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  • Monday, June 06, 2016 3:43 PM | Website Administrator (Administrator)

    The NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR) now has the Cable PEG Channel Certification forms posted.

    Forms must be returned to the NCDOR by JULY 15, 2016

    Find links to the form and instructions below.

    Form TR-PEG for 2016 applications may be downloaded here     
    2016 TR-PEG FORM

     Instructions for completing the form can be found at:                                  2016 TR-PEG Instructions

  • Friday, February 26, 2016 6:45 AM | Website Administrator (Administrator)

    February 18th, the FCC adopted a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to “begin a conversation on the state of independent and diverse programming, and to assess how the Commission or others could foster greater consumer choice and enhance diversity in the evolving video marketplace by eliminating or reducing any barriers faced by independent programmers in reaching viewers.” 

    A copy of the NOI is available via this link: FCC NOI

    As part of the NOI, the FCC states it is also “interested in addressing challenges faced by a specific type of independent programmers – namely, public, educational, and governmental (PEG) channels – with respect to MVPD carriage.” 

    Opening comments in the proceeding (MB Docket No. 16-41) will be due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

    This is a topic of vital interest to SEATOA’S PEG operators and it is your opportunity to provide your input into comments that we will be drafting.  Send your comments to seatoa@carolina.rr.com

  • Monday, June 29, 2015 4:58 AM | Website Administrator (Administrator)

    U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) have re-introduced the revised Community Access Preservation Act (the CAP Act) in Congress.  This year's CAP Act includes two new provisions.  One is the ability to get High Definition or advanced technology channels and the other is the ability to have PEG programming on the cable operator’s Electronic Program Guide!  The text of the revised version of this bill is available at this link

    S.1244 - Community Access Preservation Act

    SEATOA is proud to have been a part of the consortium of interested groups who joined with American Community Television (ACT) in their efforts to re-introduce this legislation.  And SEATOA awarded this year’s Legislator-of-the-Year Advocacy Awards to Senators Baldwin and Markey to thank them for their continued efforts in attempts to pass this important legislation.

    Community Access agencies need to get their users involved.  Whether it's the police department, the fire department, educational organizations, nonprofits, religious groups or individuals, we need to have the people who use Public-Educational-Government (PEG) access channels to call their Congressional Representatives and let them know they support PEG access television
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    B
    ut this is just the beginning!  Now we need everyone to contact their Representatives and ask them to support the CAP Act – S. 1244.    You can simply pick up the phone and call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Talking points on this legislation are available on ACT’s website via this link

    CAP Act Talking Points

    Be sure to let SEATOA know about any contacts you make – send this information to: 
    seatoa@carolina.rr.com 
  • Monday, June 29, 2015 4:00 AM | Website Administrator (Administrator)

    SEATOA participated with other partners in re-introduction of the CAP Act in the US Congress;

    SEATOA participated with American Community Television (ACT) in filing comments relating to the Comcast merger issues;

    SEATOA participated with ACT on filing whitepaper regarding important need for continued support of public, educational and government community programming;

    SEATOA assisted communities in securing strategic planning materials related to establishing and operating community access channels;

    SEATOA PEG Chairman, John Rocco, met with representatives from the government of Thailand, sponsored by the Charlotte International House, to learn about PEG Access operations in the United States.

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