APTS Says $20M Federal Increase to Help Support Public-Safety Communications
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | Comments

House and Senate negotiators agreed on a $20 million increase in funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — the first increase in 10 years — and the House formally approved the increase as part of a package of bills to fund the federal government in fiscal year 2020. The Senate is expected to consider the funding package later this week.

The legislation provides level funding of $20 million for the public media interconnection systems that help support public broadcasting’s public-safety and homeland-security missions, deliver national programs to even the most rural and remote audiences, and create operational efficiencies.

“America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) are grateful for this increase, which will begin to restore the nearly $100 million in purchasing power public broadcasting has lost in a decade of frozen funding,” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS.

“Public television delivers essential public-safety services, providing the backbone for presidential communications with the American people in times of national emergency, linking local law enforcement and first responder agencies with one another and with the public, and partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use public television’s broadcast signal to enhance public-safety communications through datacasting.”

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