May 23, 2019

Dale McGarrigle’s story (BDN, March 1) on the problems of receiving network television via satellite was the most informative I have seen to date. Last year, I lost network television from DirectTV and attempted to get a waiver from Maine Public Broadcasting. I received no waiver even though I am unable to receive any signal from them. When their mail solicitation for funds arrived it went into the trash. Maybe they need to remove the word “public” from their name.

While I do not pretend to understand the nuances of the copyright laws, I do understand that the airways do not belong to commercial broadcasters, they are public airways which broadcasters are licensed to use for the public good. Broadcasting licenses must be renewed and at that time the public is invited to comment. A Class B signal is not the fault necessarily of the receiver but that of the broadcaster.

This is 1999, technology has moved forward and if I, as a member of the public, can’t receive the local network signal, shame on them. If the broadcast industry would provide proper service to the public the need for satellite companies to provide network television would not exist. I would suggest CBS, FOX and especially MPBN make a better effort to serve the outlying areas of Maine or be prepared to have their licenses challenged. Mark Caton Machiasport

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