Urge President Biden to Support Public Media Funding


With President Biden and Vice President Harris sworn in, now is the moment to vocalize our support for stronger public media stations.

Add your name to our petition calling on President Biden to protect and expand America’s investment in public media stations.

Healthy investments in public media stations can unite our country, support our students and educators, revitalize our economy, and protect our communities.

Fill out your information in the right blue bar and select ‘Submit’ to sign the petition. You can read the petition below.

Dear President Biden:

Congratulations on becoming the 46th President of the United States. As you begin your first 100 days, I urge you to propose healthy investments in America’s public media stations in future coronavirus relief legislation and your first annual budget to Congress.

Increased investments in public media stations can help bridge our country’s divisions, combat the spread of misinformation, support students and educators, revitalize our economy, and protect our communities.

Please support investments in these critical programs:

  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes funding to more than 1,400 local public radio and televisions to support their public service work.
  • The Ready To Learn program, which funds highly researched children’s educational content that has been proven to close the achievement gap.
  • Public Media’s Interconnection infrastructure program. Interconnection is the backbone of our nation’s emergency alert system, connects local stations throughout the country and maximizes programming and services available to our community.
  • The Next Generation Warning System, which would strengthen stations’ infrastructure to help advance critical public safety applications, including enhanced alerting and warning capabilities to inform and protect Americans.
  • Emergency aid for public media stations to ensure the continuation of their expanded pandemic services that benefit all Americans.

Public media funding amounts to about $1.40 per American annually, or .01 percent of federal spending. The return on investment in education, information and public safety is invaluable to communities across the country. Stations can also leverage federal funding to secure private support, raising about $6 for every federal dollar, resulting in a highly effective public-private partnership. 

I hope that you will keep these considerations in mind as your Administration makes funding decisions in the weeks, months and years to come.


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