About PAPA

What is PAPA?

On September 1, 2015 Port Angeles City Council voted 6-0 to enter an agreement with Peninsula Area Public Access (PAPA) to provide programming for up to 3 public access television channels to be available to Wave Cable subscribers throughout Clallam County–beginning early next year. 

So… What is “Public Access Television”?

Public-access television is traditionally a form of non-commercial mass media where the general public can create content television programming which is narrowcast through cable TV specialty channels. Public-access television was created in the United States between 1969 and 1971 by theFederal Communications Commission (FCC)…

Public-access television is often grouped with public, educational, and government access television channels, by the acronym PEG. PEG channels are typically only available on cable television systems.

A little background…

PEG access may be mandated by local or state government to provide any combination of television production equipment, training and airtime on a local cable system to enable members of the public, accredited educational institutions, and government to produce their own shows and televise them to a mass audience.

Municipalities must take initiative and petition the cable operator to provide the funding for PEG access as laid out by law, but municipalities may also choose to take no action and will instead keep the cable television franchise fees in a general fund. A municipality may also choose to allowgovernment-access television (GATV) but not public-access television or may replace it with governmental access television or may take away Public-access television altogether, depending on the disposition of the local government or its voters.

Where does PAPA come in?

Peninsula Area Public Access has been established as a non-profit organization to fulfill the longstanding franchise agreement with the city of Port Angeles and surrounding community.  In addition to all government mandated responsibilities,PAPA is dedicated to truly becoming a public resource within the community.

To read the Mission Statement and learn more about the goals of PAPA, click the picture below…

Mission Statement

Click below to find out more about the CEO of PAPA, Dr. Ralph Smith and to check-out the otherExecutive Members


You can also learn more about the Board of Directors and come to one of PAPA’s open meetings here…

Board of Directors


In a recent survey of city residents 87% of respondents stated a desire for local programming. The survey, conducted by Buske & Associates, is part of negotiations for renewal of the franchise agreement between the city of Port Angeles and Wave Cable set to expire in May 2017.  For more information, email us at info@papaonline.tv

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