Mission Statement

The Jersey Access Group (JAG) is a professional organization that unites municipalities, access channels, non-profit organizations, and content providers in a mission to improve communications to their communities. JAG advises, advocates, and educates in the areas of technology, legislation, and regulation impacting multiple media platforms.

JAG actively analyzes and addresses emerging issues in areas such as:

Cable Franchising

  • Use and management of public rights-of-way
  • Franchise agreements and renewals
  • Regulation of rates and service standards
  • State franchising laws in lieu of local oversight

Operation of Public, Education and Government (PEG) Media Facilities

  • Maintain the integrity and professionalism of PEG organizations and facilities
  • Develop and maintain a program sharing platform
  • Identify funding and equipment donation sources
  • Assist with developing station operating procedures, production, staffing, and volunteers
  • Educate, inform, and promote community involvement
  • Provide advice related to the formation of new PEG stations
  • Identify and develop problem solving strategies

Local Government Communications and Internet Policy

  • Social Media strategies
  • Consumer protection and net neutrality
  • National Broadband Plan, access, and funding
  • Public safety spectrum
  • Public rights-of-way management and policies
  • Service to anchor institutions like city halls, police and fire stations, schools, libraries, universities, hospitals, county services, courts, and community centers.
  • Emergency alert systems
  • Local government networks including, wired, wireless, fiber and coaxial

New Technology Initiatives and Advancements

  • Developments in the telecommunication industry
  • Capital equipment purchases
  • Advocacy through local communications initiatives
  • Digital transition of PEG programming
  • Integration and best practices of multi-distribution platforms
  • Use of wireless networks
  • Converging technologies and the impact upon legislation