An interesting report on Democracy Now! reveals there is pressure on cable companies to comply with rulings to make programming accessible to viewers with various audio/visual handicaps. Many programs, particularly community-based public access programs, are not listed by title, time, and channel in their listings, rather they are listed under ambiguous headings like “Local Origination.”

Cable companies provide public access program time slots as a service to the communities they do business in and do not generate a penny of profit from those slots. I often wonder if the decision to remove detailed show descriptions and air time is an attempt to downplay the significance of community-focussed programming and engender disinterest in the programs altogether. Such a move could affect future programming and lend a hand of support for lobbyists who aim to remove free programming from the airwaves…

Democracy Now!

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