Congressional Hearing Highlights PEG Access
Subcommittee Members Call Industry to Task
On January 29, 2008, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing of its Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet entitled, "Public Education, and Governmental (PEG) Services in the digital TV age."
Testifying at the hearing were the Mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, Annie Folger of Midpeninsula Community Media Center in Palo Alto, California, and representatives of Comcast and AT&T.
Annie Folger itemized the harms that PEG centers are encountering from bad state laws and other problems.
Rep. Charles Gonzales, a Democrat from AT&T's hometown of San Antonio, Texas, said, "The real question comes down to is this a technological challenge or is it really a business decision?"
Annie Folger strongly countered that AT&T has made the business decision to install PEG at a quality standard that is sub par and not equivalent to commercial channels.
For testimony on PEG from the Telecom Subcommittee hearing, click here.