NET Connects F.A.Q.

NET Connects

Where will the NET Connects be seen?
NET2 is an established  network for public discourse, with its emphasis on live coverage of the Nebraska Legislature and news and public affairs programming from PBS World.  NET2 is currently available as a digital broadcast channel and on cable television in many Nebraska households.

Most programs can be viewed on this website, as well. In addition, many of the partnership programs will be available on Nebraska cable television systems which offer free video-on-demand service. Check with your local company for details.

How do these proposed programs fit with other NET productions?
Public television serves a broad public service mission. It explores and supports many aspects of life in our community, and uses the power and reach of its media platforms to provide valuable, free information to all Nebraskans.
Appropriate partnership productions between NET and other mission-similar community organizations include:
* Public service programs that simply and directly transmit non-controversial information useful to the public
* Event coverage of performances, lectures, panel discussions, and town meetings  created by organizations committed to public service.
* Personal improvement: programming designed to educate, model and encourage positive behaviors.

What kind of partnerships?
NET will pursue discussions with organizations that share our mission of education and community-service. This content could include speeches, panel discussions, lectures, concerts, performances, and documentaries. Excluded from consideration are "infomercials" or other primarily self-promotional vehicles, which have commercial components, that involve solicitation for funds, goods or volunteers, or that promote a political agenda, or religious programming.
While the NET Connects is designed to encourage an “open-door” approach to potential partners, NET management reserves the right to make final decisions regarding partners or content it deems appropriate (see editorial guidelines).

Why would a non-profit partner want to participate?
Enhanced community impact is the main incentive. Multiple broadcasts on NET2 and other media platforms will reach thousands of individuals via innovative and cost-effective methods. The result is a dramatic expansion of the impact of their best work in the community.

What is each partner expected to do?
NET will provide production services, broadcast time, and multi-platform digital distribution. On occasion NET may provide limited in-kind production funding and support. In these circumstances, the community partner will provide additional production funding and project development expertise. NET and the partner share responsibility for project design, budget development and promotion.

What does each partner get?
NET will receive unlimited rights to broadcast the program over its own media platforms and will also have unlimited rights to distribute the content to other digital platforms. Partners own all other rights including the right to sell or otherwise re-distribute and exploit the program.

How do these partnerships get started?
First, NET and the partner meet to better understand each other's goals and capabilities. Once both partners agree to proceed, NET prepares a plan and budget that is discussed and modified by operational staff of both organizations. The project is then executed, edited, evaluated and scheduled for broadcast.

What kind of projects won't NET pursue?
NET operates under a set of editorial guidelines. NET will not pursue projects designed, in any way, to mislead Nebraskans. In addition, we will not pursue projects that are primarily focused on self-promotion, lobbying or include an unbalanced presentation of matters of current or probable public controversy.

What does this normally cost the partners?
The cost to the partner varies depending on the requirements of the partner and the project.

Is NET Connects programming limited to organizations that can help pay for production?
While our goal is to make the service as self-sufficient as possible over time, NET may also contribute resources to organizations serving groups traditionally under-served by mainstream media. These decisions are solely at the discretion of NET, and will be determined by financial circumstances and the importance of the content.

Are promotional programs for non-profits eligible?
NET Connects content must serve the public with programming and information that supports the missions of both NET and the partner organization, and addresses a legitimate public information need. For instance, we would not pursue a partnership with a hospital to discuss the attributes of that hospital. We would pursue a partnership with that same hospital if the topic of the presentation were "new developments in pediatrics" and featured the participation of multiple health care facilities. In addition, NET is prohibited by federal regulations from engaging in broadcast activities that raise funds for other non-profit organizations.

Would government agencies have the opportunity to be involved?
Yes, to the extent that NET and state agencies share a mission of providing accurate information to citizens. Programming will be provided to facilitate direct communications between state agencies and the people of Nebraska. NET reserves the right to review all content for completeness and fairness, and may insist on additional content to add balance and perspective. This could take the form of Q&A with a neutral group of citizens or journalists selected by NET.

Will NET accept independent or other community productions?
NET offers an opportunity to develop working relationships with independent and community producers, including community cable and educational producers. Availability of broadcast time and program acceptability will be entirely at the discretion of NET management. Content and technical standards must follow overall guidelines for the service. Packaging and distribution costs may be billed to the community partner/producer.

Will NET work with for-profit firms as well?
A project originating with a for-profit business must be true "public service" and not self-promotional. It must address real community needs with accurate and balanced information.

How is control over the project managed?
In general, NET and the partner will reach early consensus on the overall design and focus of the project. The partner brings to the discussion specific content expertise and NET provides production and broadcast management. If consensus proves difficult, the project does not move ahead. As with all programs, NET is charged by the FCC with having sole responsibility for all final broadcast decisions.