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What we really need now is GOOD Communication
Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:35

What we really need now is GOOD Communication.
PBS (or Corporation for Public Broadcasting) or NPR (National Public Radio) are NOT the same as PEG.
From wikipedia: regarding PEG
"The 1984 Cable Franchise Policy and Communications Act said, 'A franchising authority ... may require as part of a cable operator's proposal for a franchise renewal ... that channel capacity be designated for Public, Educational, or Governmental use.'
In other words the Franchise fee for the local area is SUPPOSED to go the the local area PEG channels.
There is provision for there to be at least a channel for Public Access, a channel for Education and a channel for Governmental proceedings in the area. The franchise fee paid by the Cable companies and or others using the Cable Access afforded in the original Franchise agreement that the right of the Companies to use for their commercial enterprises should pay a fee this fee is the Franchise Fee. The fee is to fund the Public Access Channel or channels, the Education Channels, and the Governmental channels. What is allocated to the PBS and or NPR by the US Budget has nothing to do with funding the PEG channels.
Notice that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds looks like it should be 445 Million but only gets 300 million.
What about all the Beg-a-thons asking you to phone in your pledge?
What about all of those foundations etc. given credit for contributing or sustaining the broadcast?

Just how much money are we talking about here?
Isn't it bad enough that the Franchise Fee paid by the viewers goes largely NOT allocated (all to often this includes millions), to the especially Public Access (meaning the local person has a chance to speak out (REAL FREE SPEECH)?

Now knowing these cxtenuating issues would you, like Trump want to cut funds that only make it appear that the Public has the right to speak out 'sort off.' Or would you rather the Fees paid by the Public actually be used to let the individual have a chance to speak out on their local channel?

As for the extremely popular programing could well be shown on Public Access. And even more programming could be possible with local talent.

Right now though, the problem is so many of the Public Access channels have been shut down, mismanaged, or down right sabotaged from being able to be available for FREE SPEECH.

Thank you to each of the authors expressing their view in the Articles below:

PBS and NPR is the same as saying one voice from coast to coast is speaking for the whole of the Public's view.
The 2017 federal appropriations for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting were $445 million. PBS gets about $300 million of that.
Why do we pay a PEG Fee on our Cable Bill?
May 13, 2009
From wikipedia:
"The 1984 Cable Franchise Policy and Communications Act said, 'A franchising authority ... may require as part of a cable operator's proposal for a franchise renewal ... that channel capacity be designated for public, educational, or governmental use.'
PEG access may be mandated by local or state government to provide any combination of television production equipment, training and airtime on a local cable system to enable members of the public, accredited educational institutions, and government to produce their own shows and televise them to a mass audience.
Municipalities must take initiative and petition the cable operator to provide the funding for PEG access as laid out by law, but municipalities may also choose to take no action and will instead keep the franchise fees in a general fund. A municipality may also choose to allow Governmental access but not Public access or may replace it with Governmental access or may take away Public access altogether, depending on the disposition of the local government or its voters.
Municipalities have a broad spectrum of franchise agreements with cable television service providers and may not create a monopoly through these agreements. Depending on the size of the community and their contractual agreement the PEG and local origination channels may take many forms. Large communities often have a separate organization for each PEG type, smaller communities may have a single organization that manages all three. Because each organization will develop its own policies and procedures concerning the commercial content of a program, constituent services differ greatly between communities.
Public access television
Public access television channels may be run by public grassroots groups, individuals, private non-profits, or government organizations. Policies and regulations are subject to their own ordinances and community standards.
Services available at public access organizations are often low cost or free of charge, with an inclusive, content neutral, first-come, first-served, free speech ideology. Monies from cable franchise fees are paid to government for use of right-of-ways, hopefully allowing other general fund monies to be used to operate the facilities, employ staff and trainers, develop curriculum, operate training workshops, schedule and maintain equipment, manage the cablecast of shows and publish promotion materials to build station viewership. Funding and operating budgets vary significantly with the municipality's finances. Frequently it is left to the cable franchise to determine how they operate public access. The FCC does not mandate a cable franchise to provide any of the above services mentioned.
Users of public access stations may participate at most levels of this structure to make content of their choosing. Generally, anyone may have their programming aired on a public access channel. Users are not restricted to cable subscribers, though residency requirements may apply, depending on local franchise agreements or facility policy. Many public access channels try to favor locally produced programs while others also carry regionally or nationally distributed programming. Such programming—regional, national or even international—is usually aired on a channel curated by the PEG operator, which also carries programs produced by professional producers. A show that originates outside the municipality is often referred to as "bicycled", "dub and submit", or "satellite" programming.
In the event that a public access channel becomes filled with programming, a franchise may state that more channels may be added to satisfy the demand."
- From the wikipedia entry on Public Access TV on October 11, 2010
A question was raised on Front Porch Forum in the Old North End by a person on Intervale Avenue who recently called Burlington Telecom to ask about his cable bill:
I questioned the $2.63 monthly franchise fee. Who is the franchisor?
I questioned the $2.63 PEG fee. NOBODY KNOWS.
I suspect the city of Btown is ripping its citizens off.
Meghan O'Rourke, neighborhood resident and Channel 17 staff person, responded:
Thanks for bringing up the question of franchise fees and PEG access fees. I love the chance to talk about my work. I have been at Channel 17/ Town Meeting TV since 1992. The station has existed here in the Old North End since 1990!
Thanks to the contributions of cable subscribers via the PEG access franchise fees, Channel 17 and 42 other local community television channels provide training, equipment and airtime to people across the state of Vermont. Federal laws require that these channels exist in exchange for the cable companies use of the public "rights of way" to string their cables. Cable companies are then allowed to pass through a portion of this fee to subscribers--that is what you see under the line entitled PEG access fees. In the Burlington area 5% + 1.5% of your bill goes to fund and support local access operations and equipment purchase.
In many communities these channels are the way that folks can find out about local government or school actions, exercise their free speech rights and see their neighbors on TV. Locally, we air the neighborhood NPA meetings, Burlington City Council, a regular call-in "Live at 5:25" program with politicians and citizens, community events and more. We are REALLY thankful for cable subscribers contributions, but more importantly so are the thousands of community members, local officials from all parties and persuasions, and non-profits that use these access centers to share with the community and learn media tools.
To see our programming via the web and learn more visit us at or stop n at 294 North Winooski ave between 9-5. These are your channels and we welcome you!
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In a major win for cable TV consumers and the people of Vermont, the Public Service Board delivered its long awaited ruling on Comcast’s Certificate of Public Good on Friday, January 13, 2017. The Board determined that Comcast’s renewed CPG, good through January 2027, is “reasonable to meet future cable-related community interests and needs” by modifying and adding several conditions that the Company had either omitted or opposed in its initial proposal to the state. The decision lays the groundwork for modernizing PEG access and delivers a clear statement that PEG access is an important community good and should remain relevant as cable technology changes.
Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access organizations, represented by the Vermont Access Network (VAN), see the Board’s Docket 8301 ruling as a substantial victory for free speech, open government and community cohesion.
“We are very pleased with the Board’s Order. The new CPG lays the groundwork for continued important and necessary work by VAN members over the next 11 years as we modernize community media in Vermont. The Board’s decision is a clear statement that PEG access is an important community good and should remain relevant as cable technology changes,” said Lisa Byer, Executive Director of CAT-TV and leader of the VAN working group that mounted the case on behalf of 26 community media centers across Vermont.
In addition to key conditions on line extensions and customer service requirements, the PSB Order clearly sets out conditions and principles for Comcast going forward that are based on fundamental propositions painstakingly advanced by VAN in Docket 8301. The Board adopted almost all of VAN’s proposed findings, contrary to Comcast’s position throughout the case.
“Vermont’s PEG access organizations serve a vital community function supported by thousands of hours of locally produced programs, training programs for young and old and the many ways that we open the doors to local and state government--not to mention the hundreds of pro-PEG comments voiced through the community needs assessments in this Docket. PEG access is considered to be a vital community service that promotes the common good,” said Rob Chapman, Director of ORCA-Media, based in Montpelier.
In an important statement about the value of PEG access to the state of Vermont and the importance of providing public access to commercial features of the cable network, the Board wrote:
“The rapidly changing nature of cable system technology and the emerging digital transition of cable video delivery services over the next eleven years will have effects on AMOs and the delivery of PEG content. As Comcast introduces and expands the use of new technology in Vermont for commercial objectives, there is a reasonable expectation that community needs and interests related to PEG access should also be served.”
Key PEG Conditions Supported by the Board
⦁ Stating the the interactive program guide is the “most important PEG outreach condition”, the Board Order requires Comcast to provide Vermont’s access management organizations and their channels with access to the interactive program guide, stating that Comcast has been out of compliance with this existing condition for several years, leaving more than 45 PEG channels without the ability to tell cable viewers what programs are airing at any given time. Comcast has cited the cost of providing basic access to the guides as upwards of $3 million. Given the Company’s net profit in 2015 of $59 million, the Board believes that Comcast can afford to be in compliance with this condition.
⦁ The Board did not require Comcast to activate HD channels at this time, but set a placeholder of two years, reporting requirements, and a mechanism with which to reconsider this question and advised Comcast to negotiate on a contract basis with HD ready AMOs. The Board used strong language to advise Comcast to negotiate HD channels with “HD-ready” AMO’s during upcoming contract negotiations.
⦁ The Board clarified the Company’s obligation to activate local origination sites (for the cablecasting of live programming at community locations) and their obligation to cover the cost for standard installations. The Board slapped Comcast’s hand for redefining its obligations under the current CPG: “Technology constraints that emerge from a cable operator’s provision of additional commercial services do not excuse the cable operator from meeting its obligations under its CPG nor do they allow such operator to redefine its responsibilities under the CPG.” (p.42).
⦁ On the question of statewide connectivity and a statewide PEG access channel, the Board agrees with VAN “that the objectives for a statewide access channel that provides sufficient interconnection bandwidth to meet future community needs has not been fully achieved through the Vermont Media Exchange”, a statewide program sharing network. The Board also ruled that if a statewide PEG channel is to be viable, it must be connected to PEG AMOs and key remote sites across the state. The Board recognized the value of an INet as a means to share and transport content for a “leveraging certain local PEG services for the future of PEG access in Vermont”. (INet Conditions are found at conditions 50 through 55). The Board stated that many unresolved issues remain to be answered, including designation of statewide AMO, to be decided at future proceedings.
In other conditions, the Board:
⦁ Retained existing channel reassignment language as it “provides some protection for AMOs and the public that might not otherwise be obtained in future contract negotiations.” (p.36).
⦁ Continued to enable AMOs to submit “spike funding” capital requests twice during the CPG in support of the “rapidly changing technological environment” that AMO’s must respond to promptly and effectively (p.59).
⦁ The Board adopted VAN’s recommendation for Comcast to continue to proactively reach out to municipal leaders annually and to inform community institutions of local origination site availability every two years.
The Board also stood behind basic principles put forward by VAN and opposed by Comcast:
⦁ Comcast is subject to the EMCO criteria, the base line criteria used for assessing cable television contracts in vermont.
⦁ VAN’s proposals are within the jurisdiction of the State.
⦁ Community Needs Assessment support for PEG access uses and modernization are a key driver in the Board’s decision.
⦁ The value of PEG access cannot

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