Distribution of PegMedia Content

The video on PegMedia is uploaded by the producers of the content for broadcast by public access stations in the United States and other countries.

"Broadcast" means either an on the air signal, a signal distributed by cable, or a signal distributed by live streaming. It does not mean video on demand or archiving of content for on demand viewing.

"Public access stations" are non-profit organizations which allow broadcasting by members of the public.


Copyright laws are continually changing and becoming more agressive. Unless otherwise indicated, copyrights on videos and the content within belong to the producers as represented by them when they request a show folder from PegMedia. However, the ultimate responsiblity for conforming with current copyright laws lies with the stations downloading and broadcasting the material.


Any uses other than broadcasting on public access stations must be specifically granted to the station/downloader by the publisher.

Such exceptions would include, but are not limited to:

  • Video on Demand or archived files.
  • Use on channels other than public access.
  • Use by for-profit organizations.
  • Modified contents.
  • YouTube and similar sites - unless you are the producer and the copyright holder, content cannot be posted to YouTube or similar sites.

If you have a question about a potential exception, contact the show's producer.

Exceptions must be explicity approved in writing by the producer. You can contact the producer for a show by clicking on their link in the show description page and then sending them a "Private Message".

Laws and rules are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the downloader to conform to current laws and rules.

EFF Wins New Legal Protections for Video Remixing

Copyright Office Announces Exemptions to Mitigate DMCA Harms

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won renewal of critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in a ruling published today, including the upholding of jailbreaking rights for smartphones as well as new and expanded legal protections for video remixing.

"The DMCA creates a cloud of legal uncertainty over American consumers – whether they are tinkerers, artists, or just looking to make their gadgets work better," said EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry. "The ruling from the Copyright Office today goes a long way towards mitigating some of the DMCA's most grievous harms."

The Garage with Steve Butler

It takes a courageous and strong person to try and make a living as an artist or craftsperson, especially in these tough economic times. You not only subject your personal work to scrutiny and critique, because there's a lot of people out there who love to give their opinion about what it is you do, yet who could never stand there and take their lumps.

You also subject yourself to the judgement of people who feel your not working an honest job, etc,etc. These people have a lot to say, but could never and will never do what you do. They just don't have the nerve, so they criticize or throw out their opinions easily, without ever trying or always making or having an excuse.

Steve Butler, star of The Garage with Steve Butler, is not one of those people. “I'm very proud of what I have achieved and will achieve,” he says. “My passion is making objects; it's what centers and drives me.”

Steve is an artist and furniture maker with more than 20 years experience in the field. In his garage workshop, he'll share with you the way to make fun, funky projects without having all the fancy expensive shop tools of the other shows. Anything from fine furniture to cool, artsy objects are what he's making. The Garage is a how-to show unlike any other.

“My work as a whole is influenced by the modern movement in furniture design,” he continues. “I love the clean lines and use of materials from that era. Lately I find myself giving new life to old materials, a resurrection of sorts; giving new life to an old object or transforming the object into something else, creating a duality in use and purpose.”

As a maker and a an educator, you are always looking for sources of inspiration and teaching aids. Steve teaches at different craft schools across the country and is always on the lookout for materials and information in places that might not seem very obvious. “I'll drop into the Salvation Army and other thrift stores at least three times a week to see if I can find some used woodworking books or an object I can use in a project. You can use the old books with the great illustrations as teaching aids. They make great hand-outs for students. They can also be very inspirational and spawn some great ideas.”

Which ultimately is what Steve hopes The Garage will do for others. “If someone goes home and makes one of my pieces, that's flattery. It's awesome. Seriously, it's the best compliment” So go ahead, check out The Garage at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/611/detail, and throw some some compliments his way.

Excellent FREE Video

Change For A Dollar by Sharon Wright

An inspiring short (10 minute) film encouraging each person to nurture the people they meet each day.

Follow a man that asks for change as he affects multiple peoples' lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn't take much to be the change in someone's life.

Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE?

WATCH THE VIDEO and/or download free from PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/ep/10589/detail&destination=msv...

Written and directed by Sharon Wright
 and www.shesalwayswright.com

Winner - Best Short Film - Maryville Film Festival

Winner - Audience Choice Award - Gateway Film Festival

Winner - Audience Choice Award - Moonlight Film Festival

Nominated - Best Female Filmmaker Award - Action On Film Intl Film Festival

Nominated - Sirrocco Award - Action On Film Intl Film Festival

Nominated - Best Silent Film - BareBones Intl Film Festival

New Private Messaging for PegMedia

We have added a new "private messaging" capability for PegMedia. This should be useful for communication between stations and producers.

The advantage of private messaging is that it does not expose email addresses to email harvesting bots. It also keeps your PegMedia messages in one spot.

Default is that when a message is sent to you, you will also get an email message to your regular email account letting you know there is a message waiting. You can go to your account, click on Edit tab and change the settings for private messages at the bottom.

You can also check your messages by clicking on the "Messages" selection in the menu to the left <<<--- on every page. This link will allow you to send a message to any user as well. Or if you click on a link for a user (username in RED) on any page you should open the page with their information. At the bottom of their information is a link that says "Send this user a message".

If you receive a message from another user and no longer wish to receive any from that offer, when you go to your messages, you can select the Block Author option.

This capability is experimental. Hopefully it adds value to PegMedia and everyone uses it wisely so it retains its value.

If you have any questions or problems, you can send a "private message" to Admin!

Thanks for using PegMedia.

Bob Nichols

New Video Campaign Highlights Election Irregularities and Voter Suppression

Today, EMMY-winning documentary film producer Dorothy Fadiman announces the launch of ELECTIONS at RISK, a constellation of 14 short video clips from STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote (2008) winner of The Choice Award from Broadcast Film Critics Association.

This project documents threats to our voting rights by tracing significant irregularities in recent elections. First person stories attest to massive disenfranchisement of low income and minority voters. A social media campaign, along with broadcasts of these documentary clips, will raise awareness about the escalating challenges to holding free and fair elections.

U. S. Access Television Providers and LPFM Stations

This site "Community Media Database", http://communitymediadatabase.org, created by Rob McCausland shows the amazing distribution of access tv, broadcast tv, and low power FM stations.

When you go to the site, you can pan to a particular state or click on its abbreviation in the list below the map and you can zoom in using the zoom bar. Using the drop down menus at the top, you can drill down into the Spreadsheet Directory showing the various google docs with even more detailed info if you register.

Rob has the full support of the Alliance for Community Media. If you don’t see your station listed or you want to correct something, you can contact Rob at: info@communitymediadatabase.org.

Also, anyone doing congressional candidate interviews or debates in this political season, please see congressional coverage button in the maps' top right, and email Rob (info@communitymediadatabase.org) your coverage data for inclusion.

Thanks to Rob McCausland for this great visualization which should be very useful to producers as well as stations!

West Virginia – Hillbillies, Coal Miners, Treehuggers & God

Link TV and the Annenberg "explore" series present “West Virginia – Hillbillies, Coal Miners, Treehuggers & God,” the two-year anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that killed 29 coal miners in Raleigh County, WV. The half hour documentary features in-depth interviews with local residents and extensive footage from deep in the belly of the West Virginia mines

In April of 2010, just weeks after the tragedy, Charlie Annenberg and a film crew from explore.org, a philanthropic media organization he founded to champion the selfless acts of others, put what they were doing on hold and traveled to West Virginia to understand the issues facing the mining industry and the region. By including interviews with dozens of local area residents – from coal miners to local environmental activists to other community members – Charlie was able to capture a diverse perspective on coal mining, mountaintop removal and the recent tragedy.

Deeply moved by his experiences there, Charlie arranged for the Annenberg Foundation (of which he is vice president and trustee) to donate $2.5 million to help fund the relocation of Marsh Fork Elementary School in Sundial, West Virginia. The school was seen by local community groups as a potential health hazard for grade school students due to its location below a dam holding back billions of gallons of coal slurry. The new school is now under construction and will open in early 2013.

This show is available for FREE download on PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/ep/11864/detail&destination=msv...

Reproductive Rights at Risk: Films for Women’s History Month and Election Year 2012

2012 is an important election year. Issues surrounding women’s reproductive rights have become pivotal by candidates for various offices. Often voters become polarized, in part because they have little or no accurate information. Across the country, state by state, legislatures are passing laws that make it increasingly difficult for women to obtain reproductive health care, breast exams, affordable birth control and safe legal abortions. Most voters actually do want to make informed choices about candidates and the policies they represent.

The three-film series CHOICE: Then and Now, directed and produced by OSCAR‐nominated, EMMY‐winning filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman follows the dramatic history of women’s reproductive rights in the USA (to read a more detailed description of each of the films, please scroll down).
These films will be featured on Public Access stations during Women’s History Month in March and throughout this election year 2012.

We invite you to join the list of stations that will air one or more of the films in this documentary series.
To download the films for FREE online, please go to http://pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/80/detail.

If you would like to find more resources on the topic or more background information about the films, please visit our website http://www.thepowerofchoice.net/, and become one of our facebook fans http://www.facebook.com/PowerofChoiceFilm.

PEG TV Today, News For PEG Stations and Producers

By Gregory Bator, Graceful Aging and PEG TV Today

Several months ago I gathered those PEG stations following @GracefulAging on Twitter together with several other media sources and created the online publication PEG TV Today.

The paper is an aggregation of material referenced by Twitter users I've added to the newspaper's feed. I'd love to add to the depth of the newsletter by including more stations, producers, and media sources. I’d readily encourage others to build this newsletter by jumping on Twitter and start posting what are newsworthy items. I'll add them to the PEG TV Today feed.

Take a look at the latest issue at http://paper.li/GracefulAging/peg-media?utm_source=subscription&utm_medi....

As you can see from the current issue of PEG TV Today, there are great ideas shared by stations together with updates of what is happening on community access television around the country.

Send me a direct message on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/GracefulAging or an email note if you have any questions or call me if you prefer.

Gregory Bator
@GracefulAging on Twitter,
gbator - a t - gracefulaging.com,
or 248-721-1212

Verizon's Deal With Big Cable Spells the Demise of the Telecom Act

By Alliance for Community Media

Opening up communications markets was the purpose of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The Act was designed to help phone companies get into the pay-TV business, and cable companies get into the phone business. Yet after a series of regulatory blunders, this promise of increased competition and lower prices has become a distant memory, like 7-Up Gold. And the situation is only getting worse.

Just last month Verizon announced it had signed a $3.6 billion deal with its erstwhile competitors Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In many ways, this announcement placed a capstone on the grave of the 1996 Telecom Act's biggest promise to America: genuine competition in communications service offerings.
Link to complete article--


Raindrops Over Rwanda

"Exactly seventeen years have now passed since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and the small, landlocked nation has managed to maintain a semblance of stability, avoiding the crises that its neighbors have endured. What is the reason for this? How has this country reconciled its past, and how do victims and perpetrators alike live together in the present?

Charles Annenberg Weingarten and the explore.org Team traveled to Rwanda to answer that very question. The film that resulted from the trip, Raindrops Over Rwanda, focuses on the Kigali Memorial Centre and a young man who survived the genocide and now serves as the Centre's head guide. Raindrops Over Rwanda is now available on PEGMedia for free download.

After explore.org's trip to Rwanda, Honoré Gatera, the main subject of the film, came to the United States for the very first time and sat down with Charlie at Link TV headquarters for a memorable interview. This interview is available as well, and is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the movie was made, as well as Honoré's experiences and unique worldview. This amazing film and accompanying interview illuminate how Rwandans can teach the world not only about how to avoid genocide, but also how to heal and forgive in order to live together in the future.

Raindrops Over Rwanda: http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/ep/9273/detail&destination=msvr...

Belfast Maine TV Survey Shows a Dramatic Rise in Viewership

By Ned Lightner, BCTV-2

Belfast Maine PEG television BCTV-2 periodically surveys Belfast residents.

The July BCTV-2 survey results are in and the news is good. Since our survey last September, 2010, viewership and awareness have increased dramatically.

The survey is comprised of 100 Belfast residents, whose names are chosen at random from the local telephone directory. Seventy-five percent of cable subscribers watch the station compared with thirty-six percent in the earlier survey. Sixteen percent watch often and forty-six percent watch occasionally which is a substantial increase from the Fall survey where ten percent watched often and fifteen percent watched occasionally.

A new question on the survey revealed that more people are using the internet for program viewing. In fact, fifty-seven percent of those surveyed reported using a combination of both internet (station website and miro.org) and television to receive programming.

Overall BCTV-2 is very excited to hear that public awareness and viewership is on the rise and they intend to keep bringing quality programming to the community as they go forward into the future.

Apparently in the eyes of the FCC, we are still relevant.

By Tony Vigue, Portland, Maine

On June 9, 2011, the FCC released a new report titled Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age. The goal of the report was to identify trends and make recommendations on how the information needs of communities could be met in a broadband world. NATOA members will be particularly interested in Chapter 7: PEG Access Channels.

The entire report may be found at: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-307406A1.pdf

The section on nonprofit media starts on p. 146 -- PEG is discussed in ch. 7 and 27; see pp. 15, 170-175, 298-301, 352, 357 (may be other references sprinkled about).

ViewChange: The Mothers Index

In many parts of the world – particularly developing countries – mothers face extra burdens just to survive, take care of their children, and contribute to their communities.

To take a deeper look into the lives of the world’s moms, Link TV’s ViewChange.org has partnered with Save the Children to produce a new documentary, ViewChange: The Mothers Index. Come take a global tour of some of the best and worst places to be mom. Learn about Save the Children’s annual “State of the World’s Mothers” report, and the conditions necessary for women and children to thrive.

Along the way, you’ll learn about a life-saving maternal health program in Malawi; a community health program in Nepal that is saving the lives of babies; an education program in Bangladesh that’s empowering young girls, and more – including where the U.S. ranks on the “Mother’s Index.” It is a moving and powerful segment; one that encourages us to give back to the women that help run and foster our world, while reminding us of the work done by our own moms.

Download the 30:00 minute program FREE of charge here:

Producer Can Cover Download Costs on PegMedia

Producers have an option of covering the bandwidth costs for downloads on PegMedia to make the downloads free to stations. When producers cover the cost, the number of stations carrying a program increases dramatically, usually by a factor of three or more.

In order for you as a producer to cover the download costs, you only need to do two simple steps:

  1. Select the option for your show. Click on the Producer Show Edit link at the bottom of the page. In the edit page, click on the box "I Would Like to Cover Download Costs" and click on the Save button at the bottom.
  2. Put some money in your account. In order for the download costs to be covered, the producer must have a positive balance in their account. Usually a minimum of $20 is suggested. You can add to your account by clicking on the link "Add To Your Account Via PayPal or Check" in the left hand column if this web site.

Cost for each download is 99 cents or less, depending on the length of the video. This is less than the cost of producing and mailing a dvd so also ends up saving the producer money and time vs manual mailing.

Stations will see on the show and the episode pages if the download is being covered by the producer.

Producers covering download costs should monitor their account balance to make sure it stays positive.

NOTE: Each user has only one account balance. As a producer your account would handle any downloading you do plus it would also cover the downloading costs for any of your shows you want to cover as well.

Fukushima - Crisis at the Nuclear Plant

In this In Focus documentary we look at how a natural disaster caught plant managers off guard in this major international nuclear nightmare.

Ever since the earthquake and the following Tsunami hit Japan in March the crisis in and around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been deteriorating.

Emergency workers struggling to prevent an imminent meltdown have had to pull out again and again. Experts are still measuring high levels of radioactivity, in the air and sea near the plant. They’ve detected traces of highly toxic plutonium in the soil nearby.

Engineers are risking their lives trying to get the reactor cooling systems running again. Local residents are living in temporary shelters, increasingly worried about their homes. Tepco, Fukushima’s operators, seem to have lost control of the situation.

This episode can be found on PegMedia for a FREE download at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/ep/8309/detail&destination=msvr...

Two New Special Episodes of "explore"

Link TV and explore have teamed up again for a brand new special episode - "Adrenaline Junkie." The explore Team makes their way from Hawaii to Venice Beach to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, seeking out new adventure sports and learning how rescuers keep thrill seekers safe. They speak with elite Jet Ski rescue lifeguards on the North Shore of Oahu, film inspirational wheelchair athletes in Venice Beach, California, and accompany an avalanche rescue team on a heart-pounding mission in the deep powder of Wyoming's Rockies. On the way, they explore what makes humans push the boundaries of physics in the never-ending pursuit of adrenaline.

Download the 23:43 program FREE of charge here:


Also, Link TV and explore are proud to present a new explore film "Darfur - Quest for the Human Spirit." The explore Team traveled to Darfur, Sudan, home to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. They travel with Merlin, a British medical NGO that works in the region. explore founder Charles Annenberg Weingarten and his team are taken by helicopter to a refugee camp in southern Darfur. The roads are too dangerous to travel, and Charlie has little idea of what to expect when the helicopter touches down. After meeting the people in the refugee camp, bonding with young and old, he is astonished by the ability of the human spirit to endure incredible hardship and remain resolute.

Download the 22:18 program FREE of charge here:


Thaddeus Hogarth Live at Bose II , Special on PegMedia

An exciting live concert performance by 2-time Independent Music Award winner, guitarist/vocalist/harmonica player, Thaddeus Hogarth is now available on PegMedia.

This performace was filmed at the Bose World Headquarters Theater in Massachusetts and features Thaddeus' original R&B/Blues compositions with an all star band.

This multi-camera film was directed by Marc Serra, producer of Mostly Rock 'n' Roll at Shrewsbury Media Connection in Shrewsbury, MA.

This concert was a celebration for Thaddeus winning his second Independent Music Award for Best R&B Album. This winning album, Live At Bose (1) was recorded using live music performance technology developed by Bose, and represented a collaboration with Thaddeus and Bose to create great music and great sound.

The concert features high energy R&B/Blues grooves, with many wonderful musical highlights including a ballad duet with acclaimed France-based jazz singer, Robin McKelle.

The show is available as a free download from PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/545/detail.

(Photo Credit: Dan Rapoza)

Public Access Saved in NJ

Video of last week's Assembly hearing on A3766. The companion bill in the Senate had removed PEG TV the week before; the Assembly bill was amended to protect PEG TV.


Congratulations, Team Jersey!

~ Rob McCausland

Deutsche Welle - European Journal

Europe is a diverse part of the globe with many languages and cultures. With Deutsche Welle’s 50-plus years of covering Europe for the world, our producers and journalists know the Continent just a bit better, and European Journal is our showcase of what we do with that knowledge and understanding. The stories in Europe are important ones and deserve more than the occasional 30 seconds on the nightly news.

Fifty-two times a year, DW-TV provides viewers worldwide with a fascinating mix of stories exploring the important political, economic and cultural developments in Europe. Each week presenters Cathy Smith and Jim Gibbons provide their unique take on stories unfolding across the Atlantic, telling the story with compelling video, strong reporting, and a good sense of humor.

Details on European Journal can be found at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/533/detail and all download costs are covered by Deutsche Welle and are FREE to all stations.


What a perfect way to both create a fascinating and active lifestyle by touring and taping the many highlights of Southern California and the Southwest by creating a television series that provides all of this. "OUT & ABOUT WITH ROGER MARTIN" has provided just that by first investigating points of interest and then going after them with a video camera. This has been happening since March of 1991 and continues non-stop with Roger Martin and his producer-editor Jim Lichnerowicz.

Even though this is a California-based show, it can be of interest to viewers everywhere. Roger's adventures cover a wide spectrum of entertainment and education as the series explores arts, nature and wildlife, history, leisure and sports activities to celebrate the breathless excitement of the famous California West Coast, providing a valuable source of information and entertainment.

Preview Our Episodes And Find Our Downloads Here -

Spot.Us Survey Shows Support for More Diverse Public Media

The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy made 15 recommendations on how America can have a bright info-future. One of those recommendations was for increased support for public media predicated on public media efforts to "step up," for lack of a better term.

For the full story, see http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2011/01/spotus-survey-shows-support-for-more-...

FOR STATIONS - Do You Stream Video?

Yes - Live Programming and On Demand (Individual Shows)
41% (67 votes)
Yes - Live Programming only
14% (23 votes)
Yes - On Demand (Individual Shows) only
15% (24 votes)
Currently planning or implementing streaming
18% (29 votes)
No - No streaming and no plans for streaming
13% (22 votes)
Total votes: 165

Aloha! It happened a few years ago after returning from the United Nations.

The local access station in Honolulu asked us to come in and tape a report on our UN trip that raised awareness of the dire condition of native Hawaiians.

One show led to the next, and before long we were a series interviewing others who were discovering their own small part in helping create a brighter future for Hawaii.

That’s how Voices Of Truth – One-On-One With Hawaii’s Future was born.

Winner of the 2009 WAVE Video Awards, Voices Of Truth seeks to inspire viewers to become active participants in creating a better future for wherever they live.

Whether you watch Voices Of Truth for our guests and their fascinating message or Hawaii's breathtaking scenery, you'll come away amazed, uplifted and wanting more.

Preview Our Shows And Find Our FREE Downloads Here - http://pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/338/detail

For STATIONS - What is your status on High Def broadcasting?

We currently broadcast a High Def signal.
3% (4 votes)
We are implementing High Def Broadcast, but not yet live with it.
12% (19 votes)
We are investigating/contemplating High Def.
29% (45 votes)
We are Standard Def only, with no plans for High Def.
56% (85 votes)
Total votes: 153

For PRODUCERS - Who provides the camera and production equipment used for creating your show?

I provide all the equipment.
35% (50 votes)
My station provides all the equipment.
36% (51 votes)
I use a combination of my equipment and my station's equipment.
28% (40 votes)
Total votes: 141

Share the Info! Vote the Polls!

PEG stations are in interesting/trying times with changes in funding, technolgy, media distribution and society. These times can be destructive, or they can create opportunities. Hopefully the later prevails.

One of the best ways of dealing with a changing situation is to have as much information available as possible. PegMedia has a large number of stations and producers visit each day. We are starting to run polls for stations and producers (usually separate), a new one each week or so.

We hope you'll respond to these by voting in our polls...the more respondents, the better the information.

And, if you have suggestions for a poll, please email "admin - a - t - pegmedia.org".

Bob Nichols

For STATIONS -- What portion of your town's Cable Franchise fee do you receive?

100% of the Cable Franchise Fee
30% (34 votes)
75-99% of the Cable Franchise Fee
4% (5 votes)
50-74% of the Cable Franchise Fee
4% (5 votes)
25-49% of the Cable Franchise Fee
7% (8 votes)
1-24% of the Cable Franchise Fee
21% (24 votes)
None of the Cable Franchise Fee
26% (29 votes)
Our town/city does not receive Cable Franchise Fees
6% (7 votes)
Total votes: 112

Preserving the People's Channels

By Gloria Tristani, former Federal Communications Commission commissioner. Originally published in the Midland (Michigan) Daily News.

Public, Educational, and Governamental (PEG) channels throughout Michigan have long delivered diverse community and local programming over cable and other video networks. These channels owe their existence to the franchise agreements that municipalities negotiate with video providers in exchange for allowing the providers to use the public rights-of-way. PEG access channels empower individuals and groups to use the media to educate and enrich their communities. It is television by the people and for the people. In Midland last summer the access channel, MCTV Network, together with the fire department produced a popular video on fireworks safety which is now used by many government agencies including FEMA. MCTV has also partnered with community agencies such as United Way by producing Cancer Services, which programming has touched many lives.

MCTV and other PEG access channels allow citizens to see their local governments and leaders at work. They are also places where young and older people can learn to use and produce media. At a time when we see the major media companies are becoming increasingly consolidated — with the cable behemoth Comcast about to absorb NBC/Universal — it is refreshing to see the people's channels in action.

PEG channels, however, are at risk nationwide. In 2006 Michigan passed the Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act which established a statewide uniform franchising agreement eliminating local control and eroding PEG funding sources. A number of other states followed suit and in Washington, D.C., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) further chipped away at local control. While state and federal actions may have been aimed to spur competition among video providers they failed to produce the intended results and instead were detrimental to PEG channels and to consumers. The combined state and federal actions undercut PEG funding and limited local governments' ability to require video providers to create new PEG channels.

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