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Public Service Media: Education, Public Safety and Civic Leadership

America’s public television stations are committed to three essential public service missions: education, public safety and civic leadership.

As the last locally-owned, locally-controlled media in America, reaching nearly 99 percent of the American people, public television stations are uniquely positioned to provide these services — not only on television but in the classroom, online, as part of the emergency response network and in the community.

The federal investment in public television is essential to making these public services available to everyone, everywhere, every day, for free. And the American people are appreciative: majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents support federal funding for public television and consider it the best use of taxpayer resources after national defense.

Learn more about public television stations' public service missions in
education, public safety and civic leadership by clicking here.

Latest News

America's Public Television Stations Elect W. Craig Fugate, Former FEMA Administrator and Florida Emergency Management Director, to APTS Board of Trustees

APTS today announced the election of W. Craig Fugate, former FEMA Administrator and Florida Emergency Management Director, to the APTS Board of Trustees.
APTS Congratulates FCC Chairman Pai on his Senate Confirmation

Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of America’'s Public Television Stations (APTS), issued the following statement on the reconfirmation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to a...

The Signal

THE SIGNAL - September 2017

Appropriations Update; Send Recess Meetings Reports; FCC Opens Second Repacking Filing Window; FCC Announces First Transition Progress Report Deadline for Reassigned Stations; Call for Nominations to the APTS Board of Trustees; APTS Thanks Associate Members; Public Broadcasters Eligible for NEH Emergency Grants to Protect Humanities Collections.
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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APTS President and CEO Patrick Butler Testifies on Repack Funds; Amendment to Cut Federal Funding to CPB Filed and Withdrawn; Grassroots Engagement Critical; Send August Recess Meetings Reports; Upcoming Deadline for Satellite Carriage Election Requests
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