LucieLinks, a weekly on line media newsletter, a communication source provided as a part of the St. Lucie County School District to provide parents and the community at large of the activities and events taking place in American schools today on the Treasure Coast. This information is on Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels.
In its most recent publication, LucieLinks provided the information that all subscribers to AT&T U-verse service in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Palm Beach counties can now view programming on the St. Lucie Education Channel, WLX-TV. This advancement adds thousands of viewers to the school district programming to those already watching on Comcast Channels 13, 19 and Hometown Cable 19 covering St. Lucie County. Connectivity to the AT&T network utilizes V-Brick technology that has been in place in the school district for five years through Media Services; there is no cost to the school district to be added to the AT&T U-verse lineup.
St. Lucie Public Schools joins the Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels for Indian River County Schools, the cities of Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach, and Martin and St. Lucie counties on the channel. To view WLX-TV programming, AT&T U-verse subscribers should tune to channel 99, press OK on the remote. Then, look for and navigate to St. Lucie County Community Channels, click OK, then look for WLX-TV and press OK.
Why is this information important? Because ‘everyday’ people that work daily under numerous varying conditions (some unfair with no justification), to provide a hopefully pleasant life style for themselves and especially for their families, knowing about what is happening (we all basically believe that knowledge is power) in our communities is the best offense and defense for living in a society with millions (worldwide billions) of individuals that opinions and ideas matter, but with so many, a presence of compromise must be in order for us to co-exist productively and in peace. Knowledge helps to bring about understanding and appreciation of each other.
The following is some information regarding public, educational, and government access television that by peeping in from time to time to see and hear what the officials we elect are doing to represent us, activities we can attend and be a part of in our communities, and of course what is being proposed and carried out in our schools.
General information about public, educational, and government access television:
Public, educational, and government access television, (also PEG-TV, PEG channel, PEGA, Local-access television) refers to three different cable television narrowcasting and specialty channels. Public-access television was created in the United States between 1969 and 1971 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and has since been mandated under the Cable Communications Act of 1984, which is codified under 47 USC § 531.
1. Public-access television: is generally quite free of editorial control, a form of non-commercial mass media where ordinary people can create television programming content which is cablecast through a cable TV systems. The channels are reserved for free or at a minimal cost. The local origination television content revolves primarily around community interest, developed by individuals and nonprofit organizations.
2. Educational-access television: Is Distance education, a curated form of Educational television, it is a synchronous learning Educational technology unique to cable television systems and transmit Instructional television programming within city limits. Educational-access channels are generally reserved for educational purposes and are not for or Government-access or Public-access television. Many schools have adapted Educational Access channels to enhance school curriculum. Some schools have done this better than others. Although the use of television in schools can be traced to those schools serving the bedroom communities of Manhattan in the 1960s, where executives and technicians of early television lived, the creation of PEG channels expanded the value of television as a school/community resource. Students produced and aired community stories in part to serve community stakeholders and in part to engage in active learning. These schools developed school-based community television as a storytelling laboratory.
3. Government-access television: Is cable channel capacity for the local government bodies and other legislative entities to access the cable systems to televise public affairs and other civic meetings. Government channels are generally reserved for government purposes and not for Education-access or Public-access television.
REF: LucieLinks, June 30, 2013, “A newsletter of good things happening in the St. Lucie Public Schools”