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Cable Franchise Authority

What's your vision for local programming in Kitsap County?

Kitsap County is conducting public meetings to collect your opinions, comments and vision for local access television in Kitsap County.  The County is in the process of renewing cable franchise agreements with Comcast and Wave Broadband.

We invite county residents, parents, educators, community groups, youth, elected officials, faith groups, media, cultural and arts organizations, nonprofits, businesses and local government staff to participate in specialized focused groups in October.  These groups help identify needs, and help shape the future of community access television.  The focus group meetings have facilitated discussion and light refreshments are served.  

Please feel free to attend any session that best fits your schedule.  Sign Up to Attend a Focus Group Meeting

             Oct 24 in PO Oct 25 in Silverdale

Other Information Pertinent to the Renewal Process

Needs Assessment and Work Plan

Franchise Renewal FAQ Washington State 2016

Statutory Requirements for Renewal Process

Information about the focus groups, including how to reserve your spot now, are available online

Core Values of PEG Access

1.  Localism: Supports local viewpoints, local perspectives, and the interests of local communities. Most mainstream media programming is intended for national audiences and does not reflect the rich diversity of American community life.

2.  Diversity of Viewpoints-Participatory: Local communities must be able to make and air media that reflects local experiences.  Our society is founded on a belief in freedom of expression and free speech.

3.  Promote Dialogue and Discussion:  Democracy works best when a wide array of voices and opinions can be seen and heard.  The airing of opinions creates an opportunity for dialogue around issues and concerns that people and the community must address.

4.  Media Literacy:  A basic tenant of civil society is that the lives of all members of the community are important, and all members of society should be able to represent themselves in the media.  In order to represent themselves they need access to the electronic media tools to create content, the training to use the tools, and the mechanism(s) to distribute community content.

5.  Non-commercial: PEG access is an essential component in our public media ‘greenspace’ where, like a public park, we can reflect on who we are without the interference of commercial values.

6.  Civic Engagement: Many of the decisions that most affect our lives are made at the local level by city councils, school boards, mayors, and so on. PEG access keeps the public informed about local government elections, about health services, about public housing, and about other important local political and economic development activities.

7.  Education: Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access plays an important role in our educational system. It provides a distribution medium for use by schools, libraries and colleges; and it is especially important for education in low income and rural communities.

8.  Public Safety: In many areas PEG access channels provide for emergency information and community alerts.

9.  Electronic Greenspace: All communication service providers using the public right-of-way or public airwaves should provide bandwidth and funding for PEG access.

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