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Frances Webb from TN 37079 Stewart Co
I get many local channels and would hate to loose them. Many times thats better than satalite. Wouldn't get all the warnings and emergency alerts.

Falonmarie@me.com from Pensacola , fla
Me and my family watch local tv, we don't have cable and don't feel like we need it... We enjoy the local channels.. Please save our channels...

Joe Carter from Jt. Juliet,Tn.
Congress can not create more spectrum. Taking Off Air will not very far, then what are they going to do.

David M Pistey from Cantonment
As a student of multimedia at Pensacola State College this is the first I heard of this . this scares me, as without local television's where are students going to learn in the industry. most of the parent network do not hire fresh from call they will hire experience reporters from a local television studio. you take away our right to free speech through local resource media where will Congress stop where will Washington stop we the people need to stop Congress from telling us what we can and cannot do with our right wake up America stand up for what is right

CR Davenport from Parkville, MD
Nothing is surprising anymore. The bottom line is that Local TV must remain active in order to accurately and promptly inform communities with up to the minute notices and alerts.

Brendenia Henson from Baltimore, MD
I depend on local television for news, sports, special events, special announcements, alerts and shows; along with other various things. Like I said, I depend o local television!!!!

anglin from Baker,fl
this is suppose to be a free country. ever thing is being
taken away.you want to balance the budget. cut salaries. starting with the president, congress.senate and every other public official that make huge salaries.let them live on a common salaryike every body else.

cc from marion,indiana
I think it is ridiculous to have to pay for something broadcasted over the airways. I have done away with the expensive services cable and satellite tv provide. I can get by without their services and I know several others who are doing the same thing. The majority of the programing is not really entertainment to much crap on their programming only watched a few channels out of what they offered so why pay their ridiculous rates;)

Mary W Hamilton from Columbus, OH
Local TV has been in existing for almost seventy years - free to those that can afford a TV. Do not put burden for the sake of politics on generations to come. The budget cannot and will not ever be balanced in your lifetime. God is in control.

Tracy Vasquez from Elmendorf, TX
Of course we NEED Local TV. Maybe the cable and dish services should have more affordable pricing for their services. The fees for cable or dish are way to high for this economy. Why don't they do something useful instead of taking more away from those already struggling to make ends meet.

Glen Mitchell jr. from N.W Baltimore
We need local t.v.just like we need water or air,to question this is like truth or dare.

JOAN BASS from 755 E. Argyle Av. #403 Nashville Tn. 37203
I am a senior and unable to afford pay tv.But I get enough local channels for free. There are a lot of people in my situation.

Walter B. Furbee from Senecaville,Ohio 43780
We NEED local t.v. to keep us up to date on all things affecting our area. Dish keeps taking away GOOD t.v. but, our bill keeps going up. We need this GOOD station!Watch this station almost every morning to get caught-up on whats happening. and get updates all day. Please don't take this wonderful station away. Walter Furbee

karen morris from london, oh
save our local channels or people will switch to direct tv

ToddWAR from Tecumseh
FOX 25 is a very important part of our families news and entertainment, We live in the country and have very few options in satellite TV.
We watch FOX 25 for all our weather,storm warnings,wild fires,tornado warnings ect... 75% of our families entertainment comes form FOX 25. I would hate to loose this station only because I have DISH TV....

THAT"S NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!

I pay for it I SHOULD BE ABLE WATCH IT.

thelma Dailey from Cookeville, Tn
Local Tv saves lives during very bad storms? Gives support help in time of desperation for many people and families after those catastrophes. So many people are out of work and do not have the money to pay for local Tv but need it desperately! Thank you Local TV for your help and comfort we all have received from you!

clint from central ohio
No local over the air tv and I will not need a tv. It cost to much for pay services. Congress is out of touch.

connie stringer from hogansville,ga 706-637-4635
i have not had tv since dtv came out . cant afford antenna or dish or direct tv no cable where i live in the the woods im disabled widow can you help me

nour ALKABANI from murfreesboro TN
WE NEED LOCAL TV. TO STAY MANY OF US CANNOT AFFORD CABLE OR SATALITE TV i can,t so i DEPEND ON LOCAL STATIONS !!!what next We will be taxed for the air we breathe THIS IS CRAZY

tom from oelwien
big suprise yet another way to screw the working american and we pay them to do it we all need to put our foot down and all go on strike for a couple days and shut this country down see how they like the other shoe

Juanita Henry from Pensacola, Fl.32501
I can not afford cable TV. I use a digital receiver and all I get is local stations. If these stations are taken off the air, I would not have any information regarding serious subjects which is very important to me. jlh

Rowlan Stumpf from Kingsville, Md
I am on a limited budge and cannot afford cable. I depend on local TV for my viewing.

Dorothy Hardy from Pensacola, FL
We need the local news to keep the residents informed. There are a lot of things I would not be aware of without it, especially things that are a must need to know.

CJ Reynolds from Columbus OH
Remember a few years ago we had to buy the digital converter boxes to be able to watch "free" tv; coupons were sent to people who requested them so they would be able to keep their "free" tv. The government is trying to nickle & dime us to death and take away another one of our freedoms!

Karen from Baltimore
What the Hell is wrong with the people in this world? Leave television as is. There are more important issues the government should be handling.

LARRY CORDELL from NEWARK,OH
I seen your bullshit story on my friend CHARLIE DAVIS, i called him and he was right, mr suckmydick looks like a dick with legs, mr you might leave him, alone

CHARLES DAVIS from ON YOUR HEELS
I WILL DO MY VERY BEST TO EXPLAIN HOW THE LOCAL NEWS IS NOTHING BUT SOME LAME ASS NEWS REPORTER TELLING LIES, IF YOU WANT TO SEE A LOSER LOOK AT THAT GOOFY ASS TOM SUCKMYCOCK!!!

Teresa from Newark Ohio
There are times like the recent storms that you need local news. Also to see whats going on locally. There are many things the local stations do for us.

J MOSELEY from KENTUCKY
AFTER READING SEVERAL COMMENTS MADE BY OTHERS, IT SEEMS THAT THIS NOT ABOUT MONEY. IT IS ALL ABOUT CONTROL, AND ALLOWING THE GOVERNMENT TO DO WHAT THEY WANT WITHOUT US KNOWING. NEXT IT WILL BE OUR COMMUNICATIONS THAT WILL BE CONTROLLED. BEWARE OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL!

Rene Chatman from Southeast
Everyone can't afford to pay for cable as it is, why make people have to pay for local television...it's obsurd. So what if Congress does accomplish this task?!! What about senior citizens on a budget and can't afford to pay for local tv but miss out on emergency warnings? We need our local tv to stay the way it is. Everything shouldn't be about a dollar. Goodness!!

Chuck Bays from Woodward OK
National News has now become a psych-op for the power elite, and currently is tooled up to divide. Local news keeps the people informed and bound together, protected and informed. If local TV is removed, I will remove cable from my residence

SuzyQ from Westminster
Another thought:

If many local stations are paid with advertising.

And PBS stations are partly funded by taxes and donations. What percentage is paid by taxes?

Also , other than the cable companies and satilite companies, who else benefits if every one is on cable and satilite dishes?

Debbie Lytle from Brinkhaven, Ohio
We already lost TV when annalog was changed to digital in our area, how about a stronger signal to reach all people including the elderly who have no TV due to this major problem for residents all around me

Angel Denner from Columbus,Ohio
Yes local TV is important to me my family can not afford cable and we would not know if a bad storm was comeing like the ones we been haveing lately

Daniel Reschke from Malvern, PA
DC must have totally lost it! We need local television for local & regional news.

Sharon Dingus from nottingham
Losing local TV would just be one more way for people to be disconnected from one another. Doesn't everyone realize that it's important for communities to remain connected?

raymond from hilliard
find out who is trying to do this get them out of goverment keep free tv

Dave Cobb from Troy ,OH
Remember the election is November. Time for some house--senate cleaning.

Sallee Netto from Dublin
We need local news and world news from right here in Columbus Ohio
keep it fair and honest

Sallee Netto from Dublin Ohio
Russian Syria-bound arms ship turns back - Britain Make your program more diverse,what happens in the world does matter in Ohio

ARM from CANTON
IF LOCAL TV IS TAKEN AWAY THERE WILL BE A MAJOR DROP IN THE ECONOMY DUE TO LACK OF VISUAL STIMULATION FOR THE PEOPLE.WHAT IM SAYING IS IF YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING THESE MESSAGES TO YOUR BRAIN CONCERNING NEEDS AND WANTS,THEN THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE NO DESIRE TO FREQUENT LOCAL BUSNISSES OR ATTRACTIONS.TOURISTS FROM OUT OF THE AREA WILL HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT ATTRACTIONS,SHOPPING,LODGING OR DINING IS AVAILABLE TO THEM.THIS WOULD BE A FORM OF THE GOVERNMENT "CUTTING THEIR NOSE OFF TO SPITE THEIR FACE".

Rose Larkin from Harpswell, maine
Yes of course it is. Yes the REPUBLICAN CONGRESS wants to take this away. The republicans want to cut people off from the news.. Think about that too. That should scare us all.

Alan from Asheville
I wish all you did was local news. When you try to do International and National you fail. Further your list of coverage fails to mention the number one item you cover - local crime, which is why I seldom watch.

PHILIP J TURNER from Asheville
seems like just yesterday we at urtv were saying the same thing,,youve done lost like we did

Kaleb Granger from Springboro
We need the local news because it tells us whats happening out there.

joe scribner from mt gilead ohio
manny a day i've seen cable tv go down same with sattelelight dishes both recieve off dish tv attenna's will recieve when these dont grew up on tv antennas still works just fine when the cable goes down -they come watch tv on my tv set up for antenna and i keep a tv that runs off battery's for bad weather just smart

Rod from N. Florida
Local tv as well as local radio stations are vital instruments concerning public safety. In times of crises such as Hurricanes, tornadoes, severe weather, and flood warnings local broadcast (which is supported by local businesses) is in some cases the only means of hope within a hopeless situation. If we let our own government get away with this who’s to say what they will try to take away next? What is their plan for the National Emergency Broadcast System, I guess we will lose that as well unless you can afford to pay for local tv and/or radio. We need to stand up and support free local broadcast, United We Stand Divided We Fall…..God help us if we have to battle our own government in order to survive.

Dan from Grove City , Ohio
Obama and his czars will tell you people what you need and dont need and how you are going to get it. Put the would be Dictator back in the WH and see what happens.

Sherry Godfrey from old fort north carolina
please leave local tv the way it is. there are those of us that need local tv to alert us to bad weather so if it is in our neighborhood we can have a chance to save our family.without it so many people would lose their lives. washington, you need to stop giving yourselves raises and work to balance the budget with your raise money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tammy Smathers from Sylva Nc
Not everyone has enough money to pay for cable/satelite service. Why should you change something thats not brok

Tonia from Nashville
Local tv provide residents with safety/emergency information, school closing, the best route to take during horrible accidents/traffic jams, pollen/allergy count,child abduction/crime in progress, etc. Without this local information, our lives would be a lot more hectic.

danyel from san antonio, texas
oh wow...i thought that we as citizens have the right to know whats going on not only in our community but around or nation and other nations...there are ppl that cant afford cable everyone aint that fortunate..i feel that congress shouldnt even have came up with a proposal of such crap....LAND OF THE F.R.E.E, HOME OF THE B.R.A.V.E....

Mary Kelly from Lancaster, Ohio
Our community relies on local TV. We get current ,local news and information. There is no GOOD reason to change the system that is working ,in a great way. Local alerts,in many,many differany catagories, is vital to this community, DO NOT CHANGE our local TV. I am not as eloquence with my words as the goverment is in changing laws and adding taxes but my passion for this subject is strong. Leave our local TV system alone. Do not conrtol it . Do not tax it to death. Do not take local out of local TV.

Becky Winland from Columbus, OH 43207
Local Television is a necessity. Money maker though for Cable and Satellite. TV and Radio use to be free. It's about the money. I've already cut back, I have internet and phone only. I do get some local stations.

girlnarly from baltimore
watch the coyoteman and tell me local tv shouldn't be saved

v hargis from ky.
no free TV There is nothing good about that

DALE DANZEISEN from MOUNT VERNON,OHIO 43050
I AM IN FAVOR OF SAVING LOCAL TV.BECAUSE OF BREAKING NEWS ALERTS ALSO BECAUSE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND YOU I COUNTNT DO WITH OUT LOCAL TV.FOR THAT REASON

Sara
I want to see the kid that won the contest at 11 tonight!

Robert Biller from Baltimore Maryland
I am not in favor of loosig free tv because I need to keep informed of local news and weather.

Bruce from Oklahoma
Vote out the thugs in the White House. President Obama is destroying the economy and this is all the libs can come up with to help out the Satellite companies is steal local companies and force people to go to a provider or do without. The solution is to vote the establisment out with Barrack Obama and put back a government of the people for the people and by the people.

m wilson from batt;e creek,mi
on your news today about urbandale school in b.c. was ther a letter sent home, I didn't recieve one

martes from pensacola
if we had no more local news we could not know about our weather and stuff and if we had no more local sports how could we know about the high school football games and the people thats in the nfl thats from pensacola

kenny brown from pensacola
no more local news would mess us up bad

Ellison from 433 Leisure Village Drive
Save Local TV everywhere,Don't Get Rid Of It,Keep It For Everyone Who Can't Afford Cable or satellite okay

Lillian Barnhart from Amanda Ohio
Leave our local channels alone please our family uses our local channels everyday because we receive no newspaper's because of where I live.

Lillian Barnhart from Amanda
I haven't a clue as to what these so called, high powered people are doing. Leave our "LOCAL CHANNELS ALONE" PLEASE. Thank you, Because I enjoy them very much without them I would not know or have any IDEA as to what would be going on in and around the surrounding area because we receive know newspaper because, WE live out in the country and we have satelite so we can receive our LOCAL CHANNELS AND RECEIVE OUR LOCAL NEWS AND THAT WAY WE KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON OUT THERE IN THE WORLD AND ESPECIALLY AROUND AND ABOUT OUR OWN AREA. Thank you

sharon from nottingham
Its very important I dont think anything concerns people nearly as much as what is going on in their immediate surroundings

phk from asheville, nc
local tv station has no way to comment on their stories. I won't support the local tv station until they at least allow political dialogue.

Mildred Parnell from San Antonio, Tx.
Poor people and retirees can no longer stay home with internet and TV as their main entertainment for a reasonable amount. We sure can't afford to go anywhere with the high gas prices and staying home is our option. But they know that and they are going to do everything to drain us of every penney we have. STUPID IDEA.

Ray Frazier from Tuttle, OKlahoma
Absolutely loved the highlights of high school sports that aired last night at 10:30! Finally found something worth staying awake to see! Hope to see more such segments. If it was new, keep it up! If it was not, I am sorry I had missed it until now!

Juaquin from San Antonio
Who is the lobbyist and who in Congress or House is beneficiary? Keep Washington out of Local. Reminds of the movie Hunger Games - Capitolists know better than the Districts commoners.

gloria surratt from leicester nc
we are already paying high prices for everything else including tv.
We should be entitled to local tv new etc....

shawn from logan
people who cant afford cable or satellite tv should have right to watch tv.If a tornadoe flash flood, whatever war or just entertainment poor people need tv just like rich people do there has been free tv ever since ican remember iwas born in 1964 . Ithink all tv should be free

pamela mcnear from girard il
my thoughts are what about the people that dont have cable and would not b e aware of bad weather ememgencies of any kind if it were not for local tv channels

Bruce Toscano from Salem, SC
I would like to see any station thats says "news coverage", cover the news and not just have infomercials and local crap that is not news. Just makes people feel good. There are not any news programs local, state or cable and online that tell the truth. Period.

ralph from spring branch
this administration in dc could care less about your comments here. you know what to do in november. get it done or you will loose one more freedom

Scott from Pemberville, Ohio
Free is good and warnings are needed, I guess, but I don't think I would be hurt if I could not get a picture on my television for free....

Scott from Pemberville, Ohio
I think local TV might do better playing more movies.... News is good but I think there is to much, 8,9 or 10 hours a day is to much news and local TV is digging there own grave allowing this to happen.

Marilyn from Springfield
I just wanted to say that in this economy not everyone can afford cable or a dish. I know more people using antannes now than in a long time. I think this is just another method the government is using to separate the rich from the poor.

linda sheppard from canton nc
am going to have to drop cable. was going to try free tv. can no longer afford to pay high cost for cable. if it isnt free I will not have tv.

Opal Robbins from Camden, TN
If they want to balance the budget they need to give up their pay for a long while. Their not happy if they can't control everything. Local TV is very important to everyone and they need to leave it alone. Lots of senior citizens depend on it for a lot of things.

K.Gayle thompson from flat rock,n.c.
I vote for body of proof
to stay on the air.
and ALL local television to stay on the air

greg cellitti from athens, il
i beliece the government and activists are really getting out of control.

alfonso hinojosa from san antonio tx.
i grew up with local tv. all my life, i still watch cable, but its a bunch of dirty shows that i dont care to watch.

Daniel King from Columbus, Ohio
Cable TV isn't worth it, since I only watch a few stations. Network news and local news. So we rely on local by tuner and network by the Web. This getting rid of locals is BS.

Susan Dohner from Englewood, Ohio
I don't want local TV to go away. I am not at all interested in having cable. I don't need the expense of cable TV. Local TV provides all the programming I need.

Madoline Madigan from Middle River,MD
The effect on me personally would be devasting. I shop off the "marked down" shelf for groceries, keep my thermostat on 60 all winter-there is no other place I can cut. Watching the local news is just about all I have left.

Mary from Glen Burnie, Md
Government needs to keep there sticky fingers off!

Gregory Ruff from Hermitage, TN
I love local TV and cut the plug about 5 years ago and haven't missed it because we get plenty on local TV over our digital tuner. We got tired of playing for 60 or more channels we didn't watch.

Bill Durell from Etowah North Carolina
I moved here in 2001 and have only watched free TV. And look how much money I've saved in 11yrs. Please keep free TV.

ronald foster from Asheville NC
I think local tv should be saved becuase we need the news and sports are nice to watch.

Jamie from Hickman County
I never paid for TV in my life and I never will. We have to suffer through 10 minutes of commercials in a 30 minute program. Isn't that payment enough?

alex from czech
wow

Nancy Rarick from Asheville
I think that we need local tv., without it we won't know whats happening in our world and around us. I watch local tv daily. Without local tv where would we turn for weather. sport, new and other events.

Catherin from Pensacola Fl.
Please don't take away our local TV it the only way I can get the news on whats going on out there. I cann't read & don't listen to a radio. So I'm asking that you PLEASE DON'T TAKE AWAY OUR LOCAL TV.

Paul Reed from Baltimore
Enough is enough, it seems that the government what's everything we have and won't be happy until they get it

terry goddard from 37072
don't take away our local news and weather

connie oneal from stilwell oklahoma
if you dont have an hd tv doesnt matter you cant get anything on it. but would be totally stupid if they took away free channels. you still have to have money to get those channels now tho or a new tv which alot cant afford.

Pam from Cantonement
I bet this is a Republican initiative.

John Dernberger from Newark
We switched to an HDTV antenna almost a year ago. Have enjoyed every minute. Save free TV!

Merle W. McGrew from Springville
We need a local T/V station that counters the Gazette and KCRG strangle hold on local opinion restriction and left wing political dominance.

Pamela Caruthers from Nashville
I think it is a sad day when there is a price to be paid for looking at the local stations that thave been free. You pay for cable, Direct and Dish Network. There goes a number of more jobs loss. When is enough going to be enough?

Bilal Akbar from asheville nc
This is the last thing we need to worry about we have so many other problems in this country this shouldnt be messed with without local channels how will we get news an alerts. how about cutting congress salary and disperese it among the citizens. our govererment is starting to suck.bunch of ancient people that needs to retire. we need to revamp our goverment fa real.

Stephen Goble from Newland, NC
What do you all report that is worth listening to again?

You all do nothing but political pandering,emotional manipulation, display advertisements, and brainwash the community with false ideas in general.

If you reported actual relevant information instead of being scared to tell the truth then maybe you should keep transmitting but for now, shut them down so people think for themselves for the first time in who knows how long apparently.

I hope you go down with the globalist pigs you sell ad time to at this point if you aren't going to expose crooked politicians undermining the republic, cops that do anything but violate the law, the fed bank and how people are surety for others debts, how we are bonded surety through our birth certificates etc. I see no use for you all whatsoever to be quite blunt since all you spread is lies confusion for the most part.

Mark Sprucebank from Glen Burnie, md
What is this world coming to? We pay taxes, and fees, and we can't get nothing Free!. Americans should have their choice of Tv and Radio, since we do pay for Tv (Either cable, Direct Tv, or Dish).

Danny L Collins from dacusville sc
I quit direct tv and discovered
you never bothererd building a
fm transmitter for the upstate. I like sports and watched abc a lot,now it is impossible.fix this please

Cheryl Hall from Columbus, Ohio
I gave up cable television the year Eddie George got drafted. It is a luxury I cannot afford and keeps us tied to the television. Without our local programming many of us would be uninformed and isolated, we already pay our taxes and healthcare too many of us are working with an already strained budget,cable T.V. is a luxury!We need our local news. Calling my Senator!!!!!!!!

Eldon Vance from Virden, IL
Please keep local t v in our area. We cannot afford cable,etc. It would be nice if we could keep local t v .

william Norman from Pisgah Forest
we need to keep local tv stations.

Carmen M. Ramos from Baltimore, Maryland
local tv is needed-can't afford cable or statellite-Right now I can't afford the internet-so you need to keep local tv for the average person

linda burleson from nebo nc
I think local tv has been free and I don't beleive it's fair to change that. I beleive it's all about the almighty dollar.So the rich can just get richer.

Lou from Glenford, Ohio
Where I live we can not receive cable. I can not
aford dish my husband is not working. So we could not see
any news or tv at all. I only get 5 stations now.

samona barnwell mejia from hendersonville,n.c.
how are we supossed to know wen schools let out early or closes due to weather. when there are life threating events going on in our neighborhood. local t.v. is so important it gives us better weather reports than twc. we know if theres dangerous persons on the loose.we know when we need to find a different travel route due to accidents. so many things they keep us informed on. they keep me informed on wat goes on -on the cherokee reservation because if you dont live there you get left out on the happens there. so local t.v. is very important to me and my children in many ways.

Nick Epsilantis from hanover, md
I don't watch that much tv, but I use a terrestrial antenna for the local news and the Ravens and Redskins. I would not like to pay a cable company just for that.

eva mathews from grand rapids, michigan
do you people actually watch what you work to promote? or is it just a means to make money? how do you claim to care about our entertainment, take our money, then pull a great channel like fox? you will suck till forever if someone doesn't respect the audience you claim to serve and GET FOX BACK.

Rosanna Baker from Muskegon, Mi
What is up with u all taking our tv 17 away ????? We watch alot of shows on this channel. PLEASE give it BACK

Tanesha Morris from Springfield, IL
we need local Television what abut the people who can't afford to pay we still need to see when our children's schools are closed & how would people keep up with whats going on with the world today the cable companies rates are sky high already some things are meant to keep free i think it is crazy how they are trying to charge for local television i am a single mother & can't afford cable & my kids watch local TV i would be devastated

Darvin from Plainwell
I think fox 17 should sign there deal with directv to make us customers suffer this out.

Victoria Sampson from Pensacola
I wouldn't know what is going in the area because I have 3 dogs and getting the paper is not an optiom.

Deborah from Mechanic Falls
The all mighty dallar at work again.

Deborah from Mechanic Falls
It all comes down to the all mighty dallar and now a days more people don't have it and therfor need some free stuff. I'm talking about the ones that cant get monitary help because they are on the cusp of money and no money or should I say they'v fallen through the cracks and can't get out or can't even catch a brake. The ones that do pull their own weight but still are haveing hard times.

marcella from spring lake michigan
If you take away fox 17 we well go to dish network how can you pull the plug on people who watch america idol and news at 10pm.

Karrie Irey from Pullman Michigan
If Direct TV doesnt keep FOX 17 I will be moving to Dish Network. Direct TV keeps increasing our prices, just a few dollars a month, and now they want to get rid of local networks. This shouldn't be allowed.

Rise' Hoyle from Hendersonville
Please do not take away local TV. Some people are fortunate enough to have cable or satelite dishes. However, there are others that have no financial means to have anything otherthan local TV. The poor , the elderly are always the first to be hurt. THey need to know of the local news and without the funds to purchase it. They do not have information on weather, news or anything else that would be importatnat to them. It is ashame that the poor and elderly are always affected first. Save local TV for the ones who need it most, even with local TV it benefits everyone to have it. Thank You.

dms from pensacola
maybe if cox quits raising their prices that makes us pay for their employees "free"services they would have enough to keep our local stations for the viewers.

Sharon Chase from Marysville, Ohio 43040
without free t.v. we would not watch anything prices on cable are way too high and most normal people cannot afford to have it please save our free t.v.

cassie from blk mtn
we need to keep the local tv because thats how we find out whats going on in the world

Claudia De La Cruz from Norwalk, California
They're so pathetic, if they want to balance the budget, why dont they give up their raises for a few years? or why dont goverrnorsand other goverment officials pay for their own housing expenses? for example, ex-governor Scharzannager (If i mispelled his name, I dont give a shit, because it's better than what I wanted to address him as); he had the state pay for a luxury home that he decided to lease that was accross the street from the state capital building, plus bodyguards, transportation, and this is the least of his luxury expenses that were paid by tax-payers. He did'nt do anything for the greater good of California's citizens.

dwyone from baltimore
don't do it people don't have money to be paying for cable or dish or whatever kind of net work you are using. government is already robing the citizens of this country as is this has to stop. we have to pay the government in order to earn a living and barley have money to pay our own bill and now television.. Local television? This is a bunch of Garbage

sandra.hohl@aol.com from robbinsville
WE NEED OUR FREE LOCAL TV FOR
WEATHER AND MOVIES AND TV SHOW
THAT WE ALL LOVE TOO SEE ON TV
SO PLEASE DONT TAKE AWAY OUR
RIGHTS TO HAVE FREE TV.

Susan from Englewood, Ohio
I would NOT have cable even if I could afford it. I don't see the need for having cable when the ordinary TV stations have everything I need. The problem with having cable is that it is too expensive for one thing. Another thing that cable does not offer is the local programing that the public TV companies offer. Congress needs to get real and let the free local TV alone since not everyone can afford it. This is just another example of how Congress is trying to control every area of our lives. If anything needs to be changed, I say get rid of the current members of Congress and put in representatives that have more common sense and a better grip on reality than the current members do.

debra puckett from gonzales, Texas
We need our local stations. I am sitting in the middle of a storm right now and dont really know what is going on because my satellite went out because of the storm. When I was little we could just turn on the tv or radio, now its difficult to get basic information because technology has made it so complicated. I am sitting on the internet right now but i can only get info from the last forecast in san antonio hours ago. I thought with all our knowledge and technology info should be easier to obtain. What i would give to have my turn dial tv we had when i was a kid. Keep our local tv and maybe make it easier to obtain instead of harder!!!

Linda from Springfield
Why did you mention Santorum being in Effingham and not Romney being in Springfield...shame on you...
sounds as though you have your favorites...not good

Sharon from Springfield
Why did you not have on the news about Mitt Romney coming to town? Other local stations reported it but you did not. That is just not right...

Ralph and Mary Roling from Dubuque, Iowa
We need local news, weather, updatesw on sports, traffic reports, school announcements, safety and weather warnings, amber alert please let us hae something we enjoy

Ralph from Roling
We want local channels to remain, very important for local news and weather

mary sowders from Bremen, Ohio
I have always used free tv, I never intend to pay for cable, please keep it free it is essential for public safety to be informed of weather traffic and news.

CJ Barrows from Perry Co.
Wasn't it enough that the Government mandated that every American household had to have an HD box in their home to be able to watch tv. They even scrambled the analog signal. Why did the government concern themselves about how we watch tv? What does HD really stand for, Hidden Device maybe? Maybe now they can scan every home to hear what we're talking about. The Patroit Act gave them the right to scan cell phones, why not conversations in our homes? But they needed to geet into our homes. HD boxes?

Lisa from Glen Burnie
"No More Local TV" .. I thought this was "The Land of the Free " But the way things have come about it's not any more .. What happen to our America??

Justin McDonald from Sylva North Carolina
I love local TV I Beleive that if this was taken away that would be a huge problem in small communities and suburbs

Charlotte Linville from Lewisburg, Ky
I am a senior citizen, we don't get very much monthley income, we are going to have to give up a lot of things, to survive, every thing keeps going up. We don't drink or smoke gas is all most to high to even go to the Dr. We both have health problems, we have tried to sell the house but the market killed that. what else do we have to look forward to. Now they want to take away our TV, you might as well put us in a cage, or is that next.

T.V. from Edmond
Well, if local television didn't SUCK, then there would be no reason to save it..it would be watchable.

frank lockhart from Springfield
Also one more thing, if you have talking heads that repeat the Liberal montra and repeat and repeat the name of Barrack Hussein Obama it just feels like PROPAGANDA.. Many of my friends say the same thing. All the ABC spin on the Obama is more than sicking.. You LIBERAL Voice boxes disgust me and more and more thinking Americans.. And do not count your chickens yet.. The Wave of Renew Freedom is on the Way.. And it will be a Tidal Wave of disgusted Citizens. And I already boycott all your advertisers. But it will go VIRAL soon enough...

frank lockhart from Springfield
If you keep allowing the Liberal Media to control your News instead of being a truly Free Press the Obama government control army is all over you;. Get it. Stop drinking the KOOL Aid.. Stop and start being objective. Do it now, and you will have my entire support.

wanda from pensacola
keep local tv abc is number one i watch sue bob allen everyday

Deborah Turner from Corning, Ohio
Local TV gives citizens more up to the minute and precise information. It is needed for public safety, including weather alerts, and other local information not carried nationally. It would be a terrible mistake to not have local televison. It is a safety issue and a need for all localities.

Brad Hutchison from Newark Ohio
1 more thing the goverment is screwing up. They all have enough money to afford to pay big money to watch the same shows over and over. I bet if more people knew they could get tv for free the would. everyone should go out annd get a converter box and a good antena and turn the cable and satalites off. I get 13 challels to chose from if you dont like what is on turn the TV off get up and do something else. Would not hurt any of us to turn them off and get. You might just loose some weight and feel better. You might c some people or family more often, think that would hurt you? Converter box 59 dollars antena Around 75 no cable bill priceless....

Djuana Ritchie from Waverly
this situatin is government to take away free speech.hasnt our constituional rights sufford enough.

amanda from pensacola fl
without free tv i wouldnt know about anything- with the economy i cant afford cable, internet, or telephone and i use free tv to keep in touch with the weather, the presidential campaigns, news. with out it how would we know about hurricanes tornado bridge and street closers. its crazy.

george eady from 211 squirrel haven rd mary esther fl
read between the lines .it was in the news that dish and cables co .hade there worst yr ever .that is because we cant aford them .but if there is no free t.v. bought potiticians.saidit all

barbara murphy from greenville s.c.
I urge congress to keep our local stations for free, and not to even consider saling them off.

kay james from south carolina
WE NEED LOCAL TV. TO STAY MANY OF US CANNOT AFFORD CABLE OR SATALITE TV.

Anthony from 32548
When will WEAR ABC live internet video streaming be available? The cable company is now trying to overtake internet video streaming and block local tv channels on the cable network?

Frances Gasperson from Hendersonville
Local TV, Has Always been free and available to the Public, and Should Always Be.
A-Lot cannot afford Cable or Satellite, and need to have Emergency announcements of local News and Weather

James G Archuleta from Fort Walton Beach
My young cousin is in training as an AF pararescueman. Please send me the link to your excellent feature on their training from 02.28.2012. jjerryarch@yahoo.com

michael henderson from greenville,sc
come on mister big gov. leave us alone. we want our local tv.

Mary Clark
Some of us will just stop watching TV if this happens...

Laura from Wayne, ok
please leave our local tv alone.....some people can NOT afford cable or dish...like me!!! If you cancel the local tv I will not be able to get any news or weather...we have to be able to receive weather especially in tornado season!!!! which is coming here soon....Thank you Laura

Mike Smith from Columbus, OH
Let congress take a 50% pay cut to save money they get bribes all the time from lobbist Which should be crimnal

joe kearney from harford county maryland
we need local,many like myself really depend on it and cannot afford PPV or satalite

jim linder from lascassas tennessee
Please leave my tv antenna and local stations alone. Thank you

Tom S. from Galion,OH.
I also do not want to see the end to FREE local TV. I know people who all they have is over the air free TV and do not want to pay for cable or satellite TV service.

Lori Evans from Grove City
It seems like the government doesn't care about the people anymore. It's always there own agenda that drives them to make these decisions. Why aren't they asking us what we think about what they want to do? It's because they just don't care. We're expendable. What we want doesn't matter. So much for the land of the free. It's the land of the politicians.

Linda Cumberland from Dundalk
What will the poor people who don't have the money for paid for services do. They would have nothing. We can barly afford it now.

John Sanchez from San Antonio, TX
Since Channel 29 FOX channel has a connection with the MURDOCH e-mail tapping scandal, the station has no credibility with me.

Jan from Columbus
I have lived where local news was unavailable; TV with Dish, news and weather from Atlanta...never knew what to expect weather-wise or what was going on locally. Save local TV!

Rosi from Etowah
Taking away Local TV is stupid I'm disability that the only way I keep in touch with weather and new taling that away is dangerous for all of us, no alerts, or certern crimes can and will put us all in danger. keep what we have. How will I know if there's ice on the road if I dont know it got cold enough! Leave local news alone

Donna Russell from Navarre, FL
Sorry, you did post a link and I didn't see it a first. Thanks for the link. :)

Donna Russell from Navarre, FL
Why don't you post a link to a petition or links to the local Senators' email to make it easier for people to contact them?

Donna Russell from Navarre, FL
It will make cable costs go up and most folks can barely afford cable now. With no free TV, an outdoor antenna probably won't work as signal will be scrambled. I feel it is another form of government control and hurting the mid to lower class. We will have to depend solely on radio and they will probably sell off those as well, so we will have to purchase sirius or other provider. If we are ignorant of what is happening, we are easier to control (mid and lower income citizens).

Susan L from Columbus, Ohio
A lot of people can't afford to pay for cable or a Dish. It seems the government keeps ignoring us. We need Television to keep our sanity.

Beverly Martin from Balto. Md.
Just makes me want to move from this "State" of confusion more each day! My company closed doors here in 2007 and shipped our jobs to Texas, and I wonder why?? Higher Property Tax, Gas tax keeps going up along with Tax's on everything else. Now pay for local TV? This is really sad! How are people going to afford to live in this State of Maryland?

Ed Bryant from Ashville
Local TV provides news and weather warnings. This alone is reason to leave it alone. In fact the government led by socialist should leave everything alone and get out of our country PERIOD ! WE THE PEOPLE like it the way it is.......

H. S. Bowers from 37115
I was concerned when I saw that auctioning off the broadcast spectrum was attached to the deal to extend payroll tax cuts. I hope the auction does not go forward, and that access to free TV is preserved.

madelene from springfield
with the way the economy is i can't aford cable or satelite.and i like to watch tv in the evening.

Joe Roach from Parkville
Forget about it. The politicans don't care what people think, they only care about how to put more money in their pockets. Look at Annapolis and Washington, both jokes and why, because we get the government we deserve. They dumbed the schools and this is how they will do the same to the entire population.

RICK STAMPS from CHESTER MD.
SOME OF US LIVE IN SENIOR & PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES APT. COMPLEXES WHERE AFFORDABLE DISH SYSTEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED BY OUR LANDLORDS.WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE OUR SENIORS & THE DISABLED, "IN THE DARK"?. ARE WE ALL SUBJECT TO OUR LOCAL CABLE CARTEL?

glady from md
this is not crazy it is stupid and selfish. the high class don't care and when i say high class i start with so call THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATE. I bet he don't care. his pockets are always full. while are empty,at lease mines are. The next thing is going to be everyone who gets a low check to give it completely to the government. its a bunch of bull.do any body know that the USA has so much money and gasoline that hardly nobody ever thought.look it up.

david from greenville, sc
i love ABC 13 but hate the idea that cable is ruling our lives. what type of antenna is required to receive 13 in greenville?

Sharon Carr from Carroll Co Maryland
we need free tv. there are many families that do not have cable and can't afford cable. It will be a hardship to them to discontinue free tv

Al White from Baltimore
When most of are strugling from day to day just to make ends meet how criminal it is of our so-called resentatives in Washington to even consider such a proposal at our expense. This is another example of how Corporate America and the Lobby's are in total control of our Government with pay-offs or other financial incentives

Paul Stanley from JonesTown
Don,t take our freedom of Choice
away from this nation some of us can't afford pay TV.

Susan Dohner from Englewood, Ohio
We need to do what we can to keep the local news. I refuse to sign up for cable just so I could continue to get the news. I don't need to have another bill. If we didn't have the local news we wouldn't know what is going on in our area.

nora ellis from joppa,md.21085
local tv. is the only communication some have to the world. Especially the elderly.

KJB from Nashville,TN
Aren't there "MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF BY OUT ELECTED OFFICIALS??"Get this ECONOMY straitened out,GAS PRICES ARE OUTRAGEOUS.I've got enough bills to pay.I don't need the government telling me that I have to pay for TV.For all of you people in Washington..GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT AND GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE!!!I will sell my tv before I pay to watch it.

Weila from YjhPEssOAfn
Thanks for that advcie. We used to do the local expert thing long ago and not sure why we stopped. You have inspired me today.

joy from oklahoma city
if local tv goes off air and we had to pay for it there will be millions without the local news. we depened on the new to find out about the weather and if school is out. how would we find out after its changed over to congress which would also change what we watched. wheres free speach. some of us are slowly pulling ourselfs out of debt and cant afford cox or dishes offers. so now we have a tv that will sit there and only play dvds. collect from the countries that owe us money. done give out any more aid to them.we need to help those in need here in america first before going over seas and helping themfirst.

kevin ehmke from glen burnie md
dont stop it some ppl cant pay for cable the bill just keeps getting higher an higher we need to stop that bill from getting any higher

Linda from Essex
The elderly and lower class can not afford any more cost and that is there only way to see what is going on in the world today way do they always have to put a cost on things?

Glenda from Pensacola, Fl.
I can not believe that the local TV is something that the government can or would take away. It makes me feel safe knowing that I can find out what is going on in my local community on local TV. I am a senior citizen and I rely on the local news for so many things. This is totally unfair to even consider taking this away. I would feel even more isolated without my local news, weather, safety concerns, election coverage, local events, etc. All the changes in my community would no longer be televised. Those things are important to me and crutial in my mind for my feeling of well-being. I would not be able to read about all this in the news paper or internet as my eyes get tired and I would miss out on so much information that I need to feel safe, included, and just part of things.

mr from md
Most people in congress are rich.And they are listening to rich lobbyists hired by big ,rich companies.If it is such a good idea,they should speak to the general public first They need money to get re-elected,why they do not.You only hear from them at election time.If free tv goes away, the average joe cannot hear them.STUPIIIDDD!!!!

Judy Johns from Pensacola
Yes I agree that we need local TV for those of us on low income thaat are forced to buy from only one cable service because of the area we livein. So get busy and vote in the upcoming elections and change who goes to Washington

KAREN CASS from JOPPA, MARYLAND
WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT THINKING WE CAN'T HARDLY AFFORD WAHT WE HAVE TO PUT OUT RIGHT NOW . WE ALL CAN'T AFFORD AS IT IS JUST BASIC CABLE NOW THEN YOU WANT US TO PAY EXTRA FOR LOCAL CHANNELS THERE IS A REASON FOR THESE CHANNELS ARE CALLED "LOCAL" THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FREE BECAUSE THEY ARE "LOCAL" . LOOK, YOU ALL HAVE JACKED THE PRICES UP ON JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF HOW ARE WE TO SURVIVE IF WE CAN'T AFFORD ANYTHING . IT TAKES MONEY FOR GAS, IT TAKES GAS TO GO TO WORK IF WE CAN'T AFFORD THE GAS FOR THE CARS HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO GO TO WORK? THINK ABOUT ALL THE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN THINK ABOUT THESE QUESTIONS (1)HOW ARE THEY GOING TO AFFORD A BABY SITTER OR DAY CARE, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO KEEP THEIR JOBS, (3) HOW ARE THEY GOING TO AFFORD TO FEED THE CHILDERN ??????? SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.......

Ken W from Ellicott City, Maryland
I have Comcast cable. But as Comcast migrated to total digital cable, the cost went up because customers have to rent converters in order to maintain the same service. I have migrated some of my TVs to digital broadcast TV. It's free and I can receive thirty channels where I live. When I finally get a high definition TV, I'll be using it on broadcast TV because, once again it's free whereas Comcast charges $10 (now) or more per month for ever. We need to keep to keep and promote broadcast TV.

Darlene from Pasadena, Md
I wish the states that keep electing the same idiots to Congress over and over would their eyes. Charging for local TV is a VERY bad idea.

Dave from Reisterstown
This seems like another part in the continued effort of the government to take complete control of everything...including the freedom of local stations to reach out to their communities with local oriented information. It seems like another step to control our ability to think for ourselves. This must stop.

JIM from N LASCASSAS
MANY FOLKS NEED THE OVER THE AIR TELEVISION DUE TO THE FACT THAT WHERE THEY LIVE HAS NO CABLE AND IF IT WAS AVAILABLE THEY COULD NOT AFFORD IT. MAKE THE "CALL" AND "VOTE"

George from Baltimore
Keep a record of everyone in congress that votes for this and make sure they never get another seat in any government position

Dave Pickney from Westerville
Viewers need constant local up dates from our local news medias. The federal goverment, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ect could care less about Ohio and our cities. My family listens to local news not national.

Clinton Leee Brown from 9011 Simms Ave. Baltimore, Md. 21234
Local TV is all that some families have, because they can't afford pay TV. Discontinuing local TV will leave many with no TV or incurring additional cost for pay TV. Local TV is paid for by the commercial advertisements. It is just unfair to continue to place cost on the backs of every day working people.

Ken Littlefield from Severn, MD
In a day and age where congress is suppose to be trying to create jobs, why would they want to shut so many jobs down? Bet someone stuffing their pockets with money.

Charles Miller from Jacksonville
We need local tv. for weather warnings, local sports and news. it would be a huge mistake to get rid of local tv.

Pamela Houk from Milton, Fl
Local Free TV is needed. I am on a fixed income and cable or dish are not an option for me. I depend on free tv for all my news and entertainment. It isn't like I can just afford to go out to a movie. I watch whats on tv. It would be a choice of having a media lifeline or eating if free tv were taken away.

susan register from mary esther
we need our local tv wear.we watch it alot. i pay enough to dish network and the service is not that great. i don't need to spend money to watch tv. which i do a lot since i am disabled and can not do a whole lot more. my ss check on goes so far a month and i alredy have it strengthed as far as it can go

James Lingo from Milton,Fl
Channel 3 is the only station talking about local tv going away.how come we haven't seen anything on 5,10,or 15

John Mitchell from Milton,Fl
Us old folks like our T_V. Leave it alone.

rickey lewis from oklahoma city
its all ready bad enough that they turned off regular TV stations but now we have to buy canvartor boxes no reason but now having to pay monthly oh no that is just not fair so you suck for trying to make us do that so you need to thank because not every body has money to pay monthly just thank about a person trying to do that to you about you have to pay about your bmw so ya thank

Anthony Gonzales from Moore,OK
I think ya'll should keep it on because, first ya'll turned off Basic cable and now ya'll want to turn off convertor boxes all ya'll care about is ya'll money.

Nancy H, Kuehn from 940 Grove Hill Dr., Dayton, Oh 45434
I am definitely in favor of having local free TV. I have a converter box, cannot afford cable, am satisfied with the free local TV and feel it is essential to convey emergency news. I am on Social Security only and cannot afford paid TV.

Drew Ross from Upperco, MD
Loss of free local TV access to those of us living in rural N. Baltimore County would be devastating both financially and in the event of Emergency Notifications. Cable companies wish to charge a small fortune to run lines to our homes, many of which are 1/4 of a mile off the main road where the lines are run to. If you can afford optional paid wireless satellite services such as DishTV, DirectTV, Hughesnet etc., you find they either pixelate heavilly, or lose the the signal entirely during tyhe mildest of storms. Heaven help us during a severe weather/national emergency without access to our always reliable local channels. In the Spring and Summer of 2010 - 2011, many (in N.Balt.Co.), lost power in addition to cell phone services for periods extending beyond 10 days. Thanks to a rented generator and our local free TV networks we were able to remain informed and to relay critical life-saving Warnings in real time. For all intent and purposes, the major cell phone carrier services failed to exist. We can ill afford to stand independantly idle on such a critical issue of personal and public safety.

Richard Taylor
This is getting out of hand. Greed Greed Greed,we dont make the money the the big shots on the hill make.Get that bill passed and get extra money in there pocket. They dont care what it would mean to us we scrape penneys together to make house payments even worse those of us who have lost there house. I could go on forever! We need to get out and vote and keep changing no more then 2 terms !

jahrox from bmore
There would be:
No more local TV news.
No more local TV sports.
No more local TV weather.
No more televised traffic reports.
No more televised school closing announcements.
No more televised public service campaigns.
No more televised community events notices.
No more televised public safety warnings.
No more local severe weather warnings.
No more televised emergency alert services.
No more televised Amber alerts.
No more local TV election coverage.

Jason Cruz from Navarre FL
Local News Weather is Imporant Keep Local TV Free Of Charge....

jim Rupprecht from Maryland
I think we need free T.V. ABOUT THE SHUT IN, WHO CAN'T PAID FOR CABLE SERVICES.pLUS PEOPLE OF MARYLAND NEED TO STAY INFORMED. KEEP FREE t .v. KEEP FREE T . V.

jclarkson@insight.rr.com-name-James Clarkson from westerville ohio delaware county
It would be awfull to be without wsyx they provide everything in a household as far as daily tv. and news i guess if a person did not have it they would get by but it would not be easy to do so.

dianna shea from 427s grand w apt4
some people can aford cable so the only way to watch any tv we need local tv so we can watch the news and some reg.tv chanales so please dont take that right away from the pour that live day by day ty

cindy purnell from annapolis
we already pay for tv to our cable company. Enough on making consumers pay more. We are already struggling.

Paul Cappitelli from Mechanicsburg
how about playing the supposedly 'Nationally televised' Bulls/Heat game. Or should we say nationally televised except for central Illinois because they are a local station. I will not cry if these crap stations go the way of the Dodo bird.

Bob McBride from Baltimore MD
This is another attempt by the government to control us and move us to a communist country. They talk about being concerned about the poor and elderly and this will affect them because they get some of their informetion via the TV. Next they will control the radio and the internet and will be completely controled by the government.

Joan I. from MD.
How would seniors be informed of critical and essential issues affecting them if taken away by the Federal Govt? Is our President and Congress not aware of the economic hardships affecting most seniors? Many could not afford a monthly subscription fee. Seniors should not have to bear the burden of mistakes made by the President and Congress as it relates to balancing the national budget. Are the seniors considered worthless?This insensitive decision would endanger their safety and welfare!! This is another way for the Federal Government to control the media and one of many steps toward our President and Congress establishing a Communistic government. May God be with our seniors !!!

cindy purnell from annapolis
local tv is not free. We pay for cable, which does not make it free.

BOBBIE GRIFFIN from ALTUS OK
WHY SHOULD WE MAKE OTHER STATAS RICH. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND US.

Stephen from Columbus OH
Will selling the public TV spectrum really save our nation? Balance our budget? I'm sure Congress is spending our money wisely and have cut all "fat" before considering this, yea, whatever.

MarleneJ. Carlson from Springfield, IL
I'm a senior and cannot afford cable or dish. I watch the 6:00 news every night and sometimes the 5:00 news also. I depend on Ch. 20 completely for weather and news. I watch Ch. 20 in the morning before breakfast. It's the only station I can get for news.

Stephanie from Glen Burnie
I found this morning that this seems to have gone through. I can no longer get my free local channels without getting a cable box. Well guess what Comcast? I cant afford it!! Anything to make a buck.

Jasmine M. from Baltimore, MD
I don't understand. Why would you want to charge for tv? If we are already paying for everything else and the economyu is struggling, why can't they come to a more sensible solution? LEAVE FREE TV ALONE!!!

STELLA HAYES from ASHVILLE OHIO
first they took the waves we had and we had to buy boxes to get signal and now they want to take that away. all for money. little people don't count? Some of us can not afford to purchase cable etc. and only way to get emergency news. Shame on the big people behind this that do not have to stuggle to pay their bills.

R.cole from Baltimore md.
Local tv is free to local residents PAST SHOULD B PRESENT AND FUTURE. If you continue to tax the people who will pay for the service??? I personally cant afford it! My kids only c cartoons because of MARYLAND PUBLIC BROADCASTING!! Take that away from them and then what??? You can not force people to have a service they cant afford! between gas,rent and day to day living THERE IS NOTHING LEFT!!!!

Betty Rykiel from Rising Sun, MD
Stop trying to take away local TV and radio stations, please!!!!!

Rudedog from Springfiel
I will not pay more for local TV. It should not be taken away or charge individuals more money when the average person is being charged more and more every day and making less each day. This must end somewhere, we are eventually not going to be able to leave our homes because big government has charged small business and local businesses so much they will close their doors leaving just big industry that nobody can afford. Stop spending money overseas and start rebuilding the US. Hey Government, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, OH, YOU'RE NOT!!! Typical... Let's get our government in order people... vote in people that pass bills and budget the way the majority of the citizens think, rather than letting government vote whatever way they can line their pockets the most. Get out and vote these morons out.

Rudedog from Springfield, Il
When will it end? Goverment needs to adjust their spending rather than figuring out ways to pend more and charge the public more for it. Not everyone subscribes to a newspaper "That isn't local anymore either!!!" As stated the local station warns us about emergency situations and potentual hazards. Balance your budgets by not sending so much aid to third world countries. Spend it locally "Inside the US."

shawn shannon from logan
its always been free all local chanels should stay free so all the people can keep up with the world events things are hard enough dont make it worse poor people need tv too!

Jeannette Taylor from Baltimore, MD
It is important to have local television. I mean what is Congress trying to do set us back, or to try to enslave us because they have power. This a democracy not a dictatorship. Enough of trying to control every thing...and don't mess with our radio stations either.

theresa from pensacola fl
its bad busines all ready we hafe to payfor football and most dissney chanels,that has cut most shows when so without local tv what well we do.

RHONDA LYLES from COLUMBUS, OH
I FEEL THAT THEY SHOULD KEEP LOCAL TV FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT CAN NOT AFFORD CABLE OR SATELLITE TV.

LOUISEKOLEGO from MIDDLE RIVER MD
WE LOVE THIS STATION PLEASE DONT REMOVE IT. LIKE THE LATE ADDITION ALSO

carol mueller from dundalk
congress should stay out of it. we pay enough of cable, digital etc. already. they the congress make enough money, if they want it let them pay for it. we need to know what is going on in the world beside congress acting like 2 yr. olds.

Chris Boswell from Pensacola, FL
I don't understand how congress can even consider this. How do they expect to balance a budget that's never be balanced. It seems that more Socialism is at hand. We the people will have had enough and there will be a major change.

Patrick M. Drew from Tipton, Ia
I cannot believe that this is going on once again. It wasn't to long ago that everyone that wanted free TV, either had to have a digital tv or a digital box. After buying several converter boxes at 55 dollars a box, once again I am faced with a dilemma. I work very hard for the little money that I earn and I cannot afford to spend the money for cable or satellite, especially in this economy. I work outside and i am very dependant on local news and weather. I feel that it is high time the goverment attends to their own affairs and quits dumping on the little guy. They have put their noses in too many places that it doesn't belong, from light bulbs to TV. Give us a break!

Rebecca Collins from Shelbyville, Bedford Co., Tennessee
What else is the government going to come up with. The only TV access we have in our area is by Antenna reception or Satellite (which is too expensive). I think it is terrible that the powers that be are considering this. For many this is the only access that many low income families have.

James Rogers from Columbus, OH.
I am a student and struggling to make ends meet, We need Local TV

Bonnie Riddle from Baltimore MD
I'm starting to feel like a lab rat...more and more we are being forced into tiny little cells to be played with when the man feels a whim!! NO LOCAL TV! How many more freedoms will be taken away from us before it's to late...WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

John Hoyle from Hayesville N C
we in clay and cherokee counties never have had any local news we would love to fight for local t v all we get is atlanta g a heath sheuler will not help us

mary from milton,fl
I depend on wear to keep me iformed on nad of course entertainment news weather, alerts,

Tammy s from danville illinois
WE DEPEND ON OUR LOCAL CHANNELS TO KEEP UP WITH WHATS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND WITH THE WEATHER..PLEASE DONT TAKE IT AWAY FROM THOSE OF US WHO CANNOT AFFORD PAYED TV CHANNELS OR NEWSPAPERS!!

Terry Morris from 3407 W. Hernandez
EVERYONE HERE SHOULD PROTEST AGAINST THIS AND STOP GETTING CABLE AND LET CONGRESS SEE WE MEAN BUSINESS. FIRST TV NEXT RADIO. TAKE BACK EVERYTHING WHAT CONGRESS IS TAKING AWAY FROM US. IF YOU WANT JOBS TO TREAT YOU RIGHT OR NEED A JOB THEN EVERYONE SHOULD STOP SHOPPING FOR A WEEK, THEN YOU WILL SEE A BIG CHANGE IN CONGRESS. THEY HAVE NO MORE POWER THAN WE GIVE THEM!

LORETTA HEBERT from SHALIMAR
I believe pleasure of variety.freedom to have it and to have this type of ''free tv''
QUIT KILLING US with your childish, selfish .
STINGY ways ''SO ''some' ''who already have'' and get
richer.
I"m FED UP FED UP F E D UP.

Robin Selaz from 3208 West Scott
I think they should find something else to cut, it is very important to keep the local tv, how would we know imformation about hurricans or tornado's or anything regarding our city, they have gone to far now.

Derex from hOBDOqkqVAq
Free knlowgede like this doesn't just help, it promote democracy. Thank you.

Ginger Gardner from Springfield
We need our local news. How else are we gonna keep up with the local things. The newspaper sure doesn't cover it well and is to expensive any more. We NEED our local weather on a regular basis. This snow is a perfect exmple. For those of us that do not live in town, it is necessary to know when bad wether is approaching so we can prepare for it.

Linda from Fisher
I am disabled & alone most of time without tv I would be so depressed, Many elderly, disabled & low income can't afford cable, & depend on local. My tv broke down & it was so quite & depressing so lonely. I don't have a radio so if an emergency happened I would depend on pc for everything, Thank God I have a pc, they don't seem to last long though.

RITA from Pikesville
My family and I depend on local TV for information that's going on in our communities. There are some who cannot afford the high costs of Cable TV. Please save FREE TV.

George ONeal from Elkton, MD 21921
We don't subscribe to the local news paper because it has gotten to expensive. We depend on local TV for news,weather and sports

carolyn bonner from baltimore city
the thought of taking away local tv broadcasting is absurd and shows just out of touch our local lawmakers are. and to think we actually pay them to treat us less than sub-human. lawmakers get a clue. as voting citizens we need to wake up get active and start to vote those a__holes out of office.

Rebecca from Reedy
In my opinion the mistake was made when the media decide to express the view of liberal politics and stopped reporting non bias views and truth therefore, this gave the current administration the preverbal foot in the door and now the damage has been done. To control is to take away small sections and narrow down the field. Losing our local TV stations is the beginning of narrowing the field and one more loss of FREEDOM. This is not just about cutting the budget this is about control.

Pay for it from Columbus Ohio
Why on God's green earth should media companies think they should have free use of the airwaves. This is socialism. People who want bandwidth should pay for it. That's the American way.

Linda C. from Milton,Fl.
This is insane.Next they will charge us for the air we breathe.Keep local T.V. along & let us enjoy it.

David F. Griggs from Baltimore,MD 21230
I am on a fixed income and can't afford Direct TV(etc.). The local TV Channels are important as I am disabled with a leaking(sometimes) roof.I live alone.I live over a mile from the closest grocery store so local conditions information is priceless.Local government info is imperative.

Nicole from Glen Burnie, MD
Our government has made horrible decisions what to do with our tax money and their only solution is to take MORE of our money. Charging people for everything under the sun is not the answer. People need local channels to live, plain and simple. It's a vital warning and information system for people. It shouldnt just be for people who can afford it. I'm disgusted in the polticians. Shame on them for making life hard for the working fmailes in AMerica.

magdalena reyes from san antonio texas
please do not removepublic tv. all the infromation i recieve is here. weather,news, sports, alerts,and more.

Tonia Yates from Logan,Ohio
We need to save local TV.

Anita Epperson from Shelbyville, TN 37160
Local tv is all I have do not do away with it.

Kisha from NC
We need local TV. I depend on the news daily. Without local FREE TV I am not up to date with local and global news!

earl from leister,n.c.
local tv is always there,unlike cable or dish

Linda Skaggs from Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Lets see, first the take away our free TV, now our Local Stations, whats next! Look out people next thing they will come into YOUR HOME and tell you what to watch! ENOUGH OF ALL THIS GARBAGE,STAY THE ---- oput of our LIVES, When the gov. pays all my bills, then I might consider them telling me what and where I can watch. Did you know carrying a BIBLE in your rear window of your car is also one of the stupid lawmakers laws. Wake UP, they are taking all your rights, and I mean ALL. People need to say ENOUGH of all this CRAP!!!!!!!!!

stantash from Baltimore
This is rediculios its all about steeling our money with the law protection the next thing is going to be we can have tv but there will be a cost, it just make since to me to fire the ones making decision on how the finances are being spent enough is enough. they are now losing there jobs, homes, cars, bussiness close, demotions we are the ones being affected

Priest from SnfaCmIfXs
At last! Someone with real exrpetise gives us the answer. Thanks!

Wesley Horney from Caroline county
The Government wants tv and the internet to be controlled by them. That way they can tax both of these things. They are daily getting more and more into our lives . There is no need to call on Barb. mikulski or Ben Cardin as they are a very big part of the problem.

Janice Hauger from Knox County Danville Ohio
Firet of all, it would be stupid to take this away from the public, it is our way of conmunication for our knowledge, TV is great help for the people about the weather/other alerts. Thank you.

Fran Wiselady from Pensacola
We need local tv. It's so important. Do not vote for any incumbent in Congress. These are the worst set of idiots ever.

Maxine Rendulic from Dayton, Ohio
We don't have cable TV and frankly have better ways to spend our money. If we go to NO LOCAL TV. We will watch movies, skip the news, and find something better to do!

marge utterback from Mars Hill
Some people do not have cable or
dish. Save FREE local TV. Don't tax and make money on everything.This would hurt many people who don't want to pay for
cable and local news alerts.

Yvonne Edgett from Woodfin, NC
Without local TV, I would not know what was going on here, being that I have only lived here since June 2011. I look forward to the local news and weather.....

madelene from springfield il
if they start making us pay for locate tv when do start charging for locate radio.

Elizabeth from Springfield, IL
It's not too late,let's take back our country! Accountability begins with the 'people'.
Americans if we don't act NOW;next year will be too late.
Spread the info to family, friends & neighbors...
Let's stop Congress stripping our freedoms!

Elizabeth Nutter from Rutherfordton,N.C.
i HAVE SATELLITE, FOR NOW,BUT IN THE EVENT I CAN NO LONGER AFFORD IT,WHAT THEN? WHO IS THE IDIOT WANTING TO DEPRIVE US OF OUR LOCAL T.V. STATIONS,IS IT NOT BAD ENOUGH THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC HAS TO PAY UPWARDS OF $100.00 OR MORE JUST TO EVEN VIEW LOCAL CHANNELS,TO DENY US OF THAT RIGHT IS PREPOSTEROUS,AND PLEASE KEEP IN MIND,WE,THE PEOPLE VOTED YOU IN,AND WE THE PEOPLE CAN AND VOTE YOU OUT,SO UNLESS YOU WANT TO FIND YOURSELF AT THE BACK OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE,I SUGGEST YOU FORGET ABOUT THIS RIDICULOUS SCAM,I HAVE BEEN ON UNEMPLOYMENT FOR TWO YEARS NOW,AND IT IS NOT A FUN PLACE TO BE

joyce blanken from hendersonville nc
Thus would be alful to not be able to get your local news alerts and weather to be able to keep up with or community news crime rates and all that we are giving with just our ;ocal channels.

Eluizabeth Klages from FaLLSTON, mD.
Doesn't Congress have better things to do than trying their hardest to make the lives of citizens miserable? Leave television alone, work on the lousy economy that Washington has put us in.

JOHN OCKERMAN from COLUMBUS
We have too much goverment they just do not get it in washington to me his scrapng the bottom of the barrel if they do not have enought to work on maybe there are to many politician in washington

Donna Bell from Nashville ,TN 37208
Please keep our local TV station because it plays a very important part in our every day lives. Local news is one of the only ways that some of us can stay connected to what is happen around use today.

Seane from lewiston
Its not free its paid for by advertising dollars,Time and the money we spend on the products we like that are advertised to us..Thats not free.Its worked fine for years.Companies and government are just evil and greedy.

Patsy from Mt. Victory
Are you serious?? There are hundreds of thousands of people who would never be able to afford pay tv. Translation: who is going to sit through all of those dumb----- political advertisements then. Free TV should never NEVER be even questionable!!!And since you are busy giving all of our jobs away to foreign countries that number is just going to keep growing.

miranda soto from columbus ohio
please save fox 28 and channel 6. those are the 2 channels i watch on insight cable. i like those 2 channels

Richard L Walker from Pensacola, FL
It is OK for PBS to "go away" but when your station is on the potential chopping block it is time to get concerned. Hmmm.
We should all pull together, not pick and choose which divides our community.

Guy Cartwright from Powell OH
Who do they think they are? The PUBLIC tv bandwidth is not the Congress's to sell! It belongs to the public. Free television is essential to free speech.

Richard Martin from Asheville
The news leader? Bull!

Tiana Diaz from Stone Hill
Why has my FOX 45 gone away, today? Is its disappearance related to this issue of local TV being charged or taken?

Dana Smith from Lancster, oh
The excuse for converting TV to digital was so more Broadcast spectrum would be available for emergency services. This, as is so typical of our out of control government, turns out to be a ruse to generate revenue by selling the additional spectrum to the highest bidder; ie, Sprint, AAT, Verizon, etc.
While digital TV has a great picture, it is severely limited in broadcast range and if one lives in fringe areas it is very unreliable.
Sincerely,
Dana Smith

Jane Baxter from Niceville, FL
Where would we be without local TV? The local newspaper is almost useless but local TV is a must have.

Daniel J Gaiser from Windsor Mill, MD
I don't pay for TV and I won't pay for TV. The government has no right to do this. If they really want to balance the budget, they need to cut spending including much of the money they are spending on the welfare services that keep the people dependent on the government.

Jerry Devoy from Crestview, Fl
You are about to cause me to go to Direct TV.

Bob from Baltimore, MD 21206
It is not the citizens fault that congress can not balance the budget...It's pretty easy... stop all the out of control spending that all you politicians are accustomed to. We are more than offended that you would consider charging us for free television. Because of all of you politicians extreme wastefull spending habits...all the money in the world is not enough to accommodate your wastefull spending habits. Its too easy for you all to spend innocent citizens money. We demand that you stop the foolishness NOW.

TOM W. from RISING SUN, MD
I WONDER HOW MUCH MONEY THE CONGRESS AND SENATE WOULD POCKET IF THERE WOULD BE NO MORE FREE TV OF OUR LOCAL CHANNELS?!REMEMBER THE 2012 ELECTIONS ARE COMING RIGHT1

ginger haddix from columbus ohio
unbelievable hurt the poor people and middle class everyone cant afford cablepeopledont have jobs thatn pay much more than minimum wage how can they afford cable even basic cable food and rent utilities eat up all they earn shame on our government hurting the poor kicking them when they are down its also a safety concern no warnings of bad storms no emergency alerts what is wrong with our government we are afraid to tax the rich but not afraid to kick the poor around shame shame on our elected officials

sarah from fairview nc
congress leave our local tv alone its important for safety etc .alot of people can't afford to pay for it,what about the elderly?

ANONOMOUS from shalimar
i'M sick OF ''THE MINUTE''''THE NOT RICH'' SQUOZE OUT TRASHED ON AAND TAKING OUR RIGHTS AND WHAT LITTLE WE HAVE.
tHANK ''GOD'' I HAVE A RIVER OF PEACE, AND KNOW THE GOODNESS OF ''GOD'' AND HE GIVES US THESE P[EACE AND JOY
''the wicked system IS failing

scott from milton
we need to keep the free tv because there are some who cant get paid tv and we need it for stroms

Julia E. Oliver from Port Deposit, MD
I had always heard that the airwaves were free. Only idiots like our congressmen would try to charge for something designed to be free for all Americans.

jennifer from pensacola
we need local tv to get news about whats happening and to keep informed about weather and storms

Johnae from Chram City
Not everyone can afford cable or satilite tv, so I vote no no no to us not having local tv. Who came up with the idea? WELL WHOEVER THINKS THAT IS RIGHT NEED TO COME DOWN OFF THERE HIGH HORSE.

Mike from Nashville
The liberal controlled media and our government are bedfellows. To deny it is to admit your complete and total ignorance. The noose is closing slowly but surely and every bit of information we have in our "free" society will all be state run just like any other socialist/communist/marxist nation. America better wake up and do it fast!!!! Did you all miss the so called "net neutrality" scam once again enacted unconstitutionally by this out of control government. Do your homework and check up on it while you still can.

Stephanie from PIkesville
I'm a so happy that Verizon FIOS finally got some sense. They had already started loosing customers even if they had to pay a little more. I pesonal love FOIS it never goes out and this is why I was so upset and my bill is low because I got it when they first came out and I still have my promotion. The sad thing is how could Verizon had been so eager to let local channells go don't they know what kind of uproar they was creating. They not stupid just made it seem they didn't care about their paying customers.

Eric from Powell
I'm assuming this is in response to the "Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum Act" introduced by Republican Greg Walden from Oregon. It's hard to tell since there are so few facts in the post aside from claims designed to get people all worked up. It has to do with the reallocation of the broadcast spectrum to accomodate growth for cell phone data. It seems very unlikely that local tv would "go away". Even the National Association of Broadcaster supports the bill. "NAB strongly endorses spectrum provisions in the incentive auction bill passed out of the House telecommunications subcommittee today. This bill balances sound spectrum policy with protections against the potential considerable loss of local TV service by millions of Americans." Additionally, the Democrats have just introduced H.R. 2482 which would further protect local tv's spectrum. For all of you complaining about the government taking over local tv: the airwaves are and have always been public property. It's the government that protects them for the smaller players. This really comes down to what people want more: their texting and smart phones or their local tv. If it weren't for the government, the industry with the deeper pockets would win.

Adam from Sumner, Tn
The government will not be happy until everyone is miserable and depressed... They wounder why the suicide rate is up!

karen woods from hendersonville tn
My gosh,there is so few things we can do for free. Whats next charging us for the right to breathe? Not everyone can affors to pay for tv. We already have to have a converter box.

Thomas R. Taylor from 2651 Barclay Drive, Nasville,TN.
Take AWAY LOCAL T.V. and WE THE PEOPLE WILL FIRE YOU AND PUT people up there that will TRULY represent us, THE ONES WHO YOU THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE! Remember, YOU CAN BE REPLACED!

Susi from Mary Esther, FL
It is part of the government's plan to stop communication. There is also a plan to stop communication via computer under the guise of copyright protection.

Millenial from Cbus
Don't believe they TV hype. The frequencies are going to be used for faster mobile data services. I'd rather have that than local television, I can get local news and announcements through my smart phone. Most of my generation doesn't even turn on the TV anymore. It's an antiquated service that wastes time.

J. Jones from Annapolis
Yes, it is very important to have our voices heard, that we the people need to be able to have the availability of local tv news such as FOX 45 and others on a daily basis.

John Ockerman from columbus ohio
Due to my income bracket if they do this i cannot afford cable for me it would be no more tv no more news hinse i cannot afford to buy the paper so im sunk. This sound like big trouble for the poor and why did the goverment require us to buy the convertor from analog signal to digital and then pull this on us too much goverment thanks for you time.

DELORES GARRETT from Baltimore
People in my senior/mix population building can no longer afford cable or satellite. The converta box keep losing channels and television is getting to expensive to watch the owners are just greedy. Sooner or later people are just going to give up on T.V. all together because we are paying to watch the same stuff over and over again. We are being taken for every dollar thy can get, and thy are getting away with it. I feel like I am being robbed legally!! When will the greed stop?

Laura Stone from Annapolis, md
We would like to vote yes to keep channels Fox 45 and 10 on the Verizon company.

Carrie from San Antonio, Texas
First they make a change to digital broadcasting, now they want to take away our ability to view TV with out having to pay for cable, wireless, or satellite? It is an effort to take money out of our pockets with the help of our elected politicians, to put money into to the pockets of the companies. Soon we will only see what is made available to us and we will be paying for it......It is not for our benefit.

C Beekman from Kettering, OH
I think it's BS ~ what about those who can't afford cable, etc? What if "the big one" hits and we don't have our local radio on the "special radios" we have purchased in case of demise? What about the converter boxes we were "forced" to buy because we could not afford to go digital and the government subsidized that program by giving $40 discounts for us to purchase the converter boxes? WHAT ABOUT US, THE PEOPLE!!!???

Kasara from iureljPnVlwlQA
One or two to reemmber, that is.

Bill B from San Antonio TX
We need local TV to stay. Not all of us want or need 500+ channels with really nothing to watch.

Randy Horsey from severnar@live.com
My understanding is that fox 45 is to be dropped by Verizon. Is that so ? If so good by Verizon.

John Dages from Baltimore Maryland
Fox 45 channel must not be taken off, we need the news it tells.

Brandice from XCDamktlhPxBWHLcNr
I found myself noiddng my noggin all the way through.

Minnie Kennedy from Howard County
In todays economy Why is the goverment getting involed in Our local channel. We have enough to worry about with out being charged for local channels. I enjoy watching fox 45 news and progroms.

Batt Delia from Glen Burnie,md
If Verizon kills local channels, will that void my contract?
I hope so...

Robin from Marysville Oh
Who thought this up? Of all the stupid, idiotic, pointless, mindless, DUMB ideals. This current congress has got to GO!! Not one of them is getting my vote next election!!!

betty DeVeas from parkville
Our family watches Fox 45 and CW frequently, especially the morning news and weather. There are also several evening shows that we enjoy. Why would Verizon not want to continue showing these channels. I certainly hope that this issue can be resolved in the favor of all the subscribers who count on watching these programs. I think that many people watch them as much as they watch the network channels.

Darren Meyers from Niceville
TV can remain free as long as the local TV station continue with their current business model. The fact that people aren't discussing is that the Federal Government has always dictated the legal uses for broadcast frequency and sold leases for those frequencies. The only thing that is changing is the TV stations now have the technology available to change their business model. This is not communism as a previous poster suggested. This is capitalism in it's purest form.

Diane from Seelbach
Channel 20 is the best news station I know of. Without it I would be lost. Please dont take it away.

Rachel from sw okc
didnt we already have to pay a fee for free tv? the boxes we all had to buy just to recive the tv chanels?? That didnt work so how would charging everyone more to watch tv, dont the goverment understand that we will all find away around this? even if its by cell phones and watching movies instead of paying for tv? just wondering

Pat Pritchett from Catonsville
Spoke to Verizon today..everyone with Fios needs to phone them to keep FOX 45. You can make a difference,

tammy huron from san antonio, tx
we also need local tv, to know what is going on

carolyn fowler from crestview
local t.v. is very, very important to me because I don't buy the newspaper everyday so i watch the local stations to get the local news and weather. also there are alot of shows on these local channels(ie: ncis- los angeles, bones criminal minds) that are not shown on other cable t.v. stations. i bet cox communications will not give me a price break on the bill for all the stations that will no longer be broadcast. i will still be paying the same high price for fewer channels.

june davis from 28462
every one needs to hear news

Norman Guido Sr from Catonsville,Md
I want to know who in congress is sponsering this bill.I like to tell them that,if a super commity can't balance the buget,why in hell drop the debt problem on the backs of hard working people.Leave local TV alone assholes!!!!!

erma from columbus ohio
iwouldlike ABC6and fox28 to stayon i can afford to go to another provider in god we trust him

M guido from catonsville. md
Shame on you FOX! Try telling the 'real' truth about why local TV would go away and it has nothing to do with congress and more to do with how well or bad good 'ole fashion station management runs the business of Ad sales. TV Ads always have and always will be the core basis of what pays for the station and the programming. If that isn't the case then what the 'heck' are all those commercials about and where are all the 6 figure dollars they spend to air them for 15 seconds a pop go?? Don't spit in my face and tell me it's raining. Try cutting your six figure pay checks to save local TV before you let it go to 'paid contact viewing" Take a page from Verizon's good will and refuse to go there. I'll GLADLY STAY with FiOS because that is exactly the reason FiOs wont have it, because Verizon refuses to jump on that wagon. No I do not work for ANY TV or cable company. I am simply a ticked off consumer. Comcast and all those other idiots can jump on your "lets see what else we can squeeze from the viewers band wagon", and i'll get my programming on the internet or from other sources. Wake UP people. there is nothing to save here but the insult to our intelligence. Watch the ADs and how many run throughout the day and ask yourself...how well are they REALLY doing and then ask them what IS the REAL reason they want to save local TV!

Phil Wilson from Mustang, OK
I remember when HBO began here. Great movies, good price, no commercials. Then came the commercials and in turn, cable has become the same as local television but the price is not worth it. People with hidden agenda's have reasons to stop local TV. Just follow the money. Phil W.

JD from Forest Hill, MD.
Are they all nuts in Washington? I cannot believe such a bill as this could even be considered. Would like to know who came up with this,yes it resembles the book burning in Nazi Germany. And I would consider dropping my Cable Co.

Barry from Taneytown
I still dont see the Senate bill number or what it is attached to. Hary Reed from NV was sponcering it but it woulf be good if Sinclair Brodcasting would post it for all to read. Better yet , post a link to the web site so that people will becom familure with readind all senate bills .
Thanks BBG.

Tina from Milton, fla
We Really need Wear abc 3..They do a great job at keep my family up to date and safe please don't take it cause it is a big help to many families.everyone needs that extra info to help them get out in time and if you take that away & make them pay for it . it maybe the one life that could have been saved. please leave the tv alone.

Glenda Miller from Hebron, Ohio
Without locat TV I would not be abel to get inportant emergence information when I need it most. and would not be able to get local news, comunity events news, Weather alerts, AMBER alerts and locat travel alerts for driving to work

Christina ANgel from leicester north carolina
i depend on local television to let me know whats going on in this crazy world that were living in and without yall telling me i wouldnt know how the weather is going to be if there is a burgular in the area yall are helpful to me of my family and i personally would like to thank yall for all the great things yall do

Daniel J. Rathbone from Fines Creek , North Carolina
I can assure you that I support the #13 News in Asheville ... just let me know what more I can do , and I'm sure many thousands of viewers that depend on your daily broadcasts for Wintery road conditions & school closings and early News would absolute-Ly agree with that .. ;-)

Having said that , I get #13 from Direct TV , if they go up , I can either pay the increase (which I genally do).

or , if they start charging me an arm&aleg ,,, just saying , ya know ? hmmmnn ?

Here on Fines Creek , it's Sat or rabbit ears ... so in a manner of speaking , I and many others are between the proverbial 'rock& and a hard place' on what we see on our TV ...

but I'll pay to keep you , no worries , y'all are Family. :-)

Mary E Davis from Bryson City N.C.
I do not understand why this government or any government that states it is a government 'for the people and by the people' would deleberatly withhold a service from the people which would and does help them in so many ways.
In coutries where there are dictators,or, where dictators are about to take control; the first thing that is seized is the media. It is taken over by the controlling party and then shut down.
Please tell me that is not about to happen here.
This type of thing lends credence to the internet gossips who say we are about to lose our country and/or become under the control of a dictator.
Does Washington not understand this type of behaviour adds fuel to he fire of discontent that seems to be brewing in this country?
Thank you and keep up the good work.
I watch your news cast when it is possible.

Jose Ortiz from Edgewood
If local tv goes away it would affect me and my family cause that is all we have to watch we cannot afford any kind of cable or satalite we just don't have the money to cover the cost of it so then we would not be aware of the stuff that would be happening like stormy wheather or anything so would alot of the people im my community it would affect us the poor the mostthat why we should have local tv also it

Tina Osteen from Asheville, N.C.
I think it's just another way to get money out of us. Some people can't afford cable and should have access to local tv stations.

Marti Young from Madison, MD
We live very close to the water & depend on local weather reports to keep us safe from flooding. We watch local news every day & it would be horrible to lose that.

Victoria Sampsohn from Pensacola
I am not getting the paper due to dogs in the yard, so the local news is the only way I have of seeing to what is happening near me. I sure would miss it and would find a way of getting it even if I would have to put a tower. Shame on the congress.

Tonja from Aberdeen, MD
Are you kidding me? Taking away local TV would be asanine!! If they want to take every cent we make, then why do we work? America the free, right?

rebecca ball from columbus
its not like we can afford to go out and be entertained.. keep our local tv so we dont go insane

Maryland from EdBZdQcOkWxGIx
Kudos to you! I hadn't thhogut of that!

Mark from Columbus
Actually, I don’t watch commercial tv due to its lousy programming and uninteresting shows. Turn off the tv and read a good book. Hang with your family. Do something constructive. TV isn’t worth the trouble.

Don Ruder from Springfield,Il.
BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!

hector avalos from von ormy
I would really hate to loose local TV i cant afford cable and i rely on the local news to get me through the day. Have you gone at least a day without TV it like your clueless not knowing what to expect for the day.

patricia coggeshall from miamisburg ohio
did anyone see the v shape object in the sky saturday evening around 7 or 7.30 over southern miami township

Ryan from carroll Co MD
I am just getting ready to cut the cord, if all of us did it then the cable networks would be forced to go OTA.

Kaylin from qtzfEApmtdrInPxHGqy
A few years ago I'd have to pay smoenoe for this information.

THOMAS DAVIS from COLUMBUS,OHIO 43215
WE NEED THIS SINCE EVERYBODY CAN'T AFFORD CABLE TV.
LOCAL TV HAS BEEN AVALIABLE SINCE TV WAS ESTABLISHED.
WHY CHANGE IT NOW? KEEP GOVERMENT TO TAKING CARE OF OUR COUNTRY.....IT' IN TROUBLE.

Kim from Ohio
w/o local tv alot of people who do not have income will be screwed. who cares. the government don't. they do what they want and we have to accept it. I'm 4 and we always had tv with the normal channels. I bet if people quit paying for the innernet and cable it would come back.

Jenny Taylor from Asheville
Keep Our Local news. This only way we have to our local weather and news. Please do not take from us. For the poor we do not much left do you have take all. well rich seem to have everything. please concern our needs as well. T Thank You Concerned in asheville

James Lingo from 32583
Why is it u r the only station Ive seen thisb advertisment on. channel 10,5,15 dont seem 2 b effected WHY

Doeserena from Spivey
That would stink because I am a boomrang and a shut in at 51 and can't have cable. So if I am 51 and a shut in, then it would stink for the impoverished and others older than me! Are you kidding?

james brown from 37129
save locsl tv

Sam from Columbus, Ohio
Who do you think you're kidding. Here in Columbus, Fox wants the cable companies to pay them for providing local "free" TV. When cable companies bulk at your greedy demands, you run constant crawls across the screen urging customers to switch to other cable companies. If the cable companies have to pay you to carry your "free" TV, who do you think is going to pay that fee? It will be passed on to the customer. Stop playing innocent victim. WTTE Fox TV in Columbus, Ohio is a sham. Fox and their sister station, Channel 6 are the only channels in Columbus to pull this crap. I will switch to any cable company that drops the local Fox station from it's lineup. Fox programming can be imported from another city and I can get my local news from other Columbus stations that aren't as greedy as Fox. BOYCOTT FOX in Columbus.

sandra cook from Mt. Airy, Maryland
Local television represents the voice of citizens from either side of the fence. By taking away local television you are taking a big step toward censorship, and government controlled media. You will only receive news that is approved by either big business or big government. Who will decide what we hear and see p better yet what we will not see? Is this really America? Read the constitution.

Nancy A. Jones from Columbus, Ohio
Please save free t.v.! People like me cannot afford to pay for television - and we rely on it for important news, weather alerts, government issues, and so much more. It is also the only form of entertainment for the house-bound (please think of what it would feel like if YOU were stuck inside the house without enough money to pay for programming. I know it would be horrible for you - especially if you were not able to do other things.) Thank you for yoour thoughtfulness and consideration.

tommy christian from oklahoma city,ok
save it what whould i do without it i don't have cable

Edward L. Lynch Jr. from Hamiton Twp.
We do not have many choices out here. Not many cable companie beside insight service this area. The only company is Disc. We need channels 28 and 6. Most local sports are on those stations. Time Warner went thru this same situation last year and they came thru it, so can insight.

carol horn from Cedar Rapids IA
Unbelievable! I thought that light bulb was in the trash can...I guess not! Call those congressmen, protest, occupy if need be. What a crying shame that our leaders could even imagine doing something this horrible to the public, especially children in school for cancelations ect. They should be tar and feathered!

Josh Akers from Hendersonville TN.
Congress should take a pay cut and we should stop paying for there dinners and there plane rides and all the other things they do and we pay for and make the other countrys start pay us back what they borrowed are we not a free country or is this part of the new wold order.

Robert Schneider from Severn, Maryland
IMO, local TV is convenient however makes no difference, the liberal stations only sensor and report the left agenda for the largest part

Anna from San Antonio, Texas
Local television is all a family with a fixed income can afford, we can't even afford cable in years. Please save our local TV.

Jackie Green from Milton, FL
I look forward to watching the local television news on WEAR TV; it is my heartfelt concern of what is happening within my fast growing community as well as the surrounding areas of which I live.

Local news broardcast gives up to date/current news topics that captivates ones interest of concern.

Local news is gives informative information about up to date knowledge that the community is not aware of...Blindsided and other topics in Florida,uhh!

Local news gives important details that the public needs to know about and be aware of.

We live in a fast paced society and there's not always time to sit down and read the newsaper.

The Millionare on WEAR as well as Wheel of Fortune fox10 are two shows that I watch daily; while watching one I am recording the other on my DVR.


I hope that these comments can keep Local television broardcasting for years to come.

I can't imagine television without the local stations.

J. Green

KayCee from Severn, MD
Soon there will no longer be a middle class. Just the rich and the poor, the latter being in greatest number. When will the sheeple rise to revolution...only when all is lost

Zella J. Smith from Pataskala, Ohio out skirts of Columbus. Oh
I can't believe that the goverment would be so heartless to do this to the people of the United States of America. we are barely making it from one pay check to another and some have no pay check at all. The goverment workers in Washington make plenty of money. Why can't they take some cuts in their pay to help their own people since they suppose to care about us. (Yeah right!!!!) this is all about putting more money into their pockets and not about we Americans. "God Bless Us All"

Morrison from Columbus, OH
To both Cable and Local TV - stop holding the customer hostage! Some locations have only one choice for Cable and want availability of all local channels. Leave the politics on the table and think of the consumer for a change.

3 november from san antonio
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cahy hudson campbell from oklahoma
we need our locak television especailly for amber alerts emergency notices school alerts alerts an not just closings. But weather & sports{football}& news

jamesandCathyAhlich from panorama,ca
save free tv and our right to hear free speech.

shirley shannon from oxford,oh
many people like myself depend on local tv,taking this away would be 1 more freedom lost.

Sheila Palmer from Wing,AL
Our government does not wont the people to be informed.We are on a very low income and can't afford satellite & being close to a tv tower we can't receive any our chanel without being scrambled.The people have the right to be informed on any and all events, but our gov is trying to take all of our rights away .We can't let them take anymore.

Trish from aeSYdZCuMFldWx
I want to send you an award for most hlepufl internet writer.

Frank Elliott from New Gloucester
I watch WGME daily & would miss the local news & weather if free T.V. was taken away..

cathey shuler from sylva,north carolina
I LIVE ALONE IN THE MOUNTIANS
OF JACKSON COUNTY, I LISTEN TO THE LOCAL NEWS DAILY.I AM DISABLE,DIABETES AND MULTIBLE
OYHER MEDICIAL CONDITIONS.THE LOCAL NEWS KEEPS ME UPDATED ON WEATHER NEWS,PLUS JUST WATCHING TV. PLEASE LEAVE IT ON.THANK YOU,CATHEY SHULER

Dianne Herman from Columbus Ohio
I want to save local TV! I am 43 years old and have never had cable TV, I enjoy just watching the local TV stations. You know you are going to hear about local news and weather because they are right here in our neighborhood!

Jack from Centerville, OH
Enough is enough! Cable TV is not for everyone! I subscribed for many years and it caused me a lot of frustration. Movies that played over and over on many channels giving me thousands of stations and finding nothing of value to watch. I get more enjoyment in having the local stations and the programing I receive for FREE! In these trying times of unemployment, incomes being depleted and more retirees coming of age we don't need government and big business taking more freedoms away from the public. LEAVE OUR AIRWAVES ALONE!! It would be no different than the countries who try to block information coming to the masses. It would prevent those who have to decide where their monies go from having access to up to date visual news and entertainment. It would take us backward, not forward.

jaw crusher from shanghai
TV waste me a lot of time.

Paul Reed from Baltimore
It's bad enough my family can't go out as much anymore if we lose local TV what then. Keep congress out of the marketplace.

thomas from pensacola
stop trying to control everything

NWright from Lawrenceburg, TN
All I have is local TV. I refuse to pay for TV, all they do is show the same shows over and over again. You can have 100 channels and still not have anything too watch because you have seen it all before. The language, sex and violence is out of hand. I like to know what is going on in my little part of the world and not some other state.

Debbie from Crestview
I need local TV, We live in an Rural Area and they do not offer cable where i live, and the companys that offer dish network and Direct tv are way to much for me to pay these days. I watch local channels and PBS stations so i can keep up with the latest news and weather. You take that away from me and i am in Trouble.

sherry wilson from crawford county
This would be devistating to get rid of our local news stations. Alot of ppl including myself rely on them for weather alerts school closings and many other things. LEAVE OUR STATIONS ALONE!

Susan from Englewood, Ohio
I would like to see local television continue. The stations we have in the area do a great job of providing the services they do. I am not interested in having cable even if I could afford it. Local television provides me with all the programming I want to see.

Aaron C. Jones from columbus,Oh
if local tv goes away i won't be able to get news and information
or watch free over the air tv

Rudy Ramirez from San Antonio
Leave free TV alone, and do not balance the budget!

sheryl arinder from goodlettsville,tn
i think we should save local TV.
i look forward to the news to see what goes on around us.how traffic is in the mornings for my commute to work.or if im taking a trip,and i love the weather also.they can not take local TV off.

Cliff Jackson from PASADENA, MD
YOU'RE HURTING THOSE ON FIXED INCOMES, THEIR NUMBER IS GROWING DAILY!
WHERE ELSE CAN YOU GET TRUTH?

John Hall from Abingdon, MD
not everyone can afford cable Tv this people have the right to see everything we do what about and emergancy they was no way of getting info about it, this is plain stupid, stop giving out cell phones to the people on welfair and to the people who just dont want to work, use the mmoney to provide and service of a better nature to them like tv for the news weather ect...

chrissy hause from baltimore, MD
local TV is the way everyone get the news and can know what is going on. I have a 94 year old neighbor who lives by the local news.

Monica Thomas from Carroll, OH
I am sure after watching the disappointing coverage and biased support from the local Fox news anchors regarding the porn star reading to children in a California elementary school, that Fox 28 news is not a positive influence on our community. When so many people have a real problem with porn and it devalues their commitment and thoughts towards the opposite sex, making light of the fact of having a well known porn star only enhances the demoralization of our country. I will not support the local Fox News 28 network in Columbus, OH unless this changes. Thanks, Monica Thomas

Gary from Dayton, Ohio
No more locl TV leaves us the pleasure of cable & dish to tell us what to watch.

d Williams from Harford county
If it goes away I will not have anything I can't afford to pay for cable. Because all .the other. Things. I have to pay for I am on a fixed. Income.i guess I won't know what's. Going. On in the world.

james simpson from biddeford,maine
why,why,why ! most people do not have cable and people only have basic tv, 13,6,8, and some other station's.
don't shut down local tv.

Dave Swenka from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
This sounds a lot like Reverse Mortgaging and the Social Security scams: What starts out to be an economic solution ends up filling the originators’ pockets. While the fuel prices keep climbing making outside entertainment less attainable and the average cable/satellite channel costs rising out of site, this is not the time to be taking such a valuable tool from the American voter.

Sandie from Baltimore, MD
Please save our local TV. We the seniors need it. Let us be heard. We have earned the right to be heard.

larnell wilson from northland needmore
hi i think the people should have tv. because it is fun and sometimes to look at keep the kids out of the streets larnell wilson o and i have a singing group we sing r&b and we love the kids thanks

Amanda Aranda from San Antonio,Tx
We should be able to have freelocal tv. The necessity of having is for our local news, and the descent show that it has for our young children such as pbs and qubo and other great shows that are skillful, and still keep the innocence in our children!And for the people who are on a monthly budget and cable is too expensive our prices go up in the grocery stores and gas etc. that we feel that having another bill is extremely wrong.

Della Allen from Milton Fl.
I thought the reason we have to endure the insane amount of commercials was to pay for our free local T.V.

felicia from baltimore city,maryland
I think they should leave local tv alone , we already have to pay for everything we as Americans" suppose to be proud off our counrty not run away from it because we can't afford tv so we can know what's going in the world .If they were to attack us again millions of people are giong to die because we don't have the proper notifications that we need to know what is happenning in the world.

Patti from Ohio
We need local tv i cannot afford sattelite and cable isnt available in our area many disabled persons would be with out any means to receive weather alerts and other important issues . Please dont take local tv away .

Tom Taylor from 2651 Barclay Drive, Nashville, TN
If those idiots in Congress want to KEEP their JOBS, THEY HAD BETTER LEAVE FREE T.V. ALONE! If they don't they WONT have a JOB in congress again EVER! And I bet no-one would give them a job at either.

Michelle from Delaware
TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO T.V. WOULD BE DISASTROUS AS IT WE WOULD BE VULNERABLE TO THE UNKNOWN AND WOULD NOT KNOW OR BE ABLE TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING. BAD IDEA...VERY VERY SCARINGLY BAD IDEA

Lee Jividen from Prospect
The PUBLIC offictials should stop robbing the working class with more taxasion. Implement flat tax for all and work with a budget. Thats how us working class have to live and stop voting themselves a raise whenever things get a little tight.

Ron Westrich from Cincinnati Ohio
I don, want someone telling us we can't have free public access. Otherwise I guess it will have to be radio only.

Gregroy Fitzgerald from Lewiston Maine
We definitely need local tv!!!!!!!!

David from Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Hasn't Local TV already "Gone away"??? At least as far as WLOS TV is concerned. Your company abandoned us years ago buy choosing to save money and not upgrading your transponders to the digital format. After being a faithful 13 watcher for almost 50 years..now I only have CBS NBC available to me. THANKS!!

Brian Leonard from Portland
It would be important, but the stations in Maine are owned by affiliates that already own radio and TV stations nationally. Most of these owners are already Conservative, Christian Right, Corporate Minded and interested only in profits, not what the real stories are. So...What's the difference... Local TV is already sold out.

Amanda Gonzales from San Antonio, Texas
Not cool to want to eliminate local tv.

Donald Small from Arnold MD
I love local TV, especially Fox 45. It's the first thing I turn on in the morning and the last station I check at night. It keeps me in touch with my Baltimore community.

Daniel Butler from Medfield/Baltimore City
Taking away free local TV would contribute to big business running all over Americans. There needs to be an option for those of us who WILL NOT give our money to cable and satellite. The end of free TV would mean the end of TV for me.

janice engle from ponca city okla
Almost forgot, It is sad that tis could happen, why would anyone want to do away with something that is a big help to so many ? I hope we get to keep the Locat t.v. .

janice engle from ponca,okla
Hi there, on this cold morningh. Just wanted to say I like all the info on your page and plan to keep you ,lol. Don't freeze .

Nonegiven from Oklahoma
Y'all under the mistaken impression that we are the customer. We are not. We are the product, and they make us pay for the privilege.

Patricia Lebida from Milton, Fl.
We should not be penalized because the gov't has goofed up on the money; it is not fair to stop all of our local news, weather and emergency alerts because of the gov't's mistakes.

Rennee from Fort Walton Beach
We get about 2-5 minutes of local (Ft.Walton). In fact, Fort Walton Beach never shows on the weather map on any of the local channels. I guess we don't count, so I don't care what happens.

carat from Barrineau Park, FL
Me and my family depend on local tv. In these economic times we cannot afford cable. Not to mention the elite programs on PBS we would be losing. It would be a great tragedy for anybody to lose these fine programs offered on free tv.

Katrina Nance from Cornish, Maine
Once again our wonderful NOT representives and senates want to nickel and dime the middle class to death. Personally where I live it is way to costly to have cable, the cable company wanted $10,000.00 to bring cable to me. Yes, I do mean $10,000.00. Oh, the statelite company wanted us to cut 5 trees down and then they still couldn't guarantee anything because trees grow. So for me and my family YES it affects us. Weather, school Closings, voting, local & national news, emergency alerts, etc...

Dee from Cherokee County, NC
Well after everything went digital I have to pay to get local TV. After spending money on converter boxes and everything...not a strong enough signal to get anything at all. Mountains in front of house. Mountains behind house. So I got Dish Network. surprise! I can't get Asheville news unless I live up at the very upper end of the county. I have to take Chattanooga. No choice at all. It irritates me. I don't live in TN. When the contract is up, I'm going w/out TV.

Jennifer Norvell from Nashville, TN
We need local tv, for local news, weather and everything else. We shouldn'tbe charged for something like that!

DARLA PETERSON from PENSACOLA FLA.
WE NEED LOCAL TV. TO STAY MANY OF US CANNOT AFFORD CABLE OR SATALITE TV. WE DEPEND ON LOCAL STATIONS !!!

Paul Stanley from JonesTown
Washington must be losing there mines to do something like this it,s almost Communism I served my country and that,s a freedom that we all should have.

maxine mcneal from Pensacola fl
we need local tv.it's not fair for us to be charged a monthly fee on news coverage.we as citizens have rights!please protectlocal tv and do not balance the nations budget on the back of local tv stations and the communities they serve.

Jan from Downtown Pensacola
There is no coincidence that my bill went up by 25% and so did the taxes to the state, city, and county went up by the same amount. There is nothing good about that.

jan from Downtown Pensacola
The level of greed involved in taking away local TV should be proof enough that we need you here. JR

jan from downtown pensacola
had enough of cox cable and there hard ball tax. I don't need TV, TV need me. sorry I won't be able to see you folks on a click on the tv basis. Next thing you know, the FCC will be messing with the radio bands. Did you know, that out of everyone in the neighborhood, during Ivan, I was the only one with a black and white tv that got WKRG, WEAR, FOX NBC? The neighbors were flocking to my house. Now, you want to take that away?

Good heavens should prevail in a situation such as this. '

Good Luck,

Warm Regards,

Jan Ruedisueli

Jan from Downtown Pensacola
Had it, had enough. turn off the cox cable company. Turn of the whole viewing area.

natalie
WE NEED LOCAL TV! IT WOULD BE DUMB AND IGNORANT TO TAKE IT AWAY!

Terry from Marion
I would love to see local TV saved, and I would love to see local TV. Where is all of the great technology I hear about? There is no streaming broadcast, there isn't an adequate free TV signal, unless we are paying outrageous cable or satellite bills we cant watch local TV. Funny I don't remember the old technology being this bad.Give me something to fight for.

Ralph DOWDLE from Arden,nc.28704
We need free local TV for the people that can not afford cable or direct TV. Some people are out of work,needing a job or just down on their luck,that can not pay for any thing else.Free TV should be a standard for America.

joe herman from san antonio
What a bunch of lies - Save Local TV is a sham! This is a private interest using the public spectrum to make a lot of money.

Barbara Kibodeaux from Pensacola, Fl
Aren't we American facing enough debit from the government? This is ridiculous! TV is the only entertainment most of us can even TRY to afford.

Rick Kensell from Raymond.Kensell@navy.mil
I can't believe we have to call our congressmen to tell them we want local TV. Are they that stupid?

max bradey from tryon n. c. on north side of mountain
we are forced to have satellite tv and pay about 40 bucks a month now to get our local channels because we are in an antennae dead zone on north side of mountain. we need WLOS to offer your channel for a low subscription rate on ROKU which comes in over the internet so we can save this expensive sattlelite cost and dump the dish. It is not right for sattelite company like Dish and Directv to force folks who only want the local channel to pay for a big package.

Gerri Miller from Stevensville, Md.
Just leave it alone, why should we pay for something that has always been free. Watching TV anymore has become so misable, it comes and goes, makes one wonder what is really going on. JUST LEAVE IT BE.. Thank you,

kassie from south baltimore
NOW THIS IS CRAZY, MY HUSBAND WAS JUST LAYED OFF AND THAT MEANT WE HAD TO GET RID OF SOME LUXURIES AND ONE OF THEM WAS CABLE AND THAT WAS SOOO HARD TO GET USE TO, NOW IF REGULAR TELEVISION GOES THEN WHAT DO WE DO. ( GO CRAZY ).

Steve from New Windsor
The airwaves belong to the public if you look up the FCC's charter so how can congress decide to sell what belongs to everyone. We need to throw all the elected officials in DC out in Nov 2012 to send a message that the government is suppose to fear the people not the other way around in a democracy.

Ernest Merritt from Odenton, Maryland
I can't imagine not having local TV. Whoever came up with such an idea or proposal to do away with local TV in the first place? Keep local TV, we need it.

Della from NNdvPvBAi
Gosh, I wish I would have had that information eariler!

Vlora from UdOaDKDIbcRyYgKq
Dude, right on there borther.

peter michaud from monmouth
with no local tv i will take my tv to the dump just another way to control us we are losing most everything our gov rocks not

Dorothy Stiles from Columbus Ohio
Local TV needs to be her just because of the safety issues it helps with if anything. I sthe government going to take away every thing we enjoy.

Faith W. from Columbus
Save our free TV!

DWONE COLLINS from MILTON/BAGDAD FLORIDA
LOCAL TV IS IMPORTANT TO ME BE CAUSE THATS HOW I GET MY INFO LIKE NEWS TV SHOWS I CANT AFORD CABLE ITS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT CANT AFFORD CABLE AND IF YOU TAKE THE LOCAL TV AWAY HOW WILL WE KNOW WHATS GOING ON BOUT No more local TV news.
No more local TV sports.
No more local TV weather.
No more televised traffic reports.
No more televised school closing announcements.
No more televised public service campaigns.
No more televised community events notices.
No more televised public safety warnings.
No more local severe weather warnings.
No more televised emergency alert services.
No more televised Amber alerts.
No more local TV election coverage.


PUT YOUR SELF IN MY SHOES THEN MABY YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THATS ALL WE GOT

Bob Grosh from Tallassee Alabama
Two years ago I started a local TV station in Tallassee Alabama. It broadcasts on the WEB, not on the air. I broadcast LIVE at least five hours every weekday and a few hours every weekend.

The rest of the time, I broadcast current recorded programming, from the past weeks's live broadcasts. TallasseeTV.com has news sports, weather and community information 24 hours, 365 days a year and it is all 100% local. All that in a town with a population of just 5244

I carry more local programming and more local LIVE programming than all of the network stations in Alabama COMBINED.

There is no subscriber fee,and only a little commercial advertising.

You don't need a cable connection or a satellite, just a connection to the Internet. Serving a small town with a population of just 6 thousand, I have over four million viewer minutes this year. I estimate that nearly everyone in Tallasse had appeared at least
once on Tallassee TV.

If you attended a sports event, watched a parade, attended a town meeting, went to a high-school reunion, went to a business grand opening or ate in one of several restaurants I do live broadcasts from, then you could probably be seen on a Tallassee TV live broadcast.

I cover high-school baseball, football, wrestling and girls softball. In the past year I have broadcast 25 hours of interviews with the mayor, 40 hours with the head of the chamber of commerce, 70 hours with the head of the recreation department, 50 hours with the head of the local hospital and various doctors and medical specialist. There have been hundreds of hours of interviews with school principals, coaches and students and others.

I checked on getting a low-power / high definition channel. Just to get a licence would cost nearly $900,000.00.

My operating budget is roughly $160.00 A YEAR! (Internet access and a ten dollar domain registration, I use donated equipment.)

If the Federal government taxed me at even a tiny fraction of what the over-the-air broadcast stations pay, I would be shut down in a heartbeat.

I may have created the first small town local TV station on the web, but I am getting plenty of inquires from other towns. If the Feds go forward with this insanity, then throw away those expensive new TV's and get on the Internet.

Lannette Harris from Maryland
Please keep our local tv. Cables companies are too expense. People on a fixed income can't afford to pay to watch tv. Who would have ever thought that we'd have to pay to watch tv. What's next? We will be taxed for the air we breathe.

susan from columbus ohio
i think we pay for enough now we got to pay for local tv to maybe congress should give up something, they make good money,

DeAnna B. from Richwood, Oh
I think Government need to quit taking over everytning they have messed up enough. If they would give themselves a pay cut we would not be in dept so much.

Barry Groomes from Taneytown md
Please provide more informatioon Bill nr link to senate writings , bill sponsors

G Nash from Asheville NC
Not that local is such great tv, but it's local, the people running it are local, the stories are (generally) local, and sometimes even true. But mostly it should be there always.

jothan knapp from lewiston me
we need free tv for our weather and new's and all local channels for the kids all in maine

al from pensacola fl
It just another hand out to the Cable and phone CO. not only do they but the free airway they make everybody have to get cable witch is about 20 bucks a month for the cheepest . but with a antenna its free , the money that they will pay for the airway will be paied for 10 fold over when we all have to get cable another Gov program that taxes us

Alan R Horvath from Pensacola fl.
It look like the Gov. is Forcing everybody to get Cable just another handout to the Cable and Phone Co.

deborah hutchinson from lansdowne
I think the government should stay out of business as for free tv should be free there is enough people paying to watch tv there isn't much of anything free these days what are people who can't afford to watch paid tv suppose to do the government wants to balance the buget then let them take a cut in pay Us poor people and middle class pay for everything now as it is .

Chuck from norway
All these kinds of things are getting out of control. When i was growing up in the 60s an 70s things was so easy, An so much better. Please save local tv.

john clark from sylva nc
do your job and stand up for us ,your voters

Robert Lyons from San Antonio, Tx Loop 410 & Starcrest Dr.
I would like to see the local television continue. I am a senior citizen and I do enjoy seeing the news and reports of the weather, fires and emergencies.
Thank you, Robert

Anne Steen from Rutherfordton, NC
This is kind of scary. It seems to be a way of LIMITING information to the poor and those unwilling to pay the price. If I can't get the local channels, I won't watch TV. I will turn off the TV and read more papers.

terence bauer from dundalk
how is it free i have to pay cable tsnt that enough

terrence brooks from columbus ohio
anything to get the peoples money. They're not satisfied unless they heve there hands in everyone's pocket. they don't care if people can afford it or not, leave free t.v. alone,aren't some people struggleing enough?

Krist bussart from Columbus
They want to balance the budget, they should take a 50% pay cut!

deborah rutter from crooksville
your hurting adults and children leave the poor people alone

Haley
why would they take away everyone's local t.v. Everyone should have the right to watch the news. its bad nough that we have to deal with the digital t.v.

Mary Duggan from Seminole Oklahoma
I would not be able to watch tv. All I have is a converter box. The only news I watch is Fox 25.

Madoline Madigan from Baltimore County
This is just one more way to get those of us who can least afford it. What's next,pay to deliver the mail?

Tiffani McFarland from Washington Court House, Fayette Co.
We NEED out local television!! Especially when you live out in the country, away from tornado sirens & away from a big city! Its the only way you have to even guess if theres a bad storm or tornado moving through! & why tax us on ANOTHER ''something else'?! We're paying outragous fees & fines for anything & everything late or even to get our own money out of the bank! Paying extra to be able to watch our OWN home football teams even when the games are HOME, I feel THAT should definitely be free!! The only thing even half-way free is our LOCAL TELEVISION! Why take that from THE PEOPLE so GOVERNMENT can 'fix' their pockets.... I mean, the country!

Mimi from Pensacola, FL
I did contact Congressman Jeff Miller's office and inquired about this. He said that Congress is doing no such thing and he wished the media would stop saying so...maybe you all should contact Mr. Miller and find out the truth.

Kathy Padgitt from Middle Tennessee
Please keep local TV. Pay TV is not in my budget. Would not want it if I could afford it--neighbors have too many problems with whatever system they have, due to various types of interference. Cable used to have movie channels that showed only movies--free from commercial interruptions. Now even those channels are filled with commercials, and only few actual movies. My life does not revolve around my TV set programs, but I am very thankful for all local programs/information/alerts, brought to me by local/area businesses. KEEP IT LOCAL!

Randy Robison from Arden, NC
If they take away free TV, I will just watch it over the internet.

Randy Robison from Arden, NC
Free TV has been around for ages and is about the only thin we still get for free.
Why take it away now? Next we will be charged for the air we breathe.

william plowden from Sapphire, NC
Cable companies are largely unnecessary with high speed internet. Trying to make them co-dependent is a scam. I watch local TV and whatever I think is cost effective from the internet. And what is possible with digital broadcast TV hasn't even been tapped. They want to control our access to programming without our control over their meta data usage. Their just setting up and maintaining unnecessary and obsolete toll booths on roads limiting free choice. It's a protection racket. It doesn't cost nearly what they charge to get the programming to us, and the artists don't need to suffer. Just the middle men at the toll booths.

Octavia Hayden from asheville
Local news needs to stay free. Without our local news we would be lost. Weather, school closing, amber alerts, All emergency alerts. There is so much a state when you take our local news from us. Please get off your high horse and come down to America (real People). STAND UP AMERICA FOR US ! ! !

Stephanie from Columbus, OH
I refuse to pay for cable tv its a waste of money.

Doris from columbus
I stopped cable 9 years ago because I do not need or want all those options and I can now not afford cable. i do watch the news and pbs. I rely on my tv since I am not able to get out much. Free tv has all I need. Please don't take it away.

Ruth Hubbard Lovinsohn from Black Mountain, NC
I think local tv is important

ES from Portland, ME
You left out a second threat to local broadcast TV. The FCC is currently holding hearings on allowing cable to encrypt local broadcast signals so that a set top box will be required to view local TV even on a new digital television. I don't know anyone who has a set top box or DVR on every device attached to cable in their home. In my case, I won't pay extra money for bedroom sets that we watch for only the late news and early morning newscast. Less viewers equal less revenue for the local stations. The current FCC information on scrambling local broadcast channels on cable can be found at the link below. Please contact your Senators and congressmen and tell them to stop The FCC from allowing cable to scramble the local broadcast signals they carry and to drop the idea of handing off much of the broadcast TV spectrum to wireless. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/proceeding/view?name=11-169

DEDRA TAPIA from SAN ANTONIO,TX
HOW WOULD SENIOR CITZENS AND LOCAL PEOPLE KNOW WHATS GOING ON. NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD CABLE

Kathryn Paul from Springfield
Without free tv I have no tv. I can't afford cable or dish on my salary. It is the one entertainment I have, don't take it away.

Gladys Williams from Asheville N.C.
Leave local TV alone.We like the station the way we have now.

Joyce from Columbus, OH
Taking away local "free" tv would cause everyone a hardship, we already pay way to much for cabe, like others have stated we already have to choose between food, medicine and other essential needs we DO NO need more strain on our already strained budget...why do they want to do this?

Doug from Springfield, IL
I say do away with free TV. People have to remember it is not a right to have TV. You are not owed anything. It's a modern convenience that people have had, and now it might be threatened. I won't feel bad if it goes away. People are complaining they can't afford TV...but are either online or on their cell phones...these are luxury items, not owed to anyone.

DOROTHY THOMPSON from DECATUR ILL.
WE NEED TV.FOR EVERY FAMILY THAT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE THEIR MANDY SERIOR THAT USE TO KEEP WITH NEW.S AND WEATHER AND SAFETY EVENT,S WAMING NOTICES WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE POOR GOING TO THIS IS ONLY GREED WE PAY ENOUGTH ON EVERY THING NOW AS TI IS WHO IS THRER TO FIGHT FOR POOR IN THIS COUNTRY FREE YOU SAID THIS IS A FREE COUNRTY TI DON,T LOOK IT ANY MORE IS THIS WHAT AMERICA STAND FOR. WHERE FREEDOM HAS IT GONE TO GREED ...GREED

Stan Allen from Durham, Maine
I want my local TV! Forget MTV!

Diane Davidson from Devine, Texas
If that happens I refuse to pay for t.v. I kept wondering why the government wanted us to have those boxes. I wa told that they wanted to make sure that everyone had clear t.v. I still think that was a stupid answer and think that this proves it had more to do with control.

Walter White from Baltimore City
This is not Cool at all! I local TV is gone how can we teach our children and their friends. To stay upadte on weather, crime and such? It is bad enough that programs are being cut and people that are here illlegally can stay and take what they have not earned from those that have work for most of our life and still are struggling! Please let us have a few things!!!!!

Debbie Poe from Mount Perry, Ohio
We can barely afford sattelite TV, After the change the goverment did, we have no choice now. But please save our TV!!!!

Susan from Baltimore
LEAVE MY TV ALONE... Washington...go tax the rich. How much further of a gap in the social structure do you want to create!!!!! I think it's time to start ousting these money grubbing politicans and elect the average Joe who has had to live within their own means for years. Politicians don't live on a budget...they live off of the public. Go and get a real job and learn what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck. Now do you eat this week or have electric???? you tell me.. LOCAL TV SHOULD ALWAYS BE FREE!!!!!!!!!

sickofit
I work in the cable industry, and broadcast TV poses no threat to cable or satellite business - this is the government at "work". Remember when the government "improved" brocast TV by making everyone switch to digital? Now, you get "no signal" errors and pixilation issues constantly. Now they want to kill broadcast TV altogether.
Possible solution: Don't vote for an incumbent - no, not even THAT one!

Linda D. from Baltimore
We need to keep our local T.V. stations operating free of charge.

Jackie from Mt vernon ohio
We enjoy watching local tv more than anything else that we watch but if they get rid of it. I wont pay for it, If they cant keep it the way it is and everything has to be about money then so be it!!! Don't think that I love it enough to pay you. I am not a person that wants everything free either, I don't mind paying for something at all. If they make the public start paying then I feel they are more interested in the money than the ratings or their viewers. They don't care about the viewers at all it all money!!!

luke from pensacola fl
as a cost saving measure I turned off cable tv back in 2008. So there for I (family of 4) rely on local TV.

shawn benwell from portland
wow cant believe the government wants to screw the people once again. when is the government gonna learn. the more u make the people pay the more hectick it gets, the more the government takes our money the more crime we see in the news. its not just in our state its every where. can we ever have a government that is gonna work for the people of this country. only time will tell.

erika from baltimore md.
the government wants us to not be warned about things.. something is coming and noone is ready we need to stand up now for ourselves and our family against this government before this president destroys us. we need a real christian god fearing government if we had one a long time ago things wouldnt be this way!

John from Bon Aqua
What about people that can't get anything because it doesn't go out their way or on a fixed income.

Linda from Westerville, OH
The idea of taking away free local tv is just wrong. There are a lot of people who can't afford to pay cable bills. This is their only source of news, weather reports, weather reports, and school closings. This is NOT the way to balance the budget - there are better ways to do that than to punish the less fortunate people in this country!!

barbara from baker
I think they need to get money from somewhere else. Us poor people can't afford to pay any amount for t.v. It's not in the buget now, and unless the economy gets better and we can get a raise; that is if you have a job; we just aren't going to make it! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Then they want to complain because our president wants to make the rich pay the taxs they should already be paying. Why do they need a tax break? I mean really, WHY do they need a tax break?!! There is NO legidimate reason why they should. Thanks Barbara

Vgcox from Pensacola
need to leave local station alone, Government could take pay cut a big at that, that would help the economy.

Vgcox from Pensacola
need to leave local station alone, Government could take pay cut a big at that, that would help the economy.

kate from pensacola
If local television goed away, how would people know what is happening around them? What if there was a hurricane coming and the tv was the only source of information people had? There are some who can not read so getting a newspaper is not an option for them, and that does not give up to the minute reports like on tv.

Bill P from Crestview,FL
The FCC was created to regulate the use and/or police the mis-use of radio spectrum, not saction auction sales!

Free speach is paramount, radio spectrum is free and only needs regulation from misuse.

Public TV is a MUST-HAVE.
(Just take a look at what other countries HAVE-NOT.)

Shawn from Columbus
Local tv is very important to me and my family. we can not afford cable tv so local tv is our life. Without local tv were not safe.We wouldnt know about any breaking news.
SAVE LOCAL FREE TV!!!!!!!

Sherry Davis from Midway, Ohio
We need local tv. without it, there would be no information for our area. We would not know what was going on. No weather warnings, nothing.

Justin from Columbus Ohio
This is rediculous. How can the be so obtuse. People can barely afford food on the table and they want to make that mighty dollar. How about they pay for everyone's cable with the money they are well overpaid with. Money that they rob and steal from the blind and poor. Sickening!

FRANK from OWINGS MILLS
THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WALL STREET TRYING SQUEEEZING THE POOR PEOPLE YET AGAIN. IF FREE TV IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THEY WILL BE CUT OFF FROM IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT COULD COST LIVES AMONG OTHERS THINGS. IT'S NOT FAIR NOR IS IT RIGHT. PEOPLE NEED TO CARE ABOUT PEOPLE INSTEAD OF JUST MONEY!

GC from Oklahoma City
I am so sick of this s**t. It's always all about the money. Now they want to take away our through the air television. What next? Don't make us pay for your stupidity and greediness. What do you want next, our blood?

Graham from Baltimore City
I agree that local TV should be saved. Allowing the cable companies and even greater monopoly over content as well as their hold on phone and internet service. We need free public access to local news and programming and not be held hostage by the high prices and ridiculous rates that cable providers dictate. Local television is our last stand.

Helen from Limington Me
there are ppl out there that can't afford any thing else .If you take free tv away want will their do .Ppl are stuggle now don't step on their head ,and tell them to badyou are not importen to any one .

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Tawny from Sacramento, CA
Has this already happened? I had local TV on Sunday (October 16th) then when I went to watch a show on Tuesday my TV said that I needed to call Comcast to subscribe... Does anyone have any idea if this has already happened?

fred anderson from floresville texas
don't mess with texas,and don't mess with free t.v.

kim from Pensacola FL
Cable is very expensive and those of us still out of work or living on fixed income need free tv for important information such as local weather and updates.

Florence Taylor from LOCAL TV
Please do not let them close free tv some of my family can't get cable they only get news and local information from the local TV. How can they believe this is a good thing? It all comes down to the rich wanting to make more money.

SUSAN from PENSACOLA
I'M NOT VERY EDUCATED WHEN IT COMES TO THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO TAKE OVER LOCAL TV BUT AREN'T THERE OTHER COUNTRIES THAT DO THAT ALREADY..IE..CUBA...MORE OF THE GOVERNMENT GETTING INTO OUR BUSINESS...I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT I BELIEVE OUR COUNTRY IS MORE COMMUNIST THAN EVER AND WE HAVE OUR POLITICIANS TO THANK FOR THIS...CARRY ON PROTESTORS..JUST LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES...MAYBE WE SHOULD OVERTHROW OUR GOVERNMENT TOO!!

stephen
No more local TV news.No more local TV weather.No more televised public safety warnings

Fred from Ohio
what else does goverment want to control?
other than everything that affects our lives.

Susan Headden from Murfreesboro
This is just one more small step for government to control it's citizens and our choices. They are taking away what should be local and state decisions and making it into "large" government.

Bruce Richardson from Auburn Maine
Balance the budget without cutting free TV. Cutting free YV does nand will not make a substantial impact on the budget.

mike from Lewiston
Congress keep your hands off my tv. You want a way to balance the budget, take a cut in pay like I have and live with the crap you have made out of the health insurance programs. Before you touch one more thing get the things you are working on done first!

Dennis from Lucasville,Oh
KEEP FREE TV,cable and satellite prices are out of site.KEEP FREE TV!

R A B from Pensacola
I emailed Congressman Miller , and his reply was that , this report of selling the Spectrum of Frequencies that Free TV uses , is NOT in danger of being sold ! I think WEAR should investigate this Story !

Tina Doying from Canton
There are hundrens of National News Stations on the air. We need Local TV. How else are we going to know what is going on and who is comming to town. We need School Closing Announcements and Severe Weather Warnings. I WANT MY LOCAL TV!!!!!

rob henley from fort walton beach
i think goverment and corporate greed is going to far !

Charles from Madison
I could care less since I NEVER watch local tv. Too many commercials!

bob milford from baldwin county, al
in our area...it would be an improvement over the lousy job they do.

Rogelio from San Antonio, Texas
Is this in any specific bill that is up for a vote? Whats the name? What representative brought this up? Thanks.

Don Richards from Gulf Breeze
I find it amazing that government entities continue to want to increase their revienues while reducing and constricting our rights. Enough government is enough and we have way too much.

Jamie Houston from Oklahoma
many people in oklahoma cant afford cable. This would be devastating for them. Government needs to stay out of the freedom of having local tv programs

Phillip from Pace
What is the difference between the government reassigning the people's airwaves to a company that will pay for them and what WEAR and other broadcast companies do when they charge cable companies for use of their signal? Either way, the people get screwed over. The cable company passes the cost along to the cable subscribrers so most people pay higher cable fees.

The only difference is the government might not have to raise my taxes. If WEAR sells the airwaves, I don't get anything.

You have nothing to complain about you are doing the same thing as the government, you just take all the profits.

S. Hughes from Columbus, OH
What in the world is wrong with our elected officials in Congress that are supposed to be representing the people. Who told them that the people they are suppose to be representing wanted to pay for local television? I can tell you it was not We, the people of the United States of America. Who do they think they are? Citizens on fixed income for various reasons will be deprived of the most basic form of free communication. What the heck is next????

Christopher Farley from San Antonio
I think we need local TV because we need to keep up with what is going on in our surrounding communities. We need local TV now more than ever in my opinion because who knows what could happen if we did not have local TV?

James Peavy from Burnsville,N.C.
Lets save free TV.Any person who would vote to do away with it is owned by special interest and should not be in congress any way.I saw in a poll where the Congress get a very low mark but when it comes to their owned Congressperson it is different.COME ON!!! American voters we can do better than this.When we vote for these people we are to blame more then they are.

Jan from Olahoma City
Save local TV !!!

BJ Holcombe from Milton Fl
I have cable and prefer to watch local channels, please keep our local tv for emergencies and warnings...

Chrissy from mid tenn
After having to buy 'The box',which did not work, and then a tv to watch nothing on for my parents now you want me to pay for the programing too, NO,NO,NO. Stop already!

JENNIFER SUTTON from MILLS RIVER, NC
LEAVE IT A-L-O-N-E

Mimi from Pensacola, FL
I wrote to Congressman Miller about this and he told me that Congress is NOT trying to take away our local tv...call or email his office and he will explain.

Mary from wilmington ohio
Save local tv...it's all we have to watch can't afford anything else.

Carl W. Sellars,Jr. from Pelham,Ga.
I'm a disabled veteran,and live on a fixed income,and can't afford cable. Not to mention that local TV has great programming and you don't have to worry if it's cloudy. Also you get news and weather quickly.

klpaul from Springfield
I use rabbit ears instead of cable or dish and would loose out on everything. From news to tv shows. Not good!

Roy from Melbourne,Fl
SAVE LOCAL T.V. ITS FREE

Hank from penscola
Not all of us want or need cable or pay TV. And, there are many who just can not afford it. Too many freedoms are being chiseled away already, this one we need to keep... once owned, then free voice will purely be at risk.

Robyn Purje from Dublin OH
Another bad idea to balance the budget on the back sof the little guy. We are all ready making sacrifices because what most earn cannot keep up with prices continueing to increase almost daily. With fuel it's hourly on somedays. What sacrifices are our Congress taking. Are they willing to take a pay cut/ furlow days? Do theyy entertain the idea of getting cheaper insurance or volunteering to pay for part of their insurance. Are any retired Congress people willing to take a cut in their retirement benefits? If all these things are OK for us to do in their eyes they need to step up and participate! But that's just my thoughts.

dessiree from San Antonio
This is just getting out of hand now. WE're paying for our governments screw ups and the word "Freedom" no longer means anything. We pay enough taxes as it is. We earn at least our free TV. Stop taking from the poor to give to the rich.I hate to sound ignorant but if they take it away, they can put it where the SUN DONT SHINE!

TERESA from COLUMBUS
OUR GOVERMENT HAS NO BUSINESS TAKING AWAY FREE T.V. WHATS NEXT OUR RIGHTS ?

joey pinder from baltimore
it's just not right

Linda from Glen Burnie, MD
TV is not free any longer, it cost enough and I for one am sick of the GOV. trying to take away our freedoms to watch what we want. Leave our Local channels alone, not everyone can afford the cost of TV now. We should not haveto fight for our LOCAL STATIONS, that is the only way we can know what goes on in our area. LEAVE THE STATIONS AND THE AIRWAVES ALONE. THEY want to balance the budget then the boobs in DC can take a BIG CUT IN THEIR SALARIES, that would more than balance the budget

M. Mintz from Hendersonville
I would like to have free local tv. Local tv is all that is worth watching.I do however remember life BEFORE tv.

Earl Long from Standish, Maine
Come on people place your objections, don't let government and big business do it to us again. Stand up for your rights.

Earl long from Standish, Maine
There are a lot of people around that cannot afford pay TV. Free TV was here in the beginning and should remain. Again it's large greedy corporations trying to squeeze every dime out of us.

Gerri Reitz from Tryon, NC
Another half-baked idea put forth by our Congress. They should be on the side of the citizens; we elected them to work for us.

Dan Shaw from Nashville, TN
Don't be messing with our local TV. Get your finances in order congress or find out who really holds the power in this country. 300 Million People can't be wrong!

GLoLady from Asheville, NC
No Public Access TV for the people to communicate with each other. No local TV so we can see what is happening. Sounds like our Government is planning something really really bad and does not want the World to know!

Diana Rivas from San Antonio
please save local tv it's the only way i get the news.

Joyce Eikenberry from Union Furnace Ohio
Of all the harebrained schemes Congress has _ever_ come up with, this one has to be the craziest! How much would our Land of the Fee and the Home of the Paid hope to get from selling our local TV channels off to the highest bidder? A few million at most -- and that isn't going to make a drop in the ocean of the national debt... Granted I get reception through DirecTV -- but a vast majority of people depend on "rabbit ears" at least.

moore from san antonio
it is ridiculous that it would be even considered to make america pay for tv that we have always had free. think of another way to shrink the debt. we as tax payers pay enough as it is.

Erin Ushman from Sherman, IL
I really don't want to lose my tv. The people in the House and the Senate need to leave our televions alone.

Danny Ferris from halethorpe MD.
well I had basic cable with my old cable provider, and it included local TV for $53.00 a month. Then they informed me that channel 11 was coming up for a contract renewal. The next thing I knew I had to pay extra' just to watch the news and weather. So they tell you one thing but charge you for a whole bunch of different things. Basically I believe that the news should be free an you shouldnt be charged for it.

Bruce Wood from Sylva, NC
If lawmakers would tighten their belts the way the rest of the nation has had to then they wouldn,t have to cut local TV. I imagine there is a lot of people wouldn,t have the luxury of been able to watch the news and see how our government is wastefully spending money. The government gets in a bind they seem to want to hit the middle class and the poor and people on fixed income to solve their waste. Look how much foreign aid the government gives out and actually how much of it actually gets used for what it was intented. Get our jobs back and our people back to work and the government will have the tax base to continue wasting tax payers money. If I remember correctly the Social Security program had plenty of money to take care of itself until the government started borrowing from it and not repaying it back to the program. They really need to get a reality check in Washington and start serving the people like the were elected to do. Keep local TV for the people on fixed income and the poor that cant afford anything else.

Jeannie from Asheville
I am all for saving local tv, but make it worth watching to save. Who ever is behind changing the line up should be shot or worse forced to watch it everyday. Do we really need Maury, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos back to back rotting our brains? This is trash tv. So many people have had to cut cable from their budget. I can't help but think what effect it is having on the toddlers and preschoolers listening and watching this crap. At least Dr OZ was educational. WLOS news and a few new shows in the evening is the only thing going for it right now.

NIk P from Nashville
To be clear. No one in congress believes selling the FCC alloted bandwith for broadcast tv will help balance the budget. This is BS. The truth is much worse. Individual politicians, in exchange for massive amounts of campaign dollars, are allowing the multinational corporations to write public policy. the big cable, phone and internet providers are promoting laws that will allow them to take control of broadcast frequencies (the frequencies are licenses not bought or sold), expand cellular services that will replace Free to consumers, broadcast tv with a cellular based pay tv system . Without the competition of free tv as an alternative, they will then charge what the market will bear. Several lawmakers are already considering laws that will permit individual stations to voluntarily give up broadcast privileges in exchange for money, and it may be speculated that through leverages buyouts of local stations, proprietary carriers will use legal but shady tactics to shut-down the broadcasters.
It is hyupocritical that local broadcasters who have supported the defunding of government and deregulation of corporations run crying to the government for protection when big business turns on them.

LAUREL TAYLOR from ASHEVILLE NC
WE NEED OUR LOCAL TV

Mo from Pikesville
I thought the digital tv thing was suppossed to ensure free tv. I will not pay extra for tv

james hart from pensacola fl
this is just what the cell fone people want ,more cell fone space.an the other group are just tering this contry apart any way they can .
there are to many sitcoms on tv just about every chanel ,an
some are back yo back sick an tired of them .time for a change,. not obama change though.

Susan from Pensacola, fl
They (our legislators) need to get thier priorities in order and leave free TV alone. It's cost enough to watch TV as it is because you have to have cable or a satelite dish

mike from pensacola
I think they should leave TV alone price is high enough you talking about crime

Theresa from Baltimore
WHAT'S THE POINT OF HAVING A MONTHLY CABLE BILL THAT INCLUDES THE LOCAL STATIONS... IS THIS THE NEW INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE?????

E.D.S. from Powell,OH.
If local tv is to survive it should be accessible like it use to be....FREE! over Free air waves...but you all okayed that change....maybe you could make it available over the internet.....That couldn't cost more than a penny as the internet is now cheaper than the cable service and so many have had to choose between the two....so better get it in gear and make it available for the poor locals that truly enjoy,need and want local broadcast??????It would be nice to get some feed back as to why is it not available to the public for free so we can better understand your question.....no access=no connection to your surroundings and all will become even more obscure,talk about being disconnected?

J. Stacey from Pensacola Fl
Save our local free tv station its all that we have free anymore

Leroy Little from Maine
I gave up paying for cable. Most news media only report one side of the news and most times it is not factually correct. Price for the product is not a correct indication of quality of programs on modern TV.

dorothy thompson from decatur Ill.
The people need tv service,s to keep up with the new,s and the weather such as storm report,s warming and current event for local and world event,s we pay eough money now when bay our tv. and pay our cable bill now enough is enough this is only being greedy greed....greed. is this what thiscountry has to.greed to bleed poor people of this nation.

Shena Kay Lemons from Newark
I would really like to see local tv saved for everyone. I believe that everyone should have the right to free tv.

Paul Parker from Morehead, Ky
Everyone needs local TV for every day things. Is HBO or ESPN going to show the school closing for your local area. I don't think so!

John Olsen from Pensacola
I did contact our congressman Jeff Miller. He replied...Let me also be clear, recent television commercials and newsstories on the subject of free TV are grossly misleading. I am dismayed at the utter lack of factualityof these stories. For instance, a recent television report claimed that Congress was looking to passa "National Broadband Plan" that would force broadcasters to participate in incentive auctions to selltheir airwaves. There is no bill in Congress titled the National Broadband Plan. I would encouragethe producers of this news story to visit http://thomas.loc.gov,a website where all Congressional bills are accessible to the public, and type national broadband planin the search box before asserting that such a bill exists.

andrea waller from columbus
a link to senators and representatives would be helpful.

Steve from Pasadena, MD
On-air advertising pays for the TV programming, and the delivery system (wireless antennas) is free. There's no infrastructure cost to deliver the signals to our homes, so why should we have to pay for it? Isn't this somehow a violation of rights to free speech?

DARLENE from BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
PLEASE SAVE LOCAL TV WE NEED IT.
WHY DO THEY HAVE A NEED TO TAKE
SOMETHING AWAY THAT WE LOOK AT
EVERYDAY FOR ALL THE SERVICE GET WE NEED, GO FINE SOMETHING THAT'S BROKEN AND FIX THAT, AND LEAVE LOCAL ALONE.

nat&jess from San Antonio, Tx
LOCAL TV IS VERY IMPORTANT. ITS WHAT PEOPLE WANT AND NEED.

deedee from asheville, nc
this is a good example of a failing government.

dee from asheville
this is a good acsample of a failing government.

Phyllis
why should we have to pay for the news n weather alerts and amber alerts don't we pay enough for the cable and they are starting to raise the prices on that so what would we have nothing but the rich would have everything and as usual the working people will have nothing

Beverly Rogers from Blanchard, OK.
WE ALL NEED LOCAL TV! THAT'S WHY CABLE/SATELLITE COMPANIES INCLUDE THEM, ALSO! WE NEED/WANT LOCAL, NEWS, WEATHER (ESP. OK/TX/ARK/ ETC.), SPORTS…AND LOCAL 'INTERESTS' SPOTS…ZOO, CONCERTS @ WHEREVER, ETC.! KEEP LOCAL TV SIGNALS ..WITH/WITHOUT CABLE/SATELLITES! THANKS!

lisa from glen burnie
I think it's a crime against the citizens of America when our own people appointed government attempt to rob people of the right to free public television. It should not even be a consideration to sell something that belongs to everyone. How dare they, but you know what? elections are coming , and hopefully the people will use their voices to make our government understand they also need to play by the rules!!!

DB from Baltimore
Save our local TV. People can't afford cable because companies like comcast are too expensive.

John from candler
We need the over the air tv,it's the only link to what's going on, on a fixed income,it's already to the point , each month you have to decide wheter to buy medicine or food,sorta hoped someone would add a channel or two,

Nanna from Baltimore
Most of us can not pay for food,shelter or childcare and now we cant even watch tv after we were told to go out and buy new tvs because the old ones wouldnt work any more. this is so sad,and there is nothing we can do,because once the GOVERMENT make you pay its forever..

rhonda wright from black mtn nc
yes please save tv!!!

Donna Yoe from Washington C H OH
Every time in calling to Save Local TV the line is always busy. In this situation what other steps can I take to contacting Ohio Senator Brown?

Tonya Grayer from San Antonio, TX
SAVE LOCAL TV! THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT CANNOT AFFORD CABLE, WHAT ARE THEY SUPPOSE TO DO? ALTHOUGH WE HAVE CABLE, WITHOUT LOCAL TELEVISION, HOW WILL WE GET OUR LOCAL NEWS? PLEASE SAVE OUR STATIONS!!!

Tommy from Asheville
This is the type of idea that could only come out of DC!

Barbara Hunter from Baltimore City, MD
I would hate for local tv to go away because I can't really afford to pay for television. I spent what I had on getting new digital adapter boxes for some of the TVs in the house and on one digital TV set. It's about all that I can do to get free TV. I am sure a lot of people feel the same way I do.

If TV wasn't free, I would miss the local news and weather as you have already stated - the local stations provide vital information for everyone. Please don't let them take it away from us.

johnnie haas sr from blanco county
save local free tv for senior's on fixed income

ANITA WILLIAMS from MADISON COUNTY
WE RELY ON AND USE LOCAL TV STATIONS MORE THAN OTHER NETWORKS,THIS WOULD BE AS BAD AS WHEN CHANNEL 6 WENT OFF RADIO 88.7

Rhonda from Middle river Md.
Could you actually make the poor feel any worse then they already do? Damn.

Liz from Baltimore
Cable TV and Verizon gets enough of our money. Let there be some choices in free television. Therefore, let the people vote on this in their next election!

Eric Lyle Ellis from Floyds Knobs, Indiana
The loss of free local television would destroy much needed revenue and income to businesses when they most need these resources. Both individuals and families have endured horrendous responsibilities by riding cable television and using local television. Some people have fixed incomes ... for which they need local television to hear school closings, school district voting results, Fighting Illini Sports Results, horrendous weather conditions, public health announcements, and community spotlight interviews. Some people would say that abolishing free television is not a big deal. Well ... they would be sadly mistaken in the real world. I like to hear "Judge Judy" on local television. Congrees needs to wake up fast and not touch free local television under any circumstances. NEVER!! i do not appreciate lawmakers --particularly when some Senators like Rand Paul and Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr. want to destroy free local television. These Senators -- among other lawmakers -- need to stop tampering with free local television entirely.

Brittany Aitken from Baltimore, MD
I can't believe the government is really going to punish US because of their mistakes in Washington!!!! This economy is already hard to survive and live in and now they want to charge for local tv???? This is freaking ridiculous!!!!!

GERALD ROEHR from PEMBROKE , KY
I USE ONLY A ANTENNA TO PICK UP TV STATIONS. I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE CABLE OR SATELITE.I CAN GET ALL THAT I WANT AND KEEP UP WITH ALL THE NEWS AND WEATHER.

Don C from London
Local news is just that-local. Who cares about national news. Hot air from Washington. We want to hear what affects us locally.

shelley from Cedar Rapids
This is the only fast way for us to know what is going on in our community and keep up to date. We need our local TV.

DeAnna Beightler from Richwood, Ohio 43344
I like tv the way it is. Government does not and should not controll everything. Keep TV free, and Keep America FRee

Brian from Springfield, IL.
It does not surprise me that the government is trying to something like this. They all want the control over our lives. The economy is bad, jobs are bad and peoples lives are hard enough. Why would they want to do this. They would be taking peoples jobs away from them instead of giving those unemployed jobs. Our lovely gevernment, why is it that there has never been a politician that can actually keep his/her word? This is not a dictatorship this is the United States of FREE America. Our Government should try and remember this.

Melissa from Asheville NC
Save local TV

brian from columbus
maybe those commenting should learn correct grammar and how to spell before tackling issues beyond their scope of comprehension. This will not occur, just a scare tactic to divert attention with elections approaching.

brian from columbus
maybe these idiots commenting should learn how to spell before being concerned about issues which are beyond their scope of understanding

Wes from Goldsboro,md.
Leave local tv and radio alone. government has already cost consumers a bundel of money when then required everyone to have digital tv 2 yrs ago.

Jon from Cedar Rapids, IA
Don't look now but the powers in Washington are also using the FCC to build a framework to control the Internet. Looks to me like a pattern: Central control of communication. Hmmm.. wonder why?

Mary from Baltimore
Leave local TV stations alone. Washington needs to learn how to manage its overspending.

shonna from Asheville
Take away free TV and I would not have TV. Cable is not in the budget. I too have not found any links to congress to express opinion, not even on other websites.

Carmela from west baltimore
low-income family unable to pay the few bills that i adjust to. these are hard times for me and lots lots lots of individuals. we base our days on news and court shows. taking this away we will have to depend on word of mouth. that can be very miss interpreted and confusing.

Nick Lemonakis from Baltimore
I am completely dependent on over the air TV.
Broad band companies don't need more bandwidth.They have enough.Make use of your sub channels carry more programming that people want like ME TV so they won't take your bandwidth.All these companies,Verizon,AT&T are grabbing more and more bandwidth to keep it from their competitors,all this at the expense of the viewers!

aaron hoilman from bakersville,nc
The goverment and cell phone companys are gonna ruin tv.cable and cell bills are crazy!!i like my local tv.i love news 13 and all of the crew.someone just needs to take control of america and help the people.besides tv people are starving here and dying from neglect.is there one man that can help?it could be me.i see no color,race,religon.we are all the same all over the planet.all men are supposed to be free to live a happy life.right now with our world socity this will not happen.dont fret though one shall save us all...

Karla from Annapolis, Maryland
What's FREE about America now a days?

Bart A Newman from United States
I believe that cable company behind this legislator, The figure that if there is no free TV, that their in the money because where else you going to get TV. Greedy little Bastard. I edit that last words but Adult know what I'm saying. Cable company want all the moneys!!! I love my free TV and I am not going to pay those greedy cable company for nothing for it!!!

Dave Blank from Cedar Rapids, IA
Greed in Washington as usual. These people need to get a grip on reality and realize we can't continue to pay for things we can't afford. Eventually, We will not be able to afford anything.

Brian Huddle from Lancaster, Ohio
We have made a lot of cuts due to the economy and one of our cuts was to eliminate our cable TV and use over the air broadcasting for news and weather. It is the only way a lot of people are getting news these days. A lot of elderly folks on a fixed income are in the same position. We need local TV!!!

Donna Putnam from Lancaster
I am a retired safety officer. I am at home because I dont have a car. I enjoy most of the news.but I want to be safe in case of a emergency. If Congress cant fix ther greedy paws how can they regulate anything?HUMM!tell them leave or TV aloneemail Rob Portman or your congressman!

Gary from ky
don't they have enough to do without getting in something else. it is nice to know what is happening locally. i can't afford to pay for anymore. they

samaiken from 705compassrd.apt231
leave my free tv alone

Lacey Jo from Athens County
We need local television. The emergency alerts, spotrs, news and all the other important things that the local tv channels bring us. It would be completely rediculous to take that away from us. Save free local Tv broadcasting!!!

Joyce Carney from Baltimore City
I remember when water was free, when you could get the best cheese free, when people loved each other. Now nothing is free and all people talk about is money. How safe people are is not important anymore. Who gets hurt if this happens is the poor. This is a message to the poor that Maryland doesn't care about it's poor who they know will not be able to afford to pay for TV. How will they know what's going on right around them. Free TV and air is the only free things left for most people. Now they want you to pay for TV. Whats next, will you have to pay for air.

james from clarksville, tennessee
You know what? If it gets rid of your broadcasting high school football games, then i am all for it. Come on! Who cares? Typical self-important, self-justifying, jock-strap elitism. Take the money and time slot and use it for something useful.

Stephanie Ortega from San Antonio
Yes save local TV.

lisa from asheville, nc
yes, save local tv

Mary Ann Chenoweth from Parkville, MD
I look forward to hearing the evening news. Can't get anything from newspapers anymore, they are just about all ads. I didn't hear the jury verdict on a case, thought I would see it in the morning paper, not one line. I have cable but watch lots of the local television stations.

Priscilla Williams from Grove City
Don't have cable or satellite & never will. I like the 10pm local news & weather. The national & world news depresses me, so don't watch them regularly. Our local news people work hard to give us news of our communities.

Tim from Pensacola
Yeah we need to save local tv, because who else will bring us reports of wall street being occupied by protesters for going on 2 weeks... oh wait, you guys don't report stuff like that and we'll have to wait until there are deaths by police brutality first .

Wake up stubborn corporate media...the internet is more than able to replace you with real news and not regurgitated stories of Michael Jackson, Casey Anthony and O J Simpson.

Oh btw, did you hear that Senator Graham has called for a reopening of the 911 investigation??? of course not, at least not on WEAR3...

Guess I'll get me one of those PS3 smart phones to play all those cool new games on with all that "new" bandwidth.

John Harris from Hiram Me
I think thats a terrbile thing to do. Everyone I know many watches news and such on TV because its all local news.

joe and linda sheehan and 5 children from henderson county
we would have no news or current event knowlege

Marla Neal from Circleville, Ohio
Give them more they will just spend more. They ask us to cut back and keep taking from us.How about them giving up some of what they have instead of asking more and more from us. They wouldn't like it any more then we do. Save free TV so we can ALL be informed

beverly darrow from columbus oh 43207
i think they need 2 leave the tv company alone not everyone can afford 2 pay 4 cable

John Fortman from Wiscasset,Maine
I do not get local tv where i live i have to get it through a satelite company in which my so called local tv stations charge a fee

Joe from Baltimore
My cable TV bill was $100/month until I closed my account a few months ago and started using an antenna in the attic. I was astonished to find out how much broadcast TV improved with the change to all-digital. I get more than 20 channels in high-definition, with perfect quality. This is nothing like what grandpa used to get with rabbit-ears thirty years ago. And now, Netflix, iTunes, and other services make it easy to watch the shows you want, when you want, in addition to the broadcast channels available. If it was common knowledge that so many channels are available over the air, with quality equal to or better than cable, the number of people using broadcast TV would be far greater than it already is. I'm sure that the cable, phone, and dish companies will be throwing big bucks at politicians to cut off public access to free broadcast TV.

mary anne teague from 106 fountain way, swannanoa, nc 28778
How are we going to find out whats going on in our local area if we dont have lacal tv. Dont et rid of local TV TV TV. IN SWANNANOA, ASHEVILLE,B;ACK MPUNTAIN NORTH CAROLINA
THANK YOU.

James from San Antonio Tx
Some people cant afford to pay for cable or dish. Free air is the only way low income housing are able to keep track of the weather or whats going on in tyour town.

Carol from Urbana, OH
local TV helps us maintain our freedom. Think not? Look at countries run by dictators who have no local TV. They have no truthful news either.

Reyes Lozano from SATX
Doing this will only make the cable companies richer and us poorer since their pricing is not regulated. We need to keep free air available to all, especially to those that cannot afford the cable company prices.

joe from new braunfels
please do one good thing for the people just once. it's easy; just leave us alone. we are watching you this time.

April Hensley from Rutherfordton NC
We need to have our local tv so I can see when bad weather comes through and schools are closed. We need our local channels so we know whats goin on in our region. SAVE LOCAL TV WLOS NEWS 13 ROCKS!!!

Lynn Robideaux from mermentau la.
we pay for satellite an loose it everytime a cloud passes. if it wasn't for our antenna and free local channel we would never know about the severe weather, like hurricanes and tornados. The goverment needs to worry about putting america back to work instead of once again hurting us by taking what little we have left , which includes JOBS and American made products.

Mike Rowles from San Antonio, TX.
We only get over the air free T V and local news is very important to us. Keep it free.

PAMELA S WOODEN from GOODLETTSVILLE,TN.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!IF THE GOV. CANT FIND THERE MONEY, START LOOKING INTO THAT, AND LEAVE OUR TV"S ALONE.

Frederic P. Pokrant from Bandera, Texas
We have Satellite TV, so I believe that the people who would lose local TV would be those who have Antennas. In any event, we would not be happy campers should someone try to eliminate local TV!

nate from asheville
i guess if cable goes down ( Which it semis to do a lot in WNC ) no one needs to know whats going on. Save the TV!!

Douglas Harraman from Richwood, Ohio 43344
Congress would make us pay to breath the air if they could. They need to be stopped.

Jenna Hughes from San Antonio, TX
Why are you misleading your fans with this crap? The spectrum in question is the old analog spectrum that has been unused since the conversion to digital HDTV transmission in 2008--if they "auction" it off, so what? No local channels will disappear! Your "warning" belongs in the annals of urban legend...

Eric from Baltimore/ Kuwait
I wish television would go back to the way it use to be. either shutting down for the night or showing re-runs. When I get home I do plan on cutting the cord to my television but not my internet.

Jo-Ann from Crestview, Florida
Yes please save Local TV we need it

Julie Trosper from Navarre, FL
Another way to charge US citizens for the mistakes of an out of control spending in congress. As a citizen, we have a right to broadcast freely and not have air waves that are currently free be confiscated by the government and then sold as a monopoly. May be our first ammendment right can help us out.

Nancy Davis from Delaware,Ohio
Why do we have to pay for tv news and other things when we already have to pay for cable or dish network

Billie Ballard from Newport News, VA
Lots of people don't have cable. Local television needs to stay.

Tanya from Van Horne
We live in the sticks. Taking away free tv would take away our ability to know what's going on around us

Jeremy from Auburn ME
I thought we had anti-monopoly laws in the United States?

Glinda Kratzer from springfield, ill 62702
I think they should keep Local TV on the air because there is a lot of Seniors out there that has nothing to do except watch TV. I have a neighbor that is 96 years young and all she does is sit in her recliner and watch TV all day! if you take off Local TV off the air then she will have nothing to do except look out the window or walls!!!

Larry Miltenberger from Pensacola
This is the worst thing I have heard come out of Washington DC. I say fire them all, re-elect no body...

Michael Dorworth from Springfiel area
Another way the government wants to control everything. They need to stop tryin to come up with ways to make us pay for there blunders and wasteful spending habits.

fred from lewiston
need to keep on local channels

brenda peck from columbus,ohio
i dont feel that u should take away local tv cause with the ecomany thats all we have left

W. R. Stewart from Pace, FL
Citizens are required to purchase health insurance. Now they may be required to purchase cable TV or a satellite system. How long before we are required to purchase satellite radio. Will we be told to buy our groceries at a certain market, drive a certain make of car, or only read approved books? Is Big Brother beginning to watch over us? George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm) is no doubt looking down saying " told you so ".

mary from columbus, ohio
not everyone has the money to do what the politicians are able to get. just leave the tv alone or live like the rest of us - the common people. the ones that help to pay your wages

Fred from Newark
yes save local tv

RJT from Columbus
Maybe they should take everyone out of limo's in washington and put them in smart cars. Why shouldnt our government fly coach like the rest of us instead private planes. Get rid of waste in Washington first!

Diana Leave us alone Watson from Baltimore
Cable, satalite whatever cost to much, why can't a people with low have somthing?

Rebecca Bell from asheville/leicester
If there was no local news how would people no adout danger around them , how the weather would be on how to dress and the most imporant would be would be in the winter on the snow. School closing, how would you now if school was closing. Plus just just local news period.

John Forehand from Arden NC
Please don not sell off television frequencies trying to balance the Federal budget. How about trying not to spend money unnecessarily!!! Please get BIG government out of our way and realize government is the PROBLEM not the solution. Our country needs leadership. Please do not destroy the USA by making us weak both in our defense spending and our economy needs to be 1st in the world.

Clyde from Gulfport, MS
What a terrible idea. We are short of local tv stations now.

Wayne from Parkville
this is another example of Congress not being in touch,or not caring, with who they represent. they need to keep local TV free.

Linda from Pensacola
TV and radio was free when I was growing up...to this day I refuse to pay for cable because all the violence and sex...the Monopolizers are playing us as fools...wasting our tax money...greed, power, and Godlessness will ruin this great nation

Hannah from Bath, Maine
I think that they should leave the free t.v. alone!! How are the people who dont have the money going to watch the news!! We need tv in order to hear weather alerts and school closings and so much more!!

Marie Robinson from Howard county
This isn't fair, some people cannot afford TV, and this is the only thing they have! someone please bring Maryland back!

Carol from Asheville
We do need our local TV. A lot of people, such as myself, cannot afford cable TV. We depend on our local station for news and weather conditions, especially in the winter.

keynowhere from pensacola
since only criminals run our government what else would you expect?

Ms. MJ from Hamilton
We have so many people have lost jobs. We have seniors and the disabled who not only are on a fixed income, but have not received a rate increase in years. Many of this audience are struggling between medication and food. Free television is all most of this audience can do for information. Most do not have the internet to watch later, nor to get the news. Baltimore has a real crime issue. We all need the news to be free. We need to know what is going on in our neighborhoods. We need to know about all emergencies.

Please keep free television. There are many individuals who live alone and can not afford one more expense.

Kierra from Columbia maryland
Are you serious?? Local TV?? that shouldnt even be an option..Everyone doesnt have the money to pay for cable this is nonsense!!!

Cheryl from independence
I called Bruce Braley's office and they said they didn't know of any legislation coming up on this, and he would be against it if it did. Sounded like they had not heard any thing about this except for the many calls they have received. Where did this info come from?

Patricia Triplett from Alexander
Save local TV. For the elderly at the nursing home where my mother is, it is their only TV.It would be a shame to take that away from them.

Joel Miller from Milton FL.
When my satalite goes out ---( and it goes out every time it rains) the only way to get to get the weather is to use my antenna, call your congressman and say no to the theft of our airwaves congress is a bunch of crooks

C J Talbot from Navarre
Congress had better keep their hands off free television Social security. they can reduce the deficit by cutting a lot of wasteful spending on pet projects that really benefits just a few people and a lot of waste goes to foreign countries.

Kim Rice from Jackson County
My Gosh what in the world are we allowing to go on in our country! Hello people wake up! This is the beginning of the end! Stand up for your selves and say NO to our Senators! Keep free local tv stations!

Donna from Modesto
They just seem to find more ways to take money out of our pockets everyday. I do not have cable so local TV is all we have. Leave it alone!!!!!!

Terry Chafin from My Office
When republicans get involved democrats are in trouble.

Elke Graber from Delaware,Ohio
I can not afford to buy Cable TV my Soc.Sec. income is to low, I could stop eating if I have to pay for TV: unfair to Seniors !!!

Chris from Columbus
I recently cut the cord on the cable company. I only ever watched the shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. I purchased the Mohu Leaf Digital HD Antenna and hooked it up to my 1080P HD system and the picture was better and sharper than what time warner had and I paid over $80 a month. This was even after a contract discount and the price was going to increase after that term. I am done giving my money to these money hungry companies that do nothing to provide the type of services as well as the networks that broadcast over the air for free. I will not be a happy camper if this happens and will refuse to pay for a subscription to watch anything any longer and I will take my votes for Senate and House reps with me.

Angela from Baltimore County
I just happened to be reading your website and I saw the comments about local tv going away. There is no way that is a good idea. Many in lower class areas can not afford cable tv or certain electronic devices in order to keep up with the local news. In times of earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards etc. no citizen should be denied acces as to advice on how to care for themselves and their families such as if an evacuation was suggested for their area. Taking away local TV is just wong!

Steve Brozovic from Cibolo TX
Leaches, what else are you going to charging for?

Ron from Pensacola
Government needs to figure a way to correct there own mistakes instead of making The American Public Pay for there short comings. We Pay enough for not enough already. Local TV is as old as TV itself and has ALWAYS been Free. Local TV was not the cause of the problem, therefor why would it be the solution?

Ronnie from Pensacola
Local T.V has been FREE for as long as I can remember. There are many other ways to confront the issues of economic troubles. Haven't there been enough taken away from the American Public? Government Greed is NOT the answer

williams,gwendolyn d. from ellicott city,md.
not everyone can afford cable
or satellite tv.everyone is entitled to all of the free services provided by local tv.

donna t from okc
Congress needs to be replaced, and soon.

donna thornton from oklahoma
Taking away right to watch local news is like taking away our right to hear whats important. I thought thats what "News" is supposed to be.

Dwight DeMartini from Ohio
This "Doesn't" suprise me in the least. Middle Class America has "ALWAYS" been the one's to get shafted while the Congress and others have lined their pockets with the sweat of the people whom have voted for them. Take back the country that our military have died for over the decades, and start removing those whom seem to have forgotten that this Nation was founded on Freedom of Choice. It is called, "WE THE PEOPLE" not, "WE" the Goverment whom "THINK" we know what is best. Remove those whom have their hands greased and let them feel the friction of the economy they have run into the ground. Would love to see out of work politicians, broke trying to feed their families. Change, ha they would see where their "change" gets them. IS it so wrong to have at least 1 FREEDOM, that the Government, "CANNOT" get RICH off of?

Brenda Weaver from Oklahoma City OK
It's enough that you have to have a convertor box to get local tv (that's if you can't afford cable) now they want to take away local television - give us a break - please

Clara jarrell from columbus ohio
we need local t.v leave free t.v. alone clara jarrell

Linda Bryson from Tuckasegee,NC
We bought the little black box to try to get local with an outside antenna,but guess what NO LUCK,everybody can't afford sattelite TV no one I have talked too can either.so don't take local away to the rest of the people in this area this is how we get what is necessary in our everyday lives.I bet if the big guys in Washington had to do without their TV things would be different.

Nancy Lynn Braun from Milton, FL
Is there anything that the American public can be granted for free anymore?
We are taxed on taxes every year the cost of living rises yet our income does not rise to meet that cost and now the only thing my Family enjoys is being taken away.
This is not right and for years we as Citizens have been quiet about what the Congress,Senate and Politicians are deciding for us.
I have to disagree with what they are proposing on free T.V.

Marilyn Storman from Topsham,ME
Save our Local station that's all we have some people not everyone can afford cable...I know I cant...Not fair to the people that are on a fixed income...Cable company are getting out of control now.

LaKisha Jones from Maryland
we need local news to know whats going on around us

Scott Weaver from Dayton
Is this a Bill? If so which? I've cut cable, so I want local TV, but this article is lacking in details.

Scott Weaver from Dayton
Is this a Bill,and if so, Which?

Lee Parks from Columbus, OH
This sounds wonderful for the big, rich cable companies and the pockets of our Senators and State Representatives. This is another way to stick to the people from Republicans instead of doing their jobs to make it fair across the board for all people. I want my local stations and I'm one that cut the cord with my cable company for TV because of the economy but also cable once again rising prices. Cable companies now want to charge people for how much they surf the web. High speed is not that expensive for the type of prices we the consumer pays. Europe is so cheap when it comes to high speed but it's considered a utility which in this country needs to be regulated as an utility. It's disgusting how the working class like myself is asked by our Congress to pay for everything. This is class warfare. What else can we do to help defeat this measure?

Lisa Jones from Perryhall, MD
I love national Geographics and PBS, as well as the local news channnels. Please do not deny us the access to stations we love so much.....

mona effler from ashevill
that wrong save our news and breaking news

corky swayney from cherokee n.c.
keep the local tv.people cant afford tv now and those who are on fixed income thats their way of keeping up with the news and what goes on around them,now you people want to take that away from them. put yourself in their place.

Judy Taylor from Waynesville NC
We NEED local TV, I depend on alot of these services daily!

Jerry Mull from waynesville
we need local tv!!!!!!!!!!!!!

swvilchr from Ashville
It would help if you had links to where this information comes from. Congress is considering? What committee, and what document are they considering? Who is proposing this? The cable companies or someones overactive imagination? It's hard to get worked up over something presented without any proof or documentation!