America’s Channels

For over 40 years, Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access channels have been America’s Channels.

We feature voices and perspectives of everyday Americans in big cities and small towns in all 50 states.

We support educational opportunities from school districts and colleges across the nation.

We give citizens and residents the ability to engage and oversee their local governments.

And we give local government the ability to reach the public in times of emergency and need.

Our channels are enshrined in the 1984 Cable Communications Act, which Congress set up to recognize local communities right to control their public rights-of-way and receive compensation and channels in return for a cable company’s license to use that public property.

As a result of the Act, thousands of local channels have been set up across the country: from Maui to Maine.  What unites each of those very different channels?  We are all devoted to the local information needs of local communities.

We are by, for and about our communities.  

As technologies and audiences change, so too have America’s Channels.

Yes, we are on cable, but we also produce local content that’s streamed live on the Internet and on over-the-top and on demand platforms.

We produce audio programs for radio and podcasting.  And we are beginning to produce Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality programs that help our communities learn, grow and achieve.

What can you do to make sure every American community has this voice in future?