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50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

In 1958, President Eisenhower proposed the National Defense Education Act, including a provision to explore the potential of television to improve the quality and availability of education for America’s children. This Act passed the Senate by a vote of 66-15, the House by 212-85, and it was the beginning of the broad bipartisan support that noncommercial educational television has enjoyed in this country for 60 years.

In 1962, Congress approved the Educational Television Facilities Act -- again by overwhelming bipartisan margins -- and appropriated $32 million for the construction of educational television stations throughout the nation. As a result of that Act, educational television quickly grew from 80 to 189 stations, reaching 155 million Americans.

And five years later -- by voice votes in both the House and Senate, signifying near-universal support by both Democrats and Republicans -- Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and creating the modern public broadcasting system today.

During our 2017 Public Media Summit, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the singing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. This video captures the spirit of the Public Broadcasting Act and how community efforts have taken public broadcasting beyond anything they could have conceived at the time of the Act.


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APTS Commends The Senate Appropriations Committee For Providing Significant Funding For Public Broadcasting

APTS president and CEO Patrick Butler issued the following statement today commending the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for providing significant funding for public broadcasting.
APTS Urges More Funds For Spectrum Repack

APTS president and CEO Patrick Butler today urged Congress to approve an additional $400 million to help broadcasters repack their channels following the recently concluded spectrum auction.

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THE SIGNAL - August 2017

Senate Provides Significant Public Broadcasting Funding This Week; APTS President and CEO Patrick Butler Testifies on Repack Funds; Amendment to Cut Federal Funding to CPB Filed and Withdrawn; Grassroots Engagement Critical; Send August Recess Meetings Reports; Upcoming Deadline for Satellite Carriage Election Requests
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THE SIGNAL - July 2017

Appropriations Update; House Budget Bill Slightly Softens Public Broadcasting Reference; Leadership Council Webinar Recording Now Available; August Recess Engagement Critical; House Subcommittee On Communications And Technology Holds FCC Oversight Hearing: APTS Files Ex Parte Opposing Microsoft's White Spaces Proposal; and more.
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