When considering changes to communications policy such as the elimination of the basic service tier requirement for local TV stations, federal lawmakers and regulators must keep public safety as a "core 'first principle,'" writes Robert C. Kenny, director of public affairs for TVfreedom.org. "If Congress decides to eliminate this consumer safeguard as part of STELA, it will be a disservice to the American public and begin to erode [a] fundamental premise that Washington's lawmakers and policymakers have long stood by," Kenny writes.

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