Public Access Channels are in a stew, but where’s the beef? Special interest groups claim the burger will disappear; but SBC and Verizon say they just want a spot on the grill.
The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) is distributing emails claiming the demise of PEG (Public, Education, & Government) channels. SBC and Verizon have help generate several bills to nationalize or move local franchise control to states. There’s good and bad, but no obvious Armageddon.
The actual text of the all these bills appear to show PEG filling our tummies from a franchise fee of 5% for some time. Below is a list of four bills, and sites on-line to find the full text. Search the bills for “franchise” and you will find the beef of the bill on PEG quickly.
This video uses actual text and professional information about video franchises and PEG. Howard Shapiro of Bennet and Bennet, and Bob Schaeffer of Technology Planners give details on the actual text of these bills. Marijo Howe of Verizon speaks at Supercomm.
Note: The best I can tell there is no PEG percentage of fee specified in these bills.. This may be the real issue for ACM - local control of how fee is spent is not mandated - but I'm not sure.
Senate Bill 21
US Senate Bill 1349
U.S. House Bill 3146
U.S. Senate Bill 1504