Public Access in this country is defined as that segment of PEG (Public-Educational-Governmental) Access whereby U.S. Citizens have access to cable television channel(s) for individual expression of ideas as protected by the First Amendment of the United States. If a community requests a cable channel or facilities for such use, the cable company serving the community is required by Federal law to provide such channel or channels and equipment as agreed to in the municipality's Franchise Agreement with the cable company.
(See the Cable Communications Act of 1984)