Email Congress to Save Critical Public Media Funding


Protect your stations. Email your lawmakers in support of full public media funding, including Interconnection.  

Your action will help ensure the survival of your stations and help us take a step toward preserving essential public media funding.

Fill out your information and select ‘Email Your Lawmakers.’ Your Representative and Senators will receive the email message below, which urges them to oppose all cuts to public media funding. You can view the message by clicking on ‘Message to Congress.’

I am writing to urge you to support full funding for public broadcasting in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget and appropriations process.

I am a strong supporter of my local public radio and television stations, which are critically important to me and my community. I urge you to support funding for:

  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting at $445 million for FY 2020, which supports the local public service work of my public television and radio stations;
  • The Ready To Learn program at $25.7 million for FY 2018, which provides funding for highly-researched children’s educational content that has been proven to close the achievement gap;
  • And public media’s interconnection infrastructure program at $55 million for FY 2018, which serves as the backbone of our nation’s emergency alert system; maintains the connection between our local public broadcasting stations and other stations throughout the country; and maximizes the programming and services available to our community.

The federal investment in public media amounts to $1.35 per American per year and represents .01% of the federal budget. Eliminating funding would have a negligible impact on our nation’s debt but a devastating effect on our community.

Without federal funding, local stations could be forced to go off-air or to cut essential programming and services Americans count on. Cutting funding could lead to the loss of emergency notifications and AMBER alerts; broadcast services; cutting-edge educational noncommercial children’s content; local public affairs and news programming, innovative classroom resources; rich, local culture and music genres; and professional development and workforce training for teachers, caregivers, veterans, and other job seekers.

These essential services are too valuable to lose.

As a constituent who highly values the programming and services of my local stations, I strongly urge you to support full funding for public media in the FY 2018 budget and appropriations process.




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