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Public Access Television - PEG Channels

This page provides information on public access channels in Washington State, including descriptions of channels in each county.


Overview

PEG channels are not mandated by federal law; rather, they are a right given to the franchising authority, which it may choose to exercise. If the franchise authority does require PEG channels, that requirement will be set out in the franchise agreement between the franchising authority and the cable operator.

Local governments authorizing cable television franchises may require cable operators to set aside channels for public, educational, or governmental (PEG) use. The channels are as follows:

  • 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. 

Examples of PEG-related policies

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, minimum production standards may be required, or users may be required to undergo training.

The following are examples of PEG-related policies for some Washington jurisdictions. 


 Examples of PEG Channels by County

The following is a sample of PEG channels available in jurisdictions across Washington State, sorted by county population size.

In Counties over 450,000 Population

Clark

  • Clark Co/Vancouver Television - 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. 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.
  • Fort Vancouver Public Television (FCTV) - FVTV Cable Channel 11 is a public access station reaching 80,000 households in Clark County. Its mission is to provide average residents the ability to showcase original video content on television. It offers training, equipment checkout, and playback.
  • Vancouver Educational Telecommunications Consortium (TV ETC) — Provided by Educational Service District 112,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.

King

  • 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 is operated through a partnership between the city and Bellevue College. The channel provides information to the public about local government, including live and recorded broadcasts of City Council and information about the State Legislature. It also provides information on arts, culture, and education, local community events, and special programming on issues of importance to Bellevue residents, businesses, and visitors.
  • Bothell BCTV — City of Bothell's government access cable channel is available to Comcast and Frontier customers within Bothell city limits on Channel 21/26.
  • Burien TBC21 — Burien's government channel distributes a variety of information about city government, its programs, services, and concerns. Its objective is 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’s website.
  • King County Television (KCTV) — KCTV is a government access channel and 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 Television — Kirkland has two government access channels that inform and involve citizens in government, civics, and community affairs. 
  • Issaquah ICTV — Issaquah government access channel (21) is a division of the Issaquah IT Department.
  • Mercer Island MI-TV Channel 21 — Broadcasts live City Council meetings and Mercer Island School Board meetings. 
  • 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 covers a variety of topics, including local government meetings, community events, land use updates, and other information of citizen interest. It also includes an information reader board and a quarterly program highlighting city services and programs.
  • Sammamish 21 TV — Can be viewed within city limits on both the Comcast and Millennium cable systems. On Comcast, city programming can be seen on Channel 21; On Millennium, the programming is on Channel 61.
  • Seattle Channel — Presents programs on cable television (channel 21 on Comcast and Wave) and the Internet to help citizens connect with the city. Programming includes ongoing coverage and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of the city. The website offers streaming video worldwide and includes an archive that features video-on-demand for all programs.

Pierce

  • Pierce County TV (PCTV) — Creates and manages government access programming for the cities, towns, and unincorporated areas of Pierce County. PCTV is overseen by the Rainier Communications Commission (RCC) and produces programming for seven members: DuPont, Fife, Orting, Pierce County, Puyallup, Sumner, and University Place.
  • 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 it is 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 — 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.

Snohomish

  • Everett TV (EVTV) — 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

  • Spokane CityCable 5 — Found on Comcast Cable Channel 5, CityCable5 is a service of the city's Communications Department. It provides live televised coverage of the Spokane City Council and other public meetings and produces a variety of original programming showcasing city events and activities.

In Counties with 151,000-450,000 Population

Kitsap

  • Bremerton/Kitsap Co Access TV (BKAT) — BKAT is the channel for all public, educational, and government programming in Kitsap County. It can be found on Comcast Channel 12 and WAVE Broadband Channel 3.

Whatcom

  • Bellingham TV 10 (BTV10) — Provides information about the city and other public agencies to the greater Bellingham community. BTV10 is viewable in the greater Bellingham area on Comcast Channel 10 and on the city’s website.

Yakima

  • MidValley Television (MVTV) — Owned and operated by the cities of Wapato, Toppenish, Zillah, and Granger as a public cable access facility, MVTV broadcasts the public and educational channel on Charter Digital Cable on channel 192 and MidValley Public Affairs Cable (M-PACT) is broadcast on Charter Digital Cable Channel 194. 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 192. 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 194.

In Counties with 50,000-150,000 Population

Franklin

  • Pasco City Television (PSC-TV) — Provides programming 24-hours a day, 7 days a week on Channel 191. Broadcasts over 75 public meetings with live, gavel-to-gavel coverage each year. 

Skagit

  • Skagit 21 — Skagit21 can be seen on Comcast Cable Channel 21 in the greater Skagit Valley viewing area.

In Counties under 50,000 Population

Cowlitz

  • Kelso-Longview TV (KLTV) — KLTV was created to administer the use of public, education, and government channels to the citizens of Cowlitz County. Airs on Channel 11, 28, 29.

Jefferson

  • Port Townsend TV (PTTV) — Operates in the city of Port Townsend and broadcasts 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 98 is the education and government channel.

Kittitas

  • Ellensburg Community Television (ECTV) — ECTV is a branch of the city of Ellensburg but is administrated by Multimedia Technology and Instructional Support. ECTV facilities are located on the campus of Central Washington University.  The Ellensburg Cable Commission acts as the governing body for the ECTV.

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Last Modified: October 11, 2017