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Updated 03/2013

Public Access Television - PEG Channels

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Introduction

Local governments authorizing cable television franchises 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.

General/Introductory References

Washington PEGs by County

Benton County

Richland CityView - Richland Cable 13 for city government and link to Public Access 99

Clark County

  • Clark Vancouver Television -The county's responsibilities for cable television franchise administration, as well as producing public affairs and government programming, are carried out by the City/County Cable Office, a Clark County/City of Vancouver joint venture
    • Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) - Channel 23 and Cable Channel 21: as a provision of the franchise agreement with Comcast, two channels are made available for exclusive use by the City of Vancouver and Clark County local governments
    • Telecommunications Commission - The commission establishes rules and regulations for cable television franchises and monitors compliance with franchise agreements.
  • Fort Vancouver Public Television (FCTV) - FVTV Cable Channel 11 the public access station reaching 80,000 households in Clark County. Our mission is to provide average residents the ability to showcase original video content on television. We do this by offering training, equipment checkout and playback.
  • Vancouver Educational Telecommunications Consortium (TV ETC) - Provided by Educational Service District 112. Airs on Channels 27, 28, 29. TV ETC represents public, private and state education in the county serving a variety of educational institutions, consortium members, and the City/County Telecommunications Commission.

Chelan County

Cowlitz County

  • KLTV - KLTV was created to administer the use of public, education and government channels to the citizens of Cowlitz. Airs on Channel 11, 28, 29.

Franklin County

  • Pasco City Television (PSC-TV) - Provides programming 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Broadcasting over 75 public meetings with live gavel to gavel coverage each year. Airs on Chanel 12

Island County

  • Wildcat TV (WCTV) - Student production of Oak Harbor High School on Comcast covering all of Whidbey Island. Airs on Channel 21.

Jefferson County

  • Port Townsend TV (PTTV) - A public, education and government (PEG) access television station operating in the city of Port Townsend and broadcasting within the city and Jefferson County, which includes Chimacum, Irondale, Port Hadlock, Cape George, Adelma Beach and Port Ludlow. PTTV has two cable channels, channels 97 and 98. Channel 97 is the Public channel and channel 98 is the education and government channel.

King County

  • Auburn GATV - TV21 is a public service designed to provide Auburn citizens with timely information about the operation and affairs of the city government and to offer them an opportunity to use this information to be more involved in Auburn's decision making process. TV21 Auburn is available to residents who live within the Auburn city limits and subscribe to Comcast Cable Services.
  • Bellevue BTV 21 - City of Bellevue's government access cable channel operated through a partnership between the city and Bellevue College. The channel provides important information to the public about local government, including live and recorded broadcasts of City Council, information about the state Legislature and forums, arts, culture, education, local community events and special programming on issues of importance to Bellevue residents, businesses and visitors.
  • Bothell BCTV 21/26 - City of Bothell's government access cable channel available to Comcast and Verizon customers within Bothell city limits on channel 21/26.
  • Burien TBC21 - The purpose of city of Burien's government channel is to distribute a variety of information about government, its programs, services and concerns. Our objectives are to provide information about programs and services offered by government departments, agencies, boards, commissions and government-supported agencies.
  • Enumclaw City Television (ECTV) - Airs on Comcast channel 21. Enumclaw Media Services, a division of city administration, is responsible for operating Enumclaw City Television Channel 21, City telecommunications equipment and service, city cellular telephone service, cable franchising, and the city of Enumclaw website.
  • King County Television (KCTV) - KCTV is a government access channel and is an agency within the legislative branch of county government. It is overseen by the County Council, with guidance provided by the KCTV Citizens Advisory Committee and the KCTV Working Group. Airs on Channel 22.
  • City of Kirkland Televison
  • Puget Sound Access (PSA) - A non-profit organization created to bring communications tools to South King County residents. Member cities are Auburn, Burien, Kent, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila.
  • Issaquah ICTV - Issaquah government access channel; a division of the Issaquah IT Department. It airs on Chanel 21.
  • Redmond RCTV - RCTV and RCTV Arts are available on both Comcast and Frontier cable systems -RCTV on Comcast 21/Frontier 34 and RCTV Arts on Comcast 75/Frontier 35.
  • Renton Cable Channel 21 - Cable Channel 21 is the city of Renton's cable television channel dedicated to government programming 24 hours a day. It combines coverage of local government meetings, community events, an information readerboard, a quarterly magazine program highlighting city services and programs, land use updates, and other information of citizen interest.
  • Sammamish 21 TV - Can be viewed within city limits on both the Comcast and Millenium cable systems. On Comcast, city programming can be seen on Channel 21. On Millenium, the programming is on Channel 61.
  • Seattle Channel - The Seattle Channel presents programs on cable television (channel 21 on Comcast and Wave) and via the Internet to help citizens connect with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest's premier city. The Seattle Channel website (www.seattlechannel.org) offers streaming video worldwide, and includes an archive featuring video on demand of all programs.
  • Seattle Community College SCCtv - SCCtv delivers distance learning and educational video via Web stream digital delivery, broadcast (on Seattle area cable channels Comcast Ch 28 and Broadstripe Ch 19) and other platforms.
  • Seattle Public Schools SPS-TV - The Media Operations Center (MOC) operates cable channel 26 (SPS-TV) in the Seattle metropolitan area and airs a variety of educational and informational programs of interest to students, staff and the community.
  • Shoreline TV - Shoreline's government access channel airs on Comcast channel 21 and Frontier channel 37
  • Shoreline Public Schools Television Channel 26 - City of Shoreline dedicated its Education Access Channel 26 to be shared equally between Shoreline School District and Shoreline Community College.
  • University of Washington UWTV and UW2TV - UWTV is a multi-platform media organization connecting the region and the world to the University of Washington on air, online and via mobile devices. Viewers can watch at uwtv.org, through iTunes U, YouTube or on cable channel 27 in the Puget Sound region.

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Television (BITV12) - BITV operated under a contractual relationship with the City of Bainbridge Island, and Comcast which terminated in December 2010. BITV is a membership organization, open to any resident or organization located within the Comcast subscriber areas of Bainbridge Island, Indianola, Sandy Hook, Suquamish, and Hansville.
  • Bremerton Kitsap Access TV (BKTV) - BKAT is the channel for all public, educational and government programming in Kitsap County. It is a PEG eccess television station airing public, education and government programming on Comcast channel 12 and WAVE Broadband channel 3.
  • WestSound Community TV - WestSoundTV is composed of local television and media professionals (and other volunteers) who donate their time and talents to produce non-commercial television programs of community interest for presentation over our Kitsap community cable channels: BKAT on Comcast 12, Wave Broadband Channel 3 & Comcast 12 on Bainbridge Island..

Kittitas County

  • Ellensburg Community Television (ECTV) - ECTV is a branch of the city of Ellensburg, but is administrated by Multimedia Technology and Instructional Support. Thus, ECTV facilities are located in the library, on the campus of CWU. The Ellensburg Cable Commission acts as the governing body for ECTV.

Pierce County

  • Pierce County TV (PCTV) - Pierce County Television (PCTV) creates and manages government access programming for the cities, towns and unincorporated areas of Pierce County, Washington. PCTV is overseen by the Rainier Communications Commission (RCC). PCTV produces programming for seven members including: DuPont, Fife, Orting, Pierce County, Puyallup, Sumner and University Place.
  • Rainier Communications Commission (RCC) - The Rainier Communications Commission (RCC) is a cooperative effort among the majority of cities and towns in Pierce County and the county to identify telecommunications issues and to advise member jurisdictions. Member jurisdictions include: Bonney Lake, Carbonado, DuPont, Fife, Milton, Orting, Pierce County, Puyallup, Ruston, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place and Wilkeson.
  • Tacoma TV Tacoma - TV Tacoma is carried on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click! TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma city limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where we are found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. It is not carried on the Comcast system in University Place.
  • University Place UPTV - University Place TV (UPTV) is carried on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click! UPTV can be seen on Channel 12 in the University Place city limits. On Comcast, UPTV can be seen on Channel 21 in the University Place city limits.

Skagit County

  • Skagit 21 - Access Skagit Television: Skagit21 can be seen on Comcast Cable channel 21 in the greater Skagit Valley viewing area.

Snohomish County

  • Everett TV (EVTV) - The Everett Channel broadcasts a variety of programs including Everett City Council meetings, Mayor’s Monthly Update, Rinkside, Sound Transit board meetings and special features. The channel displays information and upcoming events related to city or government functions.

Spokane County

  • Spokane CityCable 5 - CityCable 5 is the city of Spokane's government access cable channel (found on Comcast Cable Channel 5) and a service of the city's Communications Department. It provides live televised coverage of the Spokane City Council and other public meetings that shape our community and our quality of life and produces a variety of original programming showcasing the events and activities of the city of Spokane.

Thurston County

  • Thurston Community Television (TCTV) - Thurston Community Television is a membership organization that provides public, educational, and government access television in greater Thurston County, Washington. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under contract to Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County. TCTV provides access channel management, training and production support to local residents, groups, government agencies and educational institutions. Our programming is seen on access channels on the Comcast cable system in Thurston County.

Whatcom County

  • Bellingham TV 10 (BTV10) - BTV10 provides information about the city of Bellingham and other public agencies to the greater Bellingham community through the delivery of quality television broadcast services. BTV10 is viewable in the greater Bellingham area on Comcast Channel 10. BTV10 also can be viewed on the City website.

Yakima County

  • Mid Valley Television (MVTV) - MVTV broadcasts the public and educational channel on Charter Digital Cable on channel 21 and MidValley Public Affairs Cable (M-PACT) is broadcast on Charter Digital Cable channel 22. The MidValley Television viewing area is Wapato, Toppenish, Zillah and Granger. MVTV is owned and operated by the cities of Toppenish, Wapato, Zillah and Granger as a public cable access facility. It is administered by the Cable TV Division of the city of Toppenish.
  • Yakima Community Television (YCTV) and Yakima Public Affairs Channel (Y-PAC) - YCTV is Yakima's public access TV channel and airs on Charter cable channel 21. Y-PAC provides unedited local public affairs events and issues ranging from Upper Valley city council meetings to appearances by notable speakers. Y-PAC airs on Charter cable channel 22.

Related Organizations

  • Alliance for Community Media - ACM's mission is to promote civic engagement through community media.
    • Alliance for Community Media, Northwest Region - The Alliance for Community Media Northwest Region represents public, educational and governmental (PEG) cable TV access organizations, community media centers, and access producers throughout Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • GATV Institute - The institute's mission is to promote Government Access Television to city communities through the use of television, the Internet, and other electronic media that, in turn, will encourage community spirit, educational progress, and local government support.
  • The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) - NATOA is a national association representing local government jurisdictions and consortiums, including elected and appointed officials and staff, who oversee communications, broadband and technology

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