Survey, email set up to garner comments on TV market switch
CARNESVILLE – Franklin County residents are being asked for their input on getting Atlanta television stations.
A survey has been created, and a dedicated email address established, to take input from the public on switching Franklin County to the Atlanta television market.
Currently, Franklin, Hart, Stephens and Elbert counties are “orphan counties,” meaning that they are located in Georgia but are in the Greenville, S.C. – Spartanburg, S.C. – Asheville, N.C., television market.
Because of that, Franklin County TV viewers don’t get television news about things that happen in their state, but rather news from North and South Carolina.
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins and Franklin County officials have been working on getting the area counties placed in the Atlanta market through a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) process set up after passage of the STELAR Act of 2014.
“Over the past year, Franklin County and neighboring orphan counties have been working diligently to follow each step of the required process and collect the necessary information to meet the statutory requirements for the petition,” a press release from Franklin County said. “We are now anticipating that comments of county residents will be considered heavily in the FCC’s analysis of our petition.”
County Manager Elizabeth Thomas said Monday that she received the application of the first county to be granted a move into a different television market.
“I spent the weekend reviewing the petitions, and I was pleased to see that I’ve already gathered more information that the successful petition provided,” Thomas said in an email. “However, there was one aspect that I did not gather. It appears that the FCC heavily considered public comment. This wasn’t anywhere in the rules/regs that they set forth.”
One petition had four pages of short citizen emails, Thomas said.
To garner input and beef up Franklin County’s application, Thomas has set up a an online survey and email address.
The survey is open to residents in Franklin, Hart, Stephens and Elbert, the press release said. The survey is available www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCCMarketMod.
Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Attn: FCC Petition, PO Box 159, Carnesville, GA 30521.