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FCC rule could curtail public access programming

Viewers of public access television may be seeing less local programming if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passes a proposed rule change.

According to the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, there are 25 public access television stations in Connecticut. Many of them cover municipal meetings and high school sporting events.

The stations’ equipment and employee salaries are funded by franchise fees that are paid to them by the cable companies.

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