What is public access television?

    Public Access Television is traditionally a form of non-commercial mass media where the general public can create content television programming that is narrowcast through cable TV specialty channels.

    Public Access Television was created in the United States between 1969 and 1971 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Public Access Television is often grouped with public, educational, and government access television channels, under the acronym PEG. PEG channels are on cable television systems.

    Who funds public access television?

    In Longmont, as part of the franchise agreement with Comcast that gave them the ability to use the community’s right-of-way for their cable wires, they pay a fee to the City, in addition to PEG fees charged to every subscriber. PEG fees can only fund capital expenses (stuff, not people) and are granted to our current Public Access TV provider in addition to 25% of the franchise fees (about $165,000) that can be used for operating expenses (people and stuff).

    Who is the current provider of public access television in Longmont?

    The current provider is the Longmont Cable Trust.

    Can I watch Longmont Channel shows online?

    Yes! They can be viewed on the Longmont Channel's website.