The mission of DCN is to provide information
regarding the many programs, services and opportunities made available
by the District of Columbia Government. The mission of TV-13 is
to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the live and recorded activities
of the DC Council and its various committees. Together these channels
are intended to provide District of Columbia residents access to
the activities and processes of the government.
The purpose of these regulations is
to provide guidelines for the use of TV-13 and DCN. TV-13 and DCN
are government channels as provided for in the Cable Communications
Policy Act of 1984 “The Cable Act.” The Cable Act establishes government
channels, educational channels, and public channels for use by each
of the corresponding broad groups. Because TV-13 and DCN are government
channels, there are no legal requirements to broadcast any type
of programming that is not government related. OCT offers closed
captioning and language translations of programming by request.
Requests can be forwarded to OCT@DC.gov.
TV-13 and DCN are dedicated to providing programming that is centered
on government programs, activities and services.
The objectives for the use of TV-13
and DCN are:
- to increase public knowledge of
the functions and responsibilities of city government, and of
the functions of the various agencies, departments, commissions,
committees, boards and the City Council;
- to provide programming that encourages
an aware and educated electorate;
- to serve as an ongoing source of
government information for residents of the District of Columbia
- to serve as an official information
center in the case of a local emergency situation, i.e. flood,
fire, or crime;
- to provide information on public
health, safety and welfare issues; and
- to provide programming that highlights
current events and community events.
The regulation information is located