Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Compliance Requirements

NET is committed to complying with all regulations and making our information easily accessible to the public. Our public inspection files for television and radio are maintained, pursuant to FCC permission, at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 North 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503. They are available for viewing to the general public during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and printed copies are available. For more information call (800) 868-1868.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or others with issues relating to the content of NET's public inspection files should contact NET Human Resources at JThomsen@netad.unl.edu or 402-470-6413.
 

Governance


NET management is accountable to two governing entities. The Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission holds the license for the nine transmitters and five translators that comprise the NET Radio network. It also holds the license for eight of the nine television transmitters and for the 15 translators that comprise the NET Television network. The ninth transmitter, KUON-TV, is licensed to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Through a long-standing agreement with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Board of Regents, KUON-TV operates as the flagship station for NET Television.

Open Meetings
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission meetings and University of Nebraska Board of Regents meetings are open to the public per Nebraska Revised Satute 84-1409. Time is available at each meeting for public comments. Please visit the links above for a schedule of upcoming meetings and additional detail.

Financial, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Content and Services Reports


The FCC and CPB require NET to provide a number of reports pertaining to financial, EEO, local content and services. That information can be found in the following PDFs:

NET 2020 Statement of Commitment to Diversity


NET is a joint undertaking of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska and the State of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission. Central to NET’s mission, vision and values is maintaining a workplace environment and governing boards, which recognize and celebrate the power of diversity in accordance with University of Nebraska and/or State of Nebraska policies. We are dedicated to ensuring a culture of diversity and inclusion to maintain a fair, unbiased work environment, and to enhance our ability to effectively serve our state and beyond. Diversity at NET encompasses our differences, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, physical ability, national and geographic origin, marital status, and veteran status. We believe each of these factors, and others, contributes to NET’s ability to serve its communities across Nebraska and is important to our mission and work, Connecting and Empowering Every Nebraskan.

NET is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals based on any characteristic protected by law. Recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce, management team, and board membership is an organizational responsibility and goal. We are deliberate in all of our employment practices to ensure that employment opportunities are widely advertised and that policies and practices are administered in an unbiased and objective manner and meet applicable University, State and FCC guidelines.

The following are the 2020/2021 Diversity Guidelines and statistics for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), serving as Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations. The guidelines are developed to show compliance with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

NET has strived to maintain and improve the diversity of the staff over the past two to three years. For example, last year, new hires reflected 65% women, minorities, and veterans and 48% of the total workforce represent women, minorities and veterans. NET Board membership is comprised of 50% women.

NET continues to support student and internship opportunities across the organization including but not limited to: broadcast production, news, radio, broadcast engineering, information technology, research, communications and sales. During the previous 12 months, NET provided 22 students with paid educational experiences. Fifty percent of these students represented women and minorities.

In support of NET’s initiatives from our 2019/2020 Statement of Commitment to Diversity, NET confirms the following activities:

  • A review of our diversity email list was completed expanding the list to include the Global Alliance on Media and Gender and National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communication.
     
  • NET joined NPR and other public media organizations from across the country this year as part of the public media recruiting efforts called Think Public Media. NET attended the following virtual career fairs: National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
     
  • All staff and board members participated in a session hosted at NET and facilitated by University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The session was intended to increase cultural awareness and knowledge of what diversity is, identify potential ways to create a more diverse workforce, and staff’s responsibilities in supporting and maintaining an inclusive culture. More than 90% of NET staff attended. The session was recorded and made available to NET board members and staff who were unable to attend in person.
     
  • NET’s Chief Administrative Officer represents NET on the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Council on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity. The Council is designed to serve as a communications channel between and across units and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; a space for collective and organized thinking and action; a space to receive updates and share concerns or issues related to campus climate, and to identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
     
  • NET staff and board members recorded a 100% completion for the annual CPB Workplace Harassment Prevention training for the previous year.

In the next year, NET will again review, and update our diversity email list that includes professional minority organizations as a means to attract and hire diverse individuals. Participation in the Think Public Media group will continue to expand our reach to minority groups. We will continue work with students at the University of Nebraska and participate in scholarship programs designed to assist students interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting. We will complete longer-term recruitment initiatives as required by FCC- EEO including participation in career fairs, internship programs and other educational institutions programs relating to broadcasting career opportunities. These efforts are reported in the FCC EEO Annual Report.

Closed Captioning


NET Nebraska certifies that, as standard practice, closed-captioned programming produced by  NET Nebraska is in compliance with the Federal Communications Commission requirements set forth by including, but not limited to the “best practices” approach adopted in the FCC report and order on February 20, 2014, in the matter of CG Docket No. 05-231.

For closed captioning concerns, please contact our captioning hotline:

Phone:   800-698-3426
Fax:  402-472-3540
Email:  NET@unl.edu

We will make every effort to respond or otherwise resolve your inquiry within 24 hours or one business day.

Written complaints regarding closed captioning should be directed to:

Nancy Finken
AGM Programming & Production
NET
1800 N 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503

Phone: 402-470-6365

Email: nfinken@netnebraska.org

Before sending a formal written complaint, we recommend you first contact our captioning hotline (800-698-3426). We may be able to resolve your problem immediately without the need for a formal complaint. In any event, we will respond to your complaint within 30 days. The above contact information applies to Stations KUON-TV, KHNE-TV, KLNE-TV, KMNE-TV, KPNE-TV, KRNE-TV, KTNE-TV, KXNE-TV, and KYNE-TV.

Donor Privacy


The Television and Radio Foundations, or any person working on their behalf, shall not engage in the exchange, lease, loan, trade, rental, donation, sale or transfer of member or donor names for any purpose whatsoever. Charitable work on behalf of the Television and Radio Foundations shall be the sole exception to this policy.

The Television and Radio Foundations shall maintain active control of all membership and donor lists, and shall take all appropriate measures to ensure against unauthorized use of such lists.

The Television and Radio Foundations shall maintain complete and accurate records of all uses of membership and donor lists, including those for fundraising purposes, and shall furnish such records to members and donors for proper purposes on request.

The Television and Radio Foundations shall also maintain complete and accurate records by which they may be assured that they are in compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws and regulations, and with the eligibility requirements for public telecommunications entities as established by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and other national agencies. The Television and Radio Foundations shall annually certify their continued compliance with CPB requirements as specified by CPB station grant procedures.