January 12, 2017
ACTION: Visit your local radio and TV stations between now and January 30 and get copies of every letter in their public files. This will form a repository for future actions, if warranted.
Why? January 31, the Federal Communications Commission will have its first meeting under the administration of Donald J. Trump. There is only one issue on the agenda: whether or not to require broadcasters to keep letters from the public in their public files. With a 2-1 Republican majority, this important rule is likely to disappear entirely.
Republicans and the broadcast industry have wanted to rid themselves of this requirement for years, but here is why it matters to all of us: We the People own the broadcast airwaves (which is why stations have to report to us in the first place.) But if a station is behaving badly, if they are using our airwaves for hate or lies or even to kill people, We have the the right to complain and to make those complaints available for public scrutiny. It is the only way to ascertain a pattern of bad behavior from stations sworn by law to look out for our interests.