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ACM History

Information on PEG ACCESS in Albuquerque.

ACM's History

In the early 70s, there was a need identified nationally to offer everyday citizens access to putting their diverse ideas and diverse communities on television. The federal Cable Communications Policy Act (1984) authorizes local governments to require cable companies set aside channels for local use as a condition of the companies’ use of the public rights-of-way for their infrastructure (the “franchise authority”).  These are commonly referred to as PEG channels because they are dedicated to the local community’s use for public, educational and governmental purposes.

Public Access channels are available for use by the general public. The City of Albuquerque is committed to provide a vehicle for the airing of locally produced programming, created by a diverse variety of individuals, groups, and organizations within our community. This programming is non-commercial in nature, and the producer has full creative and editorial control.

For more information on the operations of the Public Access studio visit

Educational Access channels are used for productions designed to educate the public. Other programs on this channel include activities of schools or colleges, fully televised courses of instruction, and other programs of educational value to the community.

Government Access channels are used for government-related programming. GOV TV provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of government meetings each month, including the Albuquerque City Council, Bernalillo County Commission, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and the Police Oversight Commission. GOV TV staff produces shows about government news and events.

Moving Forward:

The Department of Arts & History has managed these PEG channels in the past and again welcomes the opportunity to carry out a new vision for truly achieving the mission of delivering diverse content to diverse audiences. The cable operator exercises little control over the content on these channels, which are used for a wide variety of programming, including but not limited to public meetings, delivery of instructional material, and student-produced television programs. Under the previous structure, only one entity was contracted to provide content for each channel. A recent restructuring of the administration and content submission process will allow multiple contractors to create and provide diverse, quality content to the channels. It’s a move that embraces equity and inclusion in our community. These changes will allow a wide-ranging lineup of programming to reach larger and more diverse audiences. The management and technical duties associated with the PEG channels will now be administered by GOV TV 16, the only local government access cable television channel in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, and a division of the Department of Arts & Culture.

The city is formalizing its efforts to build this new structure and new programs offering a permanent home for the voices in our community, as well as expand partnerships that will bring new educational and professional opportunities.