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If you have another local PBS, they may have told Comcast they no longer want the competition, and Comcast is obligated, by law, to remove it from your lineup. With dwindling revenue, more and more stations are being VERY tough about competition, even amongst PBS stations.
KQED Ch. 9 has been on the Comcast lineup for years in Vacaville and Davis. If it was an out-of-DMA station, why did they only now decide to drop it. Again, the question was "why?" Comcast carries hundreds of channels of unwatchable junk, and they remove a PBS channel. Good grief.
Stations have Defined Market Areas (DMA). It's possible KQED is outside your DMA. It looks like you are halfway between San Fransisco and Sacramento. Maybe you are actually in Sacramento's DMA (KVIE is the Sacramento PBS). Generally, Comcast cannot carry an out-of-DMA station, especially if you are in the DMA of a competing station.
I believe that this is a public access issue, having Comcast unilaterally deciding to drop Channel 9/KQED. We live in Solano County, which according to ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) is one of nine Bay Area counties. KQED Newsroom explores issues such as housing, land use, energy, water and other resources, transportation and other challenges important to our daily lives here. They provide a balanced assessment, as none of the other newsrooms due. Comcast has hundreds of channels. Why drop one channel such as Channel 9/KQED, which is so vital and important to Solano County residents? I want to know who made this decision on my behalf without taking into consideration the needs of local residents? I believe this is a violation of public access to information and I have issued a complaint with the FCC.
Sorry, Erie was a notice included in your January billing statement that KQED SD, HD and World will no longer be available as of March 1