More About Public Access Television
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) description of public access channels and the rights of local franchising authorities (cities and towns) to require cable operators provide public access to channels on the cable outlets.
A nonprofit, national membership organization founded in 1976, the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) represents over 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access organizations and community media centers throughout the country. ACM also represents the interests of millions of people who, through their local, religious, community and charitable groups, use PEG Access to communicate with their members and the community as a whole.
Started in 1990 as the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alliance for Community Media, MassAccess has been instrumental in linking access centers and individuals involved in public, education and government access for the past decade. This statewide organization functions as a grassroots arm of the Alliance for Community Media, which is an international organization that promotes and protects access throughout the world.