Congressional Research report details challenges facing PEG channels

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Public, educational and government (PEG) channels are facing numerous financial, policy and technological obstacles, according to a new Congressional Research Service report. “The study lays out what we have been saying all along,” said John Rocco, president of American Community Television (ACT), tells Broadcasting & Cable. “PEG access television has been under attack and is in desperate need of a Congressional fix.”

The report also references the Community Access Preservation Act (CAP Act, HR 1746), backed by ACT and introduced by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). The bill, opposed by cable operators, would allow jurisdictions to require cable companies to provide at least 2 percent of gross cable revenues in PEG support and would prevent charging subscribers for digital to receive PEG channels migrated from analog tiers.