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170 Million Americans For Public Broadcasting

170 Million Americans engage with public media every month, but a current debate in Washington threatens the future of public television and radio.

Public broadcasting is once again the subject of a debate in Washington-whether or not to keep funding public television and radio to ensure news and cultural programming for your community. 170 Million Americans engage with public media every month and Washington needs to know what they think. You can let them know what YOU think at 170MillionAmericans.org.

  • More than half of all Americans use public media every month. 170 million Americans connect through 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations, hundreds of online services, and in-person events and activities.
  • Public broadcasting is one of the most effective public/private partnerships in America. Annual federal funding amounts to only $1.35 per American and is leveraged by local stations to raise six times that amount from other sources.
  • Public broadcasting supports lifelong learning for all Americans. Investments in children’s educational, cultural, public affairs and news programming, digital classroom resources, teacher training, and distance learning have made public broadcasting a leader in lifelong learning.
  • Public broadcasting strengthens our democracy. The free flow of ideas and debate helps us participate in the political process as informed citizens.