Swansea Cable Access TV is a multimedia production center that is dedicated in producing and sharing content for the residents of Swansea and to empower residents to be active creators of local content. Since 2005 Swansea Cable Access TV has been committed to creating content for the community that spans across our online platforms and our three local channels.
What is PEG?
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.
Governmental access channels are used for programming by local governments. In most jurisdictions, the local governments directly controls these channels.
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.
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.
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.
Federal law permitted a cable operator to prohibit the use of a PEG channel for programming that contains obscene material, sexually explicit conduct, indecency, nudity, or material soliciting or promoting unlawful conduct. However, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that this law was unconstitutional. Therefore, cable operators may not control the content of programming on public access channels with the exception that the cable operator may refuse to transmit a public access program, or a portion of the program, which the cable operator reasonably believes contains obscenity.
PEG channel capacity that 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 this use is permitted.