston Community Media (TCMedia) has provided the media tools, training, technical support, and distribution platforms for local groups to share their stories. We have worked with hundreds of organizations and agencies to help craft effective messages for distribution to their target audience.

Ever thought of becoming a member at Thurston Community Media? Now is a great time to do so for nonprofits. New Organizational Members that join before September 1st could have a professionally crafted public service announcement to air on our channel and for you to use as you like. Organizational Members of TCMedia receive a priority invitation to PSA Day on September 16th. You provide the script, pictures, and logos – we handle the rest.

The perks of membership don’t stop there. For as little as $100 a year, a TCMedia Organizational Members gain access to:

  • Use of our equipment and facilities
  • Distribution on channels reaching more than 60,000 cable-connected homes
  • Low-cost training in digital media tools and technology
  • Our cost-effective professional production services
  • Consultation on communications planning, social media use and management, technology selection, and system/facilities design

TCMedia believes that community media is a powerful tool for building stronger communities. We invite you to become an Organizational Member and take advantage of the many services we offer to help you share your story with those you serve. Contact us today to become an Organizational Member. Email us at communications@tcmedia.org or give us a call at 360-956-3100.

This opportunity is available to active organizational members once per year. If you have already participated this year, we thank you for your support. Look out for your invitation this summer.


Be a Guest on Mission Nonprofit

March 15, 2019

Salvation Army of Thurston County on Mission Nonprofit

Mission Nonprofit is a half-hour studio talk show that showcases the positive work that local organizations and agencies are doing to help make Thurston County a great place to live. If you work at a Thurston County area nonprofit or government agency making a positive impact in our community, we want to hear from you and share your work with 65,000 cable-connected homes and countless more online.

We are able to offer this no-cost production and marketing service for our community with support from workshop students, volunteers and our ongoing media partnership with ThurstonTalk. As such, shoot dates and times are limited. 

Spring and Summer Production Dates:

Wednesday, April 17th 

Friday, May 31st 

Wednesday, June 19th

To apply: Fill out this webform to apply for your organization to be featured on our program.

If you need additional information, please email or call Director of Community Involvement, Andrea Capere for more information. 

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