What's a PEG?
PEG stands for "Public, Educational and
Governmental" Access Cable
FCC Fact Sheet, November 1994
Under Section 611 of the Communications Act, local franchising authorities
may require cable operators to set aside channels for public, educational or
governmental (PEG) use.
Public access channels are available for use by the general public. They are
usually administered either by the cable operator or by a third party designated
by the franchising authority.
Educational access channels are used by educational institutions for
educational programming. Time on these channels is typically allocated by either
the franchising authority or the cable operator among local schools, colleges
Governmental access channels are used for programming by organs of local
government. In most jurisdictions, the franchising authority directly controls
PEG channels are not mandated by federal law, rather they are a right given
to the franchising authority, which it may choose to exercise. The decision to
require the cable operator to carry PEG channels is up to the local franchising
authority. If the franchising authority does require PEG channels, that
requirement will be set out in the franchise agreement between the franchising
authority and the cable operator.
Franchising authorities may also require cable operators to set aside
channels for educational or governmental use on institutional networks; i.e.,
channels that are generally available only to institutions such as schools,
libraries or government offices.
Franchising authorities may require cable operators to provide services,
facilities or equipment for the use of PEG channels.
In accordance with applicable franchise agreements, local franchising
authorities or cable operators may adopt on their own, non-content-based rules
governing the use of PEG channels. For example: Rules may be adopted for
allocating time among competing applicants on a reasonable
basis other than the content of their programming.
Minimum production standards may be required.
Users may be required to undergo training. With limited exceptions, cable
operators may not control the content of programming on PEG channels. A
franchise agreement may specify that obscene or otherwise constitutionally
unprotected material may not be shown or may be shown only subject to
Franchising authorities and other governmental entities are not limited in
their exercise of editorial control over governmental access channels.
A cable operator may be subject to civil and criminal liability for
permitting obscene material to be aired over the cable system.
The 1992 Cable Act also specifies that a cable operator may prohibit the use
of a PEG channel for programming which contains obscene material, sexually
explicit conduct or material soliciting or promoting unlawful conduct. However,
the Commission's regulations implementing these "indecency" rules have
been held to be unconstitutional, and are therefore not presently effective.
PEG channel capacity which is not in use for its designated purpose may, with
the franchising authority's permission, be used by the cable operator to provide
other cable services. Franchising authorities are directed by federal law to
prescribe rules governing when such use is permitted.
For additional information: Any questions or comments about PEG channels on a
particular system should be directed to the cable operator or the local
franchising authority, and not to the Federal Communications Commission. The
name and telephone number (505) 768-5340 of your franchising authority should
appear on your cable bill or should be available through your cable operator.
With very limited exceptions, the Federal Communications
Commission is not responsible for enforcing the federal statute governing PEG
What is a government access channel?
A government access channel is one of three kinds of "Community Access
Channels" first designated under the "Cable Communications Policy Act
of 1984" to provide residents with local television programs and
information over dedicated Public, Educational and Government (PEG) cable
Authorized by the FCC and by
local ordinances and franchise agreements, government access channel are
vehicles used by cities and counties to communicate information generated by
each respective legislative body.
How does a government access channel differ from a public or educational
Government access channels differ from public and educational access channels in
some important ways. Unlike Public Access channels, government channels are
granted editorial rights to choose the manner, format, and type of information
to be disseminated to the public. Unlike Educational Access Channels, government
channels selectively offer legislative information to the general community.
Realizing how impractical it would be to format and distribute the entire
information available, local governments highlight on the channel what they feel
are the mort relevant points for residents. The basic idea is to attract viewers
to learn more about what local governments have to offer and to encourage
greater citizen participation.
Why have a government channel?
The principal reason to have a government channel is to provide local
information from a local perspective. Traditionally, governments have been among
the primary developers of local information, but have relied on commercial news
sources to disseminate it to the public. This situation changed with the
introduction of government access channels in the 1960's and 70's. Today these
channels provide a convenient and inexpensive way for the local government to
teach citizens about the day-to-day workings of local government.
Another reason is to provide services to city departments and agencies in the
form of public service announcements, program series or the coverage of public
meetings and other events. Furthermore, government access channels promote city
services among constituents, and market the accomplishments of local government
to potential businesses and residents.
How is the government access channel funded?
The cable franchise agreement requires the payment of a franchise fee which is
used to support the channel. The local franchise authority collects 5% of gross
revenues from the cable operator, which is used to support the on-going
operations of the government channel and regulatory oversight.
Who can use the channel?
Use of the government access channel and studio by non-city departments or
non-city agencies is prohibited.
Eligible users include Grandville, Hudsonville and Jenison municipal access
users may submit video service requests, pre-produced programming, public
service announcements or requests for alpha-numeric text messages.
Where is the studio located?
WCET-TV is located in Hudsonville High School. Our address is 5037 32nd Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426.
What are your cablecast hours?
WCET-TV is automated and offers programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Is there a way I can get a videotape or DVD copy of a program I've seen
Yes. You may request a copy of any program produced by WCET-TV by calling us at
616-669-3332 or by clicking here.
There is a $20.00 DVD charge for each DVD requested. All
DVD requests must be paid in advance. You may pick up your DVD Monday-Friday between the
hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Please make a copy of the DVD request form and mail it in with your
payment payable to:
WCET-TV located in Hudsonville High School. Our address is 5037 32nd Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426.
My local organization is planning an event will WCET-TV cover our event?
If your organization is planning a community event, please inform WCET-TV. We ask
that you provide us with written information on letterhead which tells us about
the upcoming event. Include the particulars of where and when and fax the
information to (616) 669-3778. While we cannot guarantee that we will provide
video coverage of your event, we may be able to help promote the event. Such a
decision will be at the discretion of WCET-TV and you will be notified.
What is prohibited on WCET-TV?
Cablecasting of the following material on the Local government Access Channel
shall be prohibited.
-Any advertising materials or other information which is designed to promote the
sale of any commercial product or service; any advertising message that promotes
publicly declared candidates for elective public office or persons advocating
any causes or endorsements; lottery information or games of chance, copyrighted
materials, or any material which constitutes libel, slander, pornography,
violation of Trademark or which might violate any local, state or federal laws
including FCC regulations or otherwise unprotected by the Constitution of the
For a detailed list of prohibited materials write for a copy of our Program
Policies and Procedures Manual.
If I win a prize on WCET-TV, how long before I am eligible to win again?
WCET-TV has implemented a policy regulating prize winner eligibility to be
applied to all prize winners. Prize winners will only be eligible to win once
every 90 days. All contest participants are asked to observe our 90 day
eligiblity rule. Upon winning a prize on WCET-TV, you are not eligible to win
again until the completion of 90 days. WCET-TV reserves the right to revoke
prizes to participants who are found to be ineligible.
To obtain a prize, winners must present themselves in person.
An official form of identication is required to claim prizes. All prizes will be
held in the offices of the WCET-TV located in Hudsonville High School. Our address is
5037 32nd Ave. Hudsonville, MI 49426.
Do you offer internship opportunities for college students?
WCET-TV offers a student internship program year round. Students matriculating at
area community colleges or universities and majoring in a communications field
are encouraged to apply for our internship program. Our internship is a hands-on
video production program which can last up to one year.
The Communications Division of the WCET-TV offers a student internship
program year round. The internship program is under the direction of Allan Dodds
and Faith Gross, Video Production Manager.
Nature of Work
This is specialized work developing and producing programming in a
variety of formats for the WCET-TV local government access channels.
Responsibilities may include program production duties such as video and audio
recording, lighting, editing, operating alpha-numeric equipment and field
Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Communications related
program at a participating college, university or junior college; and
be certified as eligible for an internship by the appropriate faculty or
administrative staff member.
Students must be available to work a minimum of nine (9) hours per week, with
preference given to those who have flexible hours Monday-Friday and are
available for as-needed Saturday and Sunday assignments.
OFFICIAL VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE RESUME.
RESUME SHOULD INCLUDE RELEVANT COURSEWORK. CANDIDATES MUST ALSO SUBMIT A
Candidates may be called for an interview based on their availability and an
evaluation of their academic performance.
Submit resume and documentation of eligibility to:
WCET-TV 5037 32nd Ave. Hudsonville, MI 49426
If your school has not yet participated in this internship program, please
telephone Allan Dodds at 616-669-3332 to discuss program requirements.