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What's a PEG?

PEG stands for "Public, Educational and Governmental" Access Cable Channels.

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 and universities.

Governmental access channels are used for programming by organs of local government. In most jurisdictions, the franchising authority 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 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 conditions.

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 channels.

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 channels.

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 access channel?

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 on WCET-TV

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 United States.

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 production work.

 Qualifications

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 TRANSCRIPT.

Candidates may be called for an interview based on their availability and an evaluation of their academic performance.

TO APPLY

Submit resume and documentation of eligibility to:
Allan Dodds
Station Manager
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.

 

 
                                           WCET -TV Studio are located at 5037 32nd Ave.  Hudsonville, MI 49426  WCET -TV phone number is 616-669-3332  e-mail: adodds@hpseagles.net