Trump FCC Rulemaking will KILL off Public Community TV as we know it! You can Help!

On December 14, 2018, just before Christmas, the Trump FCC is sneaking in a “reply comment period” on a proposed rulemaking (MB Docket No. 05-311) that will strangle the speech of millions of Americans, give cable companies a windfall of public dollars, take away local control, and end nearly fifty years of fully local community television.
If the FCC gets what it wants, People are shut out. Voices are left unheard. Channels like Akaku go dark. You can stop them if you file comments today

 “The right of viewers and listeners cannot be abridged by Congress or the FCC.”
Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC, 1969

The FCC is asking for comments on a proposed rule that if adopted will put Akaku and Community TV out of business and let the cable company keep the rent money for use of public rights of way. With your help, we can stop them. I am reaching out to thought leaders in our community and asking them to file comments before Friday, December 14 opposing the rule.

I have enclosed some background and a template to make it easy for you to support us in this way. The issue will most likely end up in court but having a record of strong community opposition will help. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Jay April,
President and CEO
Akaku Maui Community Media

Instructions for supporting Akaku Maui Community Media:

Please click on the FCC Link…FCC Letter and follow the steps below.

(If you wish to, please copy and past the FCC Letter to your letterhead.)

  • Enable Editing

  • Please add the Date at the top of the page

  • Go to the bottom of the letter and add your Name and your Affiliation or Company.

  • Save your letter as a .pdf file.

  • Online, go to (A form will open up)

Follow the directions:

  • In Proceedings enter “05-311” then click enter

  • In Name of Filer enter your name or your organization’s name then click enter

  • Enter Primary Contact Email then click enter

  • Type of filing (Choose from the drop-down menu) “Testimony” then click enter

  • Address of…(Choose from the drop-down menu) “Filer”

  • Enter your Address

  • Enter your City, State, and Zip Code

  • Upload Document – Drag and Drop saved .pdf

  • Description: Cut and paste the following: Testimony against proposed rulemaking (MB Docket No. 05-311) then click enter

  • Check Email Confirmation Box

  • Click Continue to Review Screen

  • Click Submit and you should receive an email confirmation.

Akaku Maui Community Media is a beacon of free speech on the best islands in the world where anyone can come and talk story. It’s a place people turn to learn how to produce and submit video on just about anything. Most of it local, all of it non-discriminatory, non-commercial, uncensored, and unfiltered.

We thank you for your SUPPORT!


Nicole Fisher