Community Media

Reinvestment Act

Bills A5900  ■  S2581

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We Need Your Help

In New York, Media Centers, the lifeblood of community expression are fading into the shadows. Reduced funding has cast a pall, with centers shuttering their doors from coast to coast. Even BRIC, a beacon of media empowerment is not immune.

But, there is hope on the horizon. The Community Media Reinvestment Act. Bill numbers A5900 S2581 are our chance to reignite the spirit of Community Media.

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The Five W’s of the Community Media Reinvestment Act

If passed, we estimate that the Community Media Reinvestment Act will generate $250 – $500 million annually in new tax revenue for New York State, which will in turn be allocated to various municipalities and Media Centers like BRIC.

  • WHAT. The Community Media Reinvestment Act will impose an excise tax on entities providing (1) direct broadcast satellite service or (2) video streaming services other than cable service to customers or subscribers in New York State.
  • WHY. The legislation will ensure that, as video programming viewership expands and migrates from traditional cable services to satellite and video streaming services, that migration does not result in reduced support for and investment in local video programming responsive to the unique needs and interests of New Yorkers, including public, educational, or governmental access television programming.
  • WHO IS TAXED. Entities providing direct broadcast satellite services or video streaming services (such as Netflix and Hulu). The bill does not allow for the tax to be passed on to subscribers.
  • WHEN. If passed this year, the Act would take effect immediately and apply to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2024.
  • WE. You. Us. We. Together, we are unstoppable. Thank you for standing with us.
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