Rules, Policies and Procedures
RulesPEG Access Privilege Suspension Guidelines
Altice USA reserves the right to impose the following penalties for the rule/operating procedure violations set forth below. Please understand that these are guidelines only and the unique facts and circumstances of each particular violation will be carefully reviewed with a view toward evenhandedness and the facilitation of the fair and equitable use of public access.
Please note: Rules on this page pertain only to public access users in former Atice USA areas.
|Violation of Altice USA Public, Educational, Governmental, Access Rules||1st Violation||2nd Violation||3rd Violation|
|Obscene||Written warning and tape will be pulled prior to airing Altice USA|
|Commercial Matter, Commercial or Non-Political Fundraising, including Political Solicitation of Names||Written warning and tape will be pulled prior to airing or after first airing, as applicable, in Altice USA’s discretion|
|Failure to submit program for scheduled time period||Written Warning||Maximum of 1 week suspension of privileges||Maximum of 2 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Unqualified Use of Equipment||Written Warning||Maximum of 1 week suspension of privileges||Maximum of 2 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Unauthorized Use of Facilities||Written Warning||Maximum of 1 week suspension of privileges||Maximum of 2 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Damage to Equipment or Facilities||Written Warning & Reimbursement for Damages||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges and reimbursement for damages||Permanent loss of privileges and remimbursement for damages|
|Violation of Federal, State, or local laws, rules, or regulations, including theft, possession / use of drugs or alcohol, and possession of weapons||Penalty may range from temporary to permanent loss of privileges at Altice USA’s discretion.|
|Other Violations, including physical or verbal abuse or harassment of Altice USA personnel||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 wks.suspension of privileges||Maximum of permanent loss of privileges|
|Failure to adhere to specific operating procedures|
|Reserving Time||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges||Maximum of 6 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Editing Facilities||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges||Maximum of 6 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Studio Facilities||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges||Maximum of 6 weeks suspension of privileges|
|EFP Packages||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges||Maximum of 6 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Falsification of Records||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges||Maximum of 6 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Smoking, eating, or drinking in undesignated areas||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges||Maximum of 6 weeks suspension of privileges|
|Other Violations||Written warning and up to a maximum of 2 wks. suspension of privileges||Maximum of 4 weeks suspension of privileges||Maximum of 6 weeks suspension of privileges|
Purpose of the Rules
The rules and regulations set forth herein below shall govern the availability and use of the Public, Educational, and Government Access Channels and facilities administered and provided by Altice USA.
- “Access Channel” – That cable channel or channels or portions thereof which is or are specially designated by Altice USA for the presentation of Access Programming by a person who is a resident of, or a group or organization which operates within, Altice USA’s Service Area, as defined in Section 2(o) below.
- “Access User”– Any person who makes proper application for and presents Access Programming over the Public, Educational, or Governmental Access Channel.
- “Access Programming” – Analog video and audio material provided by an Access User on the Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Channel(s), which programming concerns matters of interest to and/or is about Altice USA’s Service Area.
- “Applicant” – Any (i) person who is eligible for Public Access and is at least 18 years of age residing in, or a group or organization which operates within, Altice USA’s Service Area, (ii) entity which is eligible for Educational Access such as a school district or not-for-profit educational institution chartered or licensed by a State Department of Education, or (iii) entity which is eligible for Governmental Access, such as a municipal, county or state government or an agency thereof which has properly applied for use of an Access Channel or Production Facilities. The Applicant shall be responsible for executing and abiding by all of the terms of the Access User Application and Contract and additionally shall abide by Altice USA’s Public, Educational and Governmental Access Rules and Policies and Procedures.
- “Cablecasting” – The distribution of programming (exclusive of broadcast signals) over Altice USA’s cable television system.
- “Educational Access Channel” – That cable channel which is designated by Altice USA for the presentation of Access Programming by school districts or educational institutions chartered or licensed by the State Department of Education.
- “Facility User” – Any Applicant who makes proper application for and uses Altice USA’s Production Facilities, as applicable.
- “Governmental Access Channel”– That cable channel which is designated by Altice USA for the presentation of Access Programming by a municipal, county, or state government or an agency thereof.
- “Indecent Material” – Any material in a program and/or presentation which would be defined as “programming that the cable operator reasonably believes is lewd, lascivious or filthy- or describes or depicts sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards” in accordance with The Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
- “Lottery” – Any device, scheme, plan, promotion, contest or other program and/or presentation which involves directly or indirectly the elements of prize, chance and consideration, or any such device, scheme, plan, promotion, contest or other program and/or presentation which is, has been or may be declared a lottery under applicable local, state or Federal law.
- “Lottery Information” – Any advertising or information concerning any Lottery as defined in Paragraph 2(j) or any list drawn or awarded by means of any Lottery, whether said list contains any part or all of such prizes.
- “Obscene Material” – Any material in a program and/or presentation which would subject the producer, supplier thereof and/or Altice USA to prosecution or penalty under local, state or Federal law for the production or presentation of obscene material.
- “Production Facilities” – Altice USA’s designated production equipment.
- “Qualified Production Facility User” – A person who has been certified by Altice USA after successfully passing a competency exam measuring Applicant’s understanding of the use of the specific Altice USA Production Facilities which such person shall be utilizing.
- “Service Area” – The geographic area to which Altice USA provides a discrete Access Channel as more specifically set forth on the Altice USA Service Area Exhibit available at http://www.alticeusa.com/access-programming/ or upon request, which Exhibit will be deemed automatically amended by Altice USA in the event of an acquisition or divestiture during the term of any use of a Altice USA Access Channel or Access Facility. Depending upon the specific system’s design and architecture, the Service Area might be the entire area served by a headend or a region served by a node or sub-headend or can be limited to one or more political subdivisions.
Rules Governing Access Channel
A person residing in, or a group or organization that operates within Altice USA’s Service Area is eligible to use the Public Access Channel(s) for Access Programming (see definition of “Applicant”) on a first-come, first-served, non-discriminatory basis. A request for use shall be made by filing an Application, available at http://www.alticeusa.com/access-programming/ or upon request, and is subject to the availability of the Public Access Channel at the time and for the duration requested. Altice USA may, in its reasonable discretion, permit other persons, groups or organizations to utilize the Public Access Channel, when not otherwise being utilized. In determining whether a person is a resident of a particular Altice USA Service Area, Altice USA shall reasonably review such person’s address and permanent place of domicile (as evidenced by a driver’s license, state ID card, utility bill, which includes electric, gas, water, cable or land line phone, tax bill and/or Non-Profit tax-exempt document 501 ( c ) 3 . A box number is not acceptable.). In determining whether an organization or group operates within Altice USA’s Service Area, Altice USA will look to factors such as the organization’s business address, as well as where it promotes that its services are available.
A program produced by a person who does not live within Altice USA’s Service Area is eligible for cablecasting on a Altice USA Access Channel if a resident of the Altice USA Service Area sponsors the program and assumes all obligations hereunder by becoming an Applicant. Altice USA deals exclusively with Applicants.
- A bona fide educational institution, chartered or licensed by the State Department of Education and located within Altice USA’s Service Area, is eligible to use the Educational Access Channel(s) for Access Programming on a first-come, first-serve, non-discriminatory basis. A request for use shall be made by filing an Application and is subject to the availability of the Educational Access Channel at the time and for the duration requested. Altice USA may, in its reasonable discretion, permit other bona fide educational institutions, organizations or authorities to utilize the Educational Access Channel.
- A bona fide governmental body located within, or an elected official who represents all or a portion of, Altice USA’s Service Area is eligible to use the Governmental Access Channel(s) for Access Programming on a first-come, first-served, non-discriminatory basis. A request for use shall be made by filing an Application and is subject to the availability of the Governmental Access Channel at the time and for the duration requested.
- As more fully described in the Altice USA Access Program and Production Facilities Policies and Procedures available at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/policies.jsp or upon request, any audio or visual material which promotes or is designed to present a commercial transaction or is designed for non-political or commercial fundraising is prohibited in connection with any Access Programming. Any Access Programming which contains material designed to elicit a response or any other solicitation of names or addresses which may be used for future non-political or commercial fund raising activities may be rejected by Altice USA in its reasonable discretion. Notwithstanding the above, “credit” type notices announcing the source of funding (if any) for the production of the program shall not be interpreted so as to make a program a prohibited “commercial use” and thus are permitted to be shown at the beginning or the end of the program.
- No program, production or presentation shall be cablecast or permitted to be cablecast on the Public, Educational, or Governmental Access Channel(s) which involves directly or indirectly any Lottery information or which involves a Lottery, gift, contest, enterprise or similar scheme.
- No program, production or presentation shall be cablecast or permitted to be cablecast on the Public, Educational, or Governmental Access Channel(s) which involves any Obscene Material or other unprotected speech.
- If, in Altice USA’s reasonable discretion, any program, production or presentation contains Indecent Material, Altice USA shall notify the Applicant. Altice USA encourages that all Indecent Material be aired after 10:00 p.m.
- In the event Altice USA believes that a program submitted contains material proscribed pursuant to Federal, state, or local laws, rules, or regulations or pursuant to Paragraphs 4(d), (e) and/or (f), Altice USA shall notify the Applicant, who may either edit the program to eliminate the offending material or withdraw the program. Altice USA will not edit any program.
- Eligibility for any program to be cablecast using a Altice USA Access Channel is subject to reasonable review by Altice USA. Altice USA shall be under no obligation to cablecast any Access Programming which it reasonably believes to be in violation of Paragraph 4(d), (e), (f), or (h), or for which Altice USA reasonably determines the Applicant is ineligible. Applicants will be afforded the opportunity to appeal any such decision of Altice USA by contacting Altice USA’s Local Access Coordinator, Access Supervisor, Area Manager, or Corporate Local Program Manager by calling the appropriate telephone number listed at http://www.Altice USA.com/local/access.jsp.
- Altice USA reserves the right to include the Access Programming in its printed Television Guide listings but does not guarantee it will appear. All Access User promotion which refers to the channel, time, or Service Area where Access Programming is to be cablecast (including but not limited to radio, television, pamphlet, flyer, magazine or cable television programs) and which is used by Applicant to promote or publicize Access Programming or an appearance on Access Programming is subject to reasonable review and approval by Altice USA prior to its dissemination or publication.
- No Access Programming or promotional materials associated with the Access Programming may assert, either expressly or by implication, that the Access Programming is sponsored by or associated with Altice USA beyond simple notice that it is being presented on a Altice USA Access Channel. Access Users may not use the Altice USA logo, name, symbols, or other indicators of Altice USA sponsorship or association at any time without prior written consent of Altice USA.
- No employees, volunteers, or other persons associated with an Access User may represent at any time that they are employees or representatives of Altice USA.
- A city, town, or other local franchising authority may have or make additional rules governing Access Programming developed or presented in its franchise area. Access Users are required to comply with any such additional local rules, which will be made available on request.
Rules Governing Use of Altice USA’s Access Facilities
A person residing in, or a group or organization which operates within Altice USA’s Service Area and which meets the requirements of Paragraph 4(g) below, is eligible to use Altice USA’s Production Facilities located within the state where such Service Area is located. In determining whether a person is a resident of a particular Altice USA Service Area, Altice USA shall reasonably review such person’s address and permanent place of domicile (as evidenced by a driver’s license, state ID card, utility bill, which includes electric, gas, water, cable or land line phone, tax bill and/or Non-Profit tax-exempt document 501 ( c ) 3). A box number is not acceptable). In determining whether an organization or group operates within Altice USA’s Service Area, Altice USA will look to such evidence as the organization’s business address as well as where it promotes that its services or products are made available. Altice USA’s Production Facilities may only be used to produce Access Programming and such Access Programming must be presented on an Access Channel. A request for Production Facilities use shall be made by filling out the appropriate studio or equipment application, as available at http://www.Altice USA.com/local/access/forms.jsp or upon request, after an Access User Application has been executed. Production Facilities use is subject to availability of the Production Facilities at the time and for the duration requested. Altice USA may, in its reasonable discretion, permit other persons, groups or organizations to utilize Altice USA’s Production Facilities if not otherwise being used. In no event may Altice USA’s Production Facilities be utilized other than by Altice USA for the production of programming which presents a commercial transaction, seeks to raise funds or involves partisan political advocacy or campaigning of any kind (excluding, however, incidental appearances by politicians or political candidates in a news or talk show setting).
- At least fifteen (15) days in advance of the desired time and date of the use of the Production Facilities, an Applicant must submit a studio or equipment application, as applicable, copies of which are available at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/forms.jsp or upon request. Altice USA may waive the aforementioned fifteen (15) day period contained herein in the event such Production Facilities are available upon shorter notice.
- Production Facilities may be used for up to four (4) consecutive hours. Since Altice USA makes its Production Facilities available to the public, all persons using the Production Facilities must be courteous and respectful with regard to other members of the public who might be using the Production Facilities before or after the scheduled time. Facility Users must provide at least twenty-four (24) hours’ notice of cancellation of scheduled use of Production Facilities time and must use all reasonable effort to ensure not to exceed the scheduled time. Facility users causing disruption or inconvenience to Altice USA staff or other Facility Users, will be subject to penalties up to and including revocation of their Access User Contract and future use of Altice USA’s Production Facilities. If a request for use of Altice USA’s Production Facilities is granted and the scheduled time is not utilized, the Applicant will lose availability of the Production Facilities time. In the event that an Applicant requests multiple uses of the Production Facilities and the Applicant does not utilize its scheduled time, causing inconvenience or disruption to Altice USA or other Facility Users, the Applicant may be subject to appropriate loss of privileges in accordance with Altice USA’s penalty provisions.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must assume all legal and programming responsibility for the studio by executing Altice USA’s Access User Application and Contract. The Applicant will be responsible for the acts and omissions of all production crew members. No employees, volunteers, or other persons associated with a Facility User may represent at any time that they are employees or representatives of Altice USA.
- Altice USA shall make its Production Facilities available during its normal business hours (as clearly posted at each facility location), or at other times or on weekends by special arrangement. The equipment allocated for access use as well as such equipment’s availability shall be as so designated by Altice USA from time to time.
- Where available, designated portable Altice USA access equipment may be used by Qualified Production Facility Users on location, provided such Qualified Production Facility Users meet the conditions of in Paragraph 4(g), below, and provided further, that such Facility User agrees to be responsible for any damage to such equipment, reasonable wear and tear excluded. Equipment may not be used at locations or for purposes other than the production of Access Programming.
- Any Applicant must represent and warrant that all persons who will operate Altice USA’s Production Facilities are Qualified Production Facility Users who have successfully passed a Altice USA competency exam to use the Production Facilities to which they are assigned. A qualified Altice USA technical director shall oversee the use of the in-house Production Facilities by Applicant and Applicant’s personnel.
- Use of the Production Facilities must result in the production of Access Programming suitable for cablecast. All Production Facility usage is subject to these Rules, and any and all tampering with Production Facilities may result in cancellation of the Contract and the possible loss of future access privileges. Inordinate use that does not result in programming may lead to review and loss of privilege.
- Only program participants and persons involved in producing the Access Programming will be allowed access to Altice USA’s Production Facilities. To ensure adequate studio set up and configuration, facility applicants are asked to advise the staff at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of any non-standard programming format or equipment that will be required for the production of an Access Program.
- Access Users and/or guests may enter only those areas of Altice USA’s Production Facilities and office locations that are designated for Access use, in addition to those areas that are normally open to the public.
- Access Users and guests must comply with Altice USA’s guidelines with respect to their conduct while guests of Altice USA and shall conduct themselves in a civil and orderly fashion. Access Users are ultimately responsible for the conduct of all persons involved in the production of the Access Program and all guests.
- Access Users and guests may not engage in any physical or verbal abuse or harassment of any Altice USA employees, either at Altice USA’s Production Facilities or by telephone
- All Access Users shall be financially responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of any Production Facilities damaged by or while under the control of an Access User and/or an Access User’s production crew or guests.
Access Use Application and Contract
Application for use of the Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Channel(s) shall be submitted in writing and shall identify the proposed Access Channel user by name and address and specify and/or contain the following:
Name, address, and telephone number of the individual or organization making the request, and, if an organization, a representation that Applicant has the authority to sign on behalf of such organization;
- The Access Channel desired (public, educational, or governmental);
- The day or days for access cablecasting desired (and alternative days);
- The time segment desired (and alternative times) and duration of the cablecast;
- The technical format of the program;
- A statement that the Applicant has read the Access Rules and will comply therewith;
- A certification that the individual or organization making the request resides within or operates within Altice USA’s Service Area; and
- Such additional information as Altice USA may reasonably deem necessary.
- Altice USA will accept an application and access user contract presented at least 15 days prior to the proposed initial air date. If no prior request has been made for the time and date requested, the application may be submitted at least 72 hours prior to the proposed initial air date. However, in no case may an application be submitted more than 7 weeks prior to the next 52 week programming cycle. Altice USA reserves the right to periodically establish other application deadlines, with notice of those deadlines displayed on Altice USA’s Access Programming webpage at http://www.alticeusa.com/access-programming/. Programs will be scheduled for air upon approval of the application and subsequent receipt of program tape.
- Applicants who choose to produce their own programming and wish to use their own facilities should consult with Altice USA at the time of Application submission to determine whether their format is compatible with existing Altice USA equipment. After submission of the program, Altice USA shall reasonably determine if such presentation meets the Technical Specifications for Airing Tapes, (which are contained in the Altice USA PEG Access Policies and Procedures available at http://www.alticeusa.com/access-programming/ or upon request). Programming which does not meet Altice USA’s technical standards will be rejected. Altice USA shall not be under any obligation to obtain additional equipment to cablecast any Access Programming nor shall Altice USA be responsible for any damages for failure to so cablecast any such Access Programming.
- Applications and reserved channel times are not assignable or transferable.
- If an Applicant plans to use copyrighted material, the Applicant must obtain all appropriate rights and clearances for the use of such material. Altice USA reserves the right to request evidence of copyright rights and clearances, in its reasonable discretion.
- In the event that Altice USA reasonably believes that a program or presentation contains copyright infringing material, Altice USA reserves the right to refuse to carry or to continue carrying such program, presentation, or series, or portion thereof, which does not, comply with the provisions of these Rules or for which Altice USA reasonably believes, adequate rights to the material contained in the program and/or copyright clearances have not been obtained. However, permission to proceed with presentation of a program shall not be construed to mean that Altice USA has acknowledged or concluded that Applicant has secured all necessary rights and/or clearances or that Altice USA assumes any responsibility for such programming.
- Only persons 18 years of age or older shall be permitted to be Access Channel Users unless an adult assumes all legal responsibility for the program by executing Altice USA’s Access User Application and Contract. Additionally, all Applicants must have the parental permission of any minor appearing in Access Programming.
- As more fully described in the Altice USA Access Program and Production Facilities Policies and Procedures, Access Programming time is reserved on a first come, first serve, non-discriminatory basis for a maximum of fifty-two (52) weeks.
- Name, address, and telephone number of the individual or organization making the request, and, if an organization, a representation that Applicant has the authority to sign on behalf of such organization;
Public Inspection Altice USA shall maintain a complete record of the names and addresses of all persons, groups, organizations, or entities requesting access time. Such records will be maintained in the local office of Altice USA and will be available for public inspection during Altice USA’s normal business hours, or online, at Altice USA’s discretion.
- Persons requesting public inspection shall identify themselves by name and address.
- Access Channels will not be made available to any Applicant who refuses to have his identity maintained in the records and available for public inspection as required by this paragraph.
- All records of requests for Access Channels shall be maintained for a period of at least two (2) years.
Access User Liability
Altice USA does not exercise editorial control over the content of any program produced by an Access User. Applicants assume all responsibility as producer and/or originator of any of Applicant’s Programming cablecast on Altice USA’s cable system(s). Access Users who produce and/or cablecast Access Programming which violates federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations, or which infringe upon the rights of any person, corporation, partnership or entity, or constitute libel or slander, may be subject to criminal or civil penalties and shall be required to indemnify and hold Altice USA harmless from any such third party claims.
Violation of Rules
Violation of Access Rules by an Access User or guests of any Access User may subject the Access User to a temporary or permanent loss of access privileges.
In the event a question or dispute arises regarding the applicability or interpretation of these rules, such questions or disputes shall be initially directed to Altice USA’s Access Coordinator, Access Supervisor, or Area Manager. Further questions or disputes shall be referred to the Corporate Local Program Manager.
Applying For Access
Application for use of the Access Channels shall be in writing and shall be in the form of the Access User Application, which must be submitted at least fifteen (15) days (but not more than seven (7) weeks) in advance of the desired date and time of the proposed initial cablecast. At least fifteen (15) days in advance of the desired date and time of the cablecast, the Applicant must execute and file with Altice USA an Access User Contract. However, if no prior request has been made for the time and date requested, Altice USA may waive or reduce the aforementioned time periods. (As required by New York State Law, if no prior request has been made for the time and date requested, Altice USA will accept an Application, Access User Contract, and accompanying tape upon no less than seventy-two (72) hours notice.)
Please be sure that you have read and understand the Altice USA Public, Educational, and Government Access Rules.
Although Altice USA encourages all area residents to participate in the access experience, no person under 18 years of age may become an Access User or use the Altice USA Production Facilities.
Policies For Access Channel Use
Any person residing in, or group or organization operating within, the Altice USA Service Area, as listed, and making proper application may submit for telecast video and audio material for Access Programming.
Application for the telecast of programming produced outside of the Altice USA Service Area may be submitted and sponsored only by a person, group, organization or other entity residing in or serving the Altice USA Service Area. Altice USA shall deal only with such sponsor.
For scheduling purposes and in accordance with industry practice, recommended show length is 29 minutes. Special arrangements for other program lengths can be mutually arranged. Altice USA shall begin all programs on the hour and half hour only.
Altice USA is not responsible for tapes damaged during playback or lost or damaged during storage. For your safety and the safety of our equipment, please do not submit tape masters, tapes worn from multiple use, or tapes damaged by moisture, dirt or food.
Tapes are requested to be delivered five (5) business days before the requested telecast date and time. If a tape is not delivered at least seventy-two (72) hours before a requested telecast date and time, Altice USA may refuse to cablecast such tape. When the first tape is delivered, no more than four (4) tapes may be dropped off. Upon request, a receipt will be issued for each such tape. Although Altice USA shall take all reasonable care of a tape, Altice USA is not responsible for loss or damage to any such tape, or for return of any tape left in Altice USA’s custody beyond fourteen (14) days of the final cablecast. If you need to have your tape returned by mail, you must provide the packaging, postage and any receipt(s) issued to you by Altice USA.
Access Program Content:
Access Programming may not contain any audio or visual material which presents a commercial transaction. Nor may it contain a solicitation of funding or names and addresses that might later be used for non-political or commercial fundraising. Factors that Altice USA will review and consider, as a whole, in determining whether a program presents a commercial transaction, include, but are not limited to, whether the program:
- proposes the sale of goods or services;
- promotes a commercial enterprise or product;
- contains business addresses or logos;
- gives an address, phone number, or website to “call for more information” during the body of the program;
- posts a phone number or web address on the screen;
- suggests that a guest’s company is better than others in the field;
- lists the company of affiliation of a program guest multiple times as commercial promotion rather than credential;
- contains a “call to action” with regard to a commercial item or service; or
- contains a “900” or similar “pay” telephone number.
- If your program contains copyrighted material, please be certain that you have obtained all rights for the use of that material. You may be asked to furnish proof of that permission. Talent release forms should be signed by all people appearing on access programs.
Altice USA recommends that Applicant assign a rating to its Access Programming in accordance with the television industry’s parental guidelines based upon strong language, violence or mature subject matter that may be contained in Applicant’s Access Programming (such ratings are TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-MA). The TV ratings icon shall appear in the upper left corner of the TV screen for 15 seconds at the beginning of all rated programs and after each commercial break. News and sports programming is exempt from the ratings system; all other programs should be rated. A brief description of each such rating is set forth below:
- TV-Y:This program is designed to be appropriate for all children ages 2-6.
- TV-Y7:This program is designed for children ages 7 and above. Themes and elements in the program may include mild fantasy or comedic violence and may frighten children under 7.
- TV-G:This program is suitable for all ages, general audience. It contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.
- TV-PG:(Parental Guidance Suggested). This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. May contain one or more of the following: mild violence, some sexual situations, infrequent coarse language or some suggestive dialogue.
- TV-14:(Parents Strongly Cautioned). This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age. This program contains one or more of the following: intense violence, intense sexual situations, strong course language, or intensely suggestive dialogue.
- TV-MA:(Mature Audiences Only). This program is specifically designed for adults. It contains one or more of the following: graphic violence, explicit sexual activity or crude indecent language.
- In order to minimize the likelihood of exposing minors to Indecent Material, as that term is defined in Altice USA’s PEG Access Rules, Altice USA encourages Applicant to schedule programming containing content that might be considered indecent after 10:00 p.m. Further, if Applicant fails to rate its program, Altice USA reserves the right to assign an appropriate rating, in its reasonable discretion.
- Altice USA will not edit prohibited material from Access Programming.
- Copies of your program, dubbed by Altice USA staff, will be made for a fee of $25 per half-hour show.
Access Program Credits:
Access Programming may identify the source of support or funding for the production. Recommended access program funding and/or service credits include:
- On screen – Corporate or organization names may be printed to resemble the following examples:
“Funding provided by ____________________________.”
“Set facilities provided by _____________________________.”
- Voice over – An audio credit may state the following:
“This program was made possible by an underwriting grant from __________________.”
No further description of the company or organization or its products or location will be allowed.
- Funding provided by the credited corporation or organization must be used for equipment, goods, or services needed for the production of the access program and cannot be distributed as salaries to producer, director, crew, talent, or others, or their families, or used for any other purpose.
Reserving Public Access Channel Time
Access Programming time is reserved on a first-come, first-served, non-discriminatory basis for a maximum of fifty-two (52) weeks. Altice USA’s Annual Calendar consists of a fifty-two (52) week period, which runs as follows: October 1st – September 30th. The specific annual calendar for each year indicating the specific dates of each quarter shall be available upon request. In the event that proper application is made after the commencement of a session for the then-current session, an Access User may reserve the balance of the fifty-two (52) week period.
In order to ensure that all reserved timeslots will be used, Access Users are asked to reserve a time period only if they are certain that they will have a program ready in time to fill that timeslot.
Altice USA recommends that each edition of a program run a maximum of four times so that the access channels will present variety and maintain viewer interest.
In order to accommodate all Access Users, Altice USA reserves the right to limit each access producer to one program per contract period.
Technical Specifications For Airing Tapes
- Programming may be accepted on one or all of the formats listed in system-specific information available at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/regional_info.jsp or upon request.
- Programming must be recorded in U.S. NTSC video format and should be of good technical quality.
- Tapes should be dubbed down no further than 3rd generation.
- An unbroken and stable control track must exist throughout the entire program length, as well as at least thirty (30) seconds prior to the program start time.
- At least thirty (30) seconds of black should follow at the end of the program–no false endings.
- The head of the tape must contain thirty (30) seconds of control track, which may consist of bars, tone, slate or – at minimum – studio black.
- The 2 seconds of pre-roll just before the first video/audio must be studio black.
- Run time is the total length of the program material aired, beginning with the first audio/video and ending with the last audio/video. It does not include bars, black, slate or countdown preceding the show, but should include credits and/or public service announcements added to the end of the show.
- Do not leave “holes” in the middle of the program. The public access staff does not insert commercials or PSAs.
- Video level must not be too “hot”. (Over 100 units of video as measured on a video scope.)
- Audio level must not be overmodulated (too high) or too low, and should range between -8 db and 0 db.
- Only one program per tape is permitted. Multiple programs on a single tape cassette are not acceptable for cablecast.
- Tape jackets and the tape cassette both must be properly labeled by the producer with information about the program, including: 1) series name, 2) segment title and/or number, 3) cablecast date(s), 4) program length, and 5) in time.
Reserving Altice USA Production Facilities; Production Facilities Policies
- Altice USA’s Production Facilities are available only to Qualified Access Users currently working on Access Programming on file with the office, and only to work on said programming.
- Production Facilities are reserved by the Access Producer for a specific time period, not by project.
- Prior to Production Facility usage, the following must be filed with Altice USA: a) an Application for the Production Facility Use, an Access User Application, and Access User Contract; b) proof of residency (permanent domicile) within the Altice USA Service Area; c) a complete shooting schedule; d) a complete crew list; and e) a list of any props or additional materials to be brought into the facility.
- Access Users may utilize the Production Facilities for the production of Access Programming. While the Production Facilities are here and available for this purpose, no other Altice USA facilities may be used without the express consent of the company, including but not limited to all office equipment and machinery, such as copy machines, telephones, typewriters, and desk items (pens, pencils, staplers, tape, etc.).
- Access Users are admitted to the Altice USA Production Facility areas only. They are not permitted to walk around the building unaccompanied. It is expected that Access Users will treat the access and building staffs and other Access Users with respect and courtesy. Verbal and/or physical abuse of staff members or other access users may result in the suspension of access privileges. Repeated instances of disrespect or abuse may result in the revocation of all access privileges.
- Production Facility Reservation Policies and Application Forms for the reservation and use of Altice USA’s Production Access Facilities are available. Please locate and complete the forms which apply to the facilities and equipment that you need to produce your Access program.
- In order to ensure a smooth, well run presentation, please advise the staff well in advance if you have booked any extraordinary presentation which might require additional equipment, space, or facilities.
- Please make other arrangements for the care and supervision of children and animals, since they may not join you in the access area.
- If you plan to have animals on your program, please make certain that they are properly caged for their safety and the safety of other Access Users.
- The policies and procedures for the use of the specific pieces of equipment available in this Altice USA system are available on request. Please make certain that you review these documents and complete the information forms which accompany them.
- Access Users utilizing Altice USA’s studios are subject to the general Altice USA Production Facilities Policies set forth in the Access Program and Facilities Policies and Procedures included here.
- The program producer must be present during any studio usage. A maximum of 4 non- consecutive sessions (see system-specific information at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/regional_info.jsp) may be booked at any time.
- Only crew members and talent directly involved with the production are allowed in the studio (guests, observers, audiences, etc. are allowed only with the consent of the Public Access staff). All studio participants (including crew, talent, guests, and visitors) must enter the building from the front door and must sign in with building security, where applicable, prior to commencing studio operations. The crew log-in sheet must be complete before studio production begins. Visitors should be kept to the minimum and will be seated in the green room during production. No one other than crew will be allowed in the control room or studio area.
- Wherever possible and in order to maximize the availability of Altice USA’s studio, pre-production meetings and planning sessions should take place outside of the Altice USA Studio and prior to the scheduled use of the studio.
- Use of the Altice USA studio for the production of programs that feature bands or other guests whose sound cannot be contained within the studio and might be a disturbance to other departments in the building may need to be scheduled at times outside of regular business hours.
- Room temperature in the studio must be kept cool for optimal machinery functioning. Please dress appropriately and do not adjust room temperature settings.
- Do not re-patch, re-configure, or alter any settings on equipment. Ask the staff to assist you. Please report immediately to the staff any equipment problems that you are experiencing. Do not attempt to make equipment repairs yourself.
- No food or drink is allowed while using the studio. No smoking is allowed on the premises.
- Please be prompt in your arrival to and departure from the studio, and adhere to your reserved time slot. There should be no loitering in the access area after your allotted studio time is finished. You are expected to leave the area promptly and in a clean and orderly condition when your booked time slot is over so that the facility is ready for the next access user.
When finished with cameras:
– Lock tilt locks (not brakes or drags) in a slightly downward angle.
– Return cameras to initial location and coil the cameras multi-cables (in “over/under” manner).
- Sweep/clean up all articles associated with your production.
- Return appropriate equipment to the office and wait for staff to check before you leave.
- Do not “power down” equipment after shift.
- If you are unsure about any procedure or piece of equipment, please ask the staff.
- Access Users utilizing Altice USA’s editing facilities are subject to the general Altice USA Production Facilities Policies set forth in the Access Program and Facilities Policies and Procedures attached hereto.
- Time can be reserved for editing by submitting an Editing Application for the date(s) and time(s) requested. Editing booths may be reserved for limited times (see system-specific information at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/regional_info.jsp ).
- Editing facilities are booked for work on Access Programs only. A maximum of two (2) non-consecutive sessions may be booked at any given time. See system-specific information at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/regional_info.jsp.
- Only producers and editors directly involved with an editing project may be present in the editing room, and no more than two at any one time. No others can be admitted to the editing area by producers working in the editing room or studio.
- Any producer/editor wishing to do a “voice-over” audio dub must make arrangements prior to booking time so that needed equipment can be scheduled.
- Please be prompt in your arrival to and departure from the edit suite and please adhere to your reserved time slot.
Electronic Field Production Packages
- Access Users utilizing Altice USA’s electronic field production (EFP) packages are subject to the general Altice USA Production Facilities Policies set forth in the Access Program and Facilities Policies and Procedures attached hereto.
- EFP packages may be booked for a maximum of two non-consecutive 24-hour periods. Units taken out on Saturdays (or before holidays) must be returned the following business day by 10:00 AM.
- The Access Equipment Use Agreement is available at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/forms.jsp or on request and must be completed before any equipment use is commenced.
- Producers utilizing EFP units must familiarize themselves with the regulations and equipment liabilities contained in Altice USA’s Public Access Rules and User Contract.
- The Public Access Area currently has EFP packages that may vary from system to system. See system-specific information at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/regional_info.jsp for a description of available equipment. Equipment needed beyond what is currently available is the responsibility of the producer.
- EFP equipment is booked/reserved as a complete unit. Producers booking a unit have the option to use all or part of that unit, but remaining articles cannot be made available to other producers, as the package must be maintained for the next user.
- Access Users utilizing Altice USA’s editing facilities are subject to the general Altice USA Production Facilities Policies set forth in the Access Program and Facilities Policies and Procedures attached hereto.
- The portable studio can be reserved by a group applying to tape an event or program requiring a multiple-camera presentation. A Portable Studio Application indicating a request for the use of this equipment must be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance of the intended use. Confirmation of availability of the portable studio on the requested date will be given in writing within five business days of Altice USA’s receipt of the Portable Studio Application and Access User Contract.
- All members of the production crew must have attended a training session prior to the event to learn the intricacies of this “studio in a box.”
Note: Altice USA’s portable studio weighs a considerable amount. Please plan to lift and transport appropriately and cautiously. Altice USA will not be held responsible for physical injury caused by improper lifting or transporting of equipment.
Mobile Production Van
- The mobile production van can be reserved by a group applying to tape an event or program requiring a multiple-camera presentation. A Mobile Production Van Application must be submitted at least thirty (30) days in advance of the event, and a crew of at least nine (9) people is required. Altice USA will provide a staff member, who will serve as Video Engineer. Confirmation of the availability of the mobile production van on the requested date will be given in writing within five (5) business days of Altice USA’s receipt of the Mobile Production Van Application, Access Use Application, and Access User Contract.
Note: Due to the time required to set up the mobile production van and all of its equipment at the site, the van should be scheduled to arrive at least four (4) hours in advance of the event.
Any person desiring to use any of the Altice USA Production Facilities, one must first become a Qualified Facility User by successfully completing a competency exam which measures understanding of the use of Altice USA’s Production Facilities. For those without previous training or experience, Altice USA provides training workshops on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year. Consisting of lecture and hands-on experience in production techniques, workshops are scheduled on a regular basis and are an excellent way to become qualified and to meet other users who are potential production crew members. A Training Workshop Application can be obtained at http://www.AlticeUSA.com/local/access/forms.jsp or by calling or writing the Access Staff.
Volunteers are vital to the spirit of the community access experience. Altice USA maintains a list of people who have passed the qualifying exam and/or successfully completed the access training workshop and who are willing to assist others in the production of their Access Programming. If you are interested in volunteering or in obtaining the names of current volunteers, please contact Access Staff.
Access Users cancelling scheduled Production Facility use time must call twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the scheduled slot. Reserved time is non-transferable. Failure to comply with such consideration will subject Access User to the Suspension Guidelines in the Rules.
Access users who will be late for scheduled facilities use must call in advance. Access users more than one half-hour late for scheduled appointments are subject to the Suspension Guidelines in the Rules. Altice USA reserves the right to schedule other applicants in place of late Access Users.
Altice USA PEG Rules And Regulations:
Access Users who violate the Altice USA PEG Rules and Regulations pertaining to Access Channel Usage or Production Facilities Usage will be subject to the Suspension Guidelines attached in the Rules.