In July 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) outlining sweeping changes to children’s television programming rules. The changes would effectively dismantle the existing regulations and decrease the quality of educational content for children who rely on local broadcast programming.
NHMC responded with comments asking the Commission to do the requisite data collection and analysis needed to justify its proposals. Under the current proposals, children in low-income, rural, and minority communities who do not have access to Internet or paid-television alternatives and have no alternative to free, local broadcasts for educational programs and information would be further disadvantaged. NHMC strongly urged the FCC to consider children in disconnected populations, especially communities of color, when determining whether its proposals provide all American children with opportunities to learn and thrive.
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