Facts & Stats

The following information has been drawn from the PEG Access annual report that each Community Media Access Center (CMAC) is required to file under State regulation. In addition, because every cable operator (except for the very smallest) is ultimately responsible for providing PEG Access, they are required to file their own Annual Report with the State as well.  The following statistics are as of 2017.

  • Municipalities Served: 175 towns, villages and cities (representing 85% of Vermont’s population; all but about 81 of our most rural towns)
  • # of CMACs: 25 (all but one has public production facilities)
  • # of PEG Channels: 66, 57 of which are in Standard Definition and 9 in High Definition (many CMACs program multiple channels)
  • Budget Range: from about $32,000 (Hardwick) to about $900,000 (Rutland)
  • Total annual cable operator funding: $8,100,000 (Aggregate, from four operators)
  • People:
    • Fulltime staff: 48
    • Part-time staff: 54
    • Contractors: 24
    • Volunteers: 951
    • Volunteer hours: 24,407
  • New, original Programming produced annually:
    • Number of locally-produced: nearly 16,000 (43 programs each day)
    • Hours of locally-produced: 18,000 (equivalent to 49 hours/day, 365 days/year)

Each CMAC is required to file its PEG Access Annual Report within 120 days of the close of its fiscal year, and one reason is so that its cable operator can integrate some of that data into its own Annual Report, but also it is to assure the cable operator and the State that the CMAC is meeting or exceeding its obligations as an Access Management Organization (AMO) as designated by the cable operator under the operator’s certificate of public good (CPG).

Recipients of the PEG Access Annual Reports are:  the Vermont Public Utility Commission, the Vermont Public Service Department, the cable operator and the Vermont Access Network. Some CMACs also publish reports to their members and communities in booklet form that are easy to read and understand for their interesting anecdotes, how their money came in was spent, and summaries of community impacts.