Legislative Update December 2023: News from Washington DC

by Dave Garb, Legislative Committee Chair

Closed Captioning / ADA Requirements

Where it Currently Stands for PEG

Recently, there has been concern regarding the Closed Captioning of PEG programming, and if the PEG community will be mandated to offer captioning.

Our partners at the Alliance for Community Media have some thoughts to ponder about where things currently stand on this issue.

President’s Message: December 2023 Another Year is Over…..But The Work Never Ends

by Bob Duthaler

Hard to believe that yet another year is coming to a close.  It’s been a busy year for JAG on both the legislative and operational ends.  For me it also signifies the fact that my 15th year as JAG President is also coming to an end.  However, I choose to look at all this as a new beginning.  The beginning of a new year for JAG, the beginning of the twenty-fourth year of JAG’s existence and the beginning of the reorganization of the JAG board at the upcoming Trustee Meeting in January.

Spotlight: Newark – Quality Content at Newark 78

by Gary Campbell, Station Manager/Producer, Newark TV

In today’s competitive television, cable and streaming market, government-access television Newark TV-78 is producing high quality content for the largest city in New Jersey–Newark.  Newark continues to shine in public safety, affordable housing, the arts, equitable growth and empowering residents.  Mayor Ras Baraka says that in 2023 we are finally experiencing the Newark Renaissance that has been in motion for over fifty years, and TV78 has been there to help the city achieve its goals.  

Legislative Update November 2023: News from Washington DC

by Dave Garb, Legislative Committee Chair

Senate confirms Anna Gomez to FCC


Universal Service Fund – Latest Update 

On January 19th, the 5th Circuit Appellate Court tried to decide if it should toss out a ruling that upholds the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund.  The judges expressed their objections about the constitutionality of the practice of using an outside company to collect fees for the telecom assistance programs.

ENCO Systems- Continuous Access Realtime Translation

by Bill Bennett, Media Solutions & Accounts Manager

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Your municipality’s broadcasts are key to informing your residents about what matters in their community, and ENCO has products that make your content more accessible to a broader audience with economical, automated Closed Captions and in-room CART displays.  We can also help make your productions and playout more reliable via our acquisition of RUSHWORKS, a world-class computer-based video production and playout maker.  All this is available via a single, consolidated package with unified US-based support.

President’s Message: November 2023 Holiday Wish List

by Bob Duthaler

It is now officially the start of the Holiday Season, starting with Thanksgiving just ending.  This also means there are just slightly more than 30 days until the new year starts.  Every year at my house, the kids get ready to celebrate Christmas and they start working on their Christmas List, although as they get older the gifts become more expensive!  The same can be said for running your station or JAG as an organization.