An uphill battle to get on satellite; WYMT appeals the FCC's decision

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Last month WYMT received disappointing news when the FCC denied our petition to get on satellite.

While we face an uphill battle, we have filed an appeal.

WYMT's General Manager wanted to update you on the process:

Hello, I'm Neil Middleton, WYMT's General Manager. The FCC's decision to deny WYMT's petition for satellite carriage is extremely disappointing. And to be honest, it is a mistake.

Dish admitted it could add WYMT, and a simple hardware upgrade would allow DirecTV to launch WYMT.

We're not giving up! WYMT is appealing the decision. Congress changed the laws so rural Americans like you and me would have access to local news. Congress entrusted the FCC to oversee this rule change.

The FCC is supposed to promote competition and protect the rights of consumers, but the FCC failed miserably! It ignored thousands of your comments. The FCC should understand the hometown perspective and the value of a local presence.

In a letter to the FCC chairman, Congressman Hal Rogers said, "Eastern Kentucky communities are as unique as the mountains that paint their skylines."

Local news from Tennessee and West Virginia are not simply not acceptable alternatives to our proud culture. Our region has long felt ignored by the Washington bureaucrats, and this is another prime example.

The FCC misinterpreted Congress' intent. That's why we have asked the FCC to reverse its decision.

Grant the petition and bring truly local service to Eastern Kentucky satellite subscribers.

I'll keep you posted on our progress. As always, thank you for your support. I'll be in touch soon.

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