Mission & Vision
Fitchburg Community Access Television (FACTv) is a Public, Education, and Government (PEG) access television center offering community members the tools and training to produce their own programs for airing on local cable access television in the city of Fitchburg. The FACTv mission is to stimulate community dialog, enhance understanding of government, and the diverse people of our communities, and to encourage civic participation.
We actively seek to include all segments of the community in the production, promotion, and presentation of programming. We support the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, without restrictions, bias, or prejudice. FACTv provides access to training, video equipment, and channel time to individuals and organizations in Fitchburg and other area communities, on a first-come, first-served, non-discriminatory basis.
Public, Education & Government (PEG)
PEG is an acronym for public, education and government, the three types of community television channels. Public access channels are open to the public and feature the programs the public brings to the channel or makes themselves using the equipment provided by the station. Educational access channels are managed by school districts or technical colleges. Government access channels cover city meetings, discuss city issues, and inform residents of policies.
Video providers such as Charter, AT&T or Time-Warner pay a 5% franchise fee on the company's video revenues to the city they serve. This fee reimburses the people of the community for use of the rights-of-way to do business. Many cities use all or part of this fee to fund community television. Others use this fee for other city priorities.
Local businesses support community television by underwriting some programs. Some stations sell time on their community bulletin boards. Most stations also sell DVD copies of the programs they produce. Stations also earn money by offering training courses to people interested in learning to produce their own videos. Others require membership in the station to those who would simply like the station to play their program on the channel. All of these efforts, however, cannot fund a fully-functioning television station. (Article from Wisconsin Community Media.)
FCC Definition of a PEG Station Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Channels ("PEG Channels")
Pursuant to 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 among local schools, colleges and universities by either the franchising authority or the cable operator.
Governmental access channels are used for programming by local governments. In most jurisdictions, the local governments directly controls these channels.
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 whether to require the cable operator to carry PEG channels is up to the local franchising authority. If the franchise 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.
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For more information pertaining to the Media Bureau, please call: (202) 418-7200.
Copy Righted FCC: Source: http://www.fcc.gov/guides/public-educational-and-governmental-access-channels-peg-channels