Our mission is to nurture the change-making power of community media in service of a just and equitable world.


Launched in January 2017, Open Signal builds upon the legacy of Portland Community Media (PCM), an organization that worked with thousands of Portlanders to access video and television technology during its 35-year history. 

Our primary support comes from a grant agreement with the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, in partnership with the City of Portland Office for Community Technology. Additional support comes from local foundations, businesses and other government entities.

Open Signal is committed to equity.

Open Signal understands that holding “equal access", “impartiality” or “first come, first served” as policies for service cannot meaningfully address inequity within a society that is unjust in its structures. To achieve equity, the goal of our service must be to make up for and counterbalance the impact of historical and systemic injustice. We believe that when we center and address the needs of those with lived experience of oppression, we are tipping the balance of power toward equity.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and other community members. Read our Safer Space Guidelines here. Open Signal does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. 

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