Public, Educational, and Government stations (PEG) are the local cable channels where you’ll see programming like city council meetings, school board meetings, and county planning & zoning meetings – although, it’s not just limited to this content. Whatever the programming may be, PEG channels are always under close watch per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 accessibility regulations.
Closed captioning rules for PEG stations fall under the same closed captioning rules for all television stations, with one other consideration: the Americans with Disabilities Act. Operators of PEG channels are obligated to adhere to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA. PEG stations with budgets tied into their local governments’ overall budget – PEGs are considered a “Title II” entity, defined as a state or local government body under the ADA – are required to provide services to accommodate persons with disabilities, regardless of the FCC exemptions.
The Federal Communications Commission’s Rules on PEG channels can be found here.
PEG channels are vital resources for residents across the country. These stations connect Americans to their communities and promote civic engagement on the local issues and activities that affect their lives. With 48 million Americans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, being able to access local PEG programming can be considered a fundamental right of American citizenship.
The benefits of providing captioning for this audience are undeniable.
We know that our captioning can only be as good as those who create them. That's why we have spent years growing a team of highly trained, experienced captioners with the largest known dictionaries in the industry, always choosing the best captioner for your particular program genre. Although we guarantee our captioners to write 200 words a minute with 98% accuracy or higher, our captioners can type from around 250 to 300+ words per minute. You'll find our live writers to always be on time, reliable, and never missing a millisecond of your programming.