Long Beach, CA
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File #: 22-1097    Version: 1 Name: TI - Public, Education, and Government (PEG) fee
Type: Contract Status: CCIS
File created: 8/25/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/13/2022 Final action: 9/13/2022
Title: Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to allocate Public, Education, and Government (PEG) fee revenue equally among these three categories of cable access providers, each receiving one-third of the total available revenue; and Increase appropriations in the General Services Fund Group in the Technology and Innovation Department by $819,255, offset by PEG fee revenue. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Technology and Innovation
Attachments: 1. 091322-C-16sr
TITLE
Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to allocate Public, Education, and Government (PEG) fee revenue equally among these three categories of cable access providers, each receiving one-third of the total available revenue; and

Increase appropriations in the General Services Fund Group in the Technology and Innovation Department by $819,255, offset by PEG fee revenue. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
The enactment of the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 (DIVCA) marked a change in the regulation of video service providers in California. DIVCA replaced the local franchising process with a State process under the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Changes in DIVCA included the creation of a PEG fee to be permitted under the federal Communications Act, while at the same time eliminating the requirement that local cable operators provide Cable Access facilities and support. DIVCA states that video franchises issued by the CPUC are for a ten-year term.

In 2007, the City Council adopted an Ordinance (ORD-07-0041) setting the City of Long Beach’s (City) PEG fee at 1.04 percent of the cable providers’ gross revenue. Since the ten-year term of video franchises expired, a reauthorization to collect this PEG fee was required. On August 14, 2018, the City Council adopted an Ordinance (ORD-18-0021) reauthorizing the City’s existing PEG fee for public, education, and government channel facilities, collected from State-issued video franchise holders operating in Long Beach. Under the federal Communications Act, the fee is required to be used to support PEG channel facilities and is restricted to be used for spending on capital items only. The fees cannot be used for operational expenses such as staffing, or any other reoccurring costs. If PEG funding is used for any activity other than purchasing capital items for PEG access facilities, the local cable/video providers may deduct that amount from franchise fee ...

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