Triangle J formed the Cable Television Consortium in the early 1990s in response to local government requests for cable television refranchising and contract enforcement assistance. Through this fee-for-service program TJCOG provided cost-effective technical, legal and administrative cable television expertise to participating local governments that joined together to exercise their authority to issue competitive cable television franchises, review franchise renewals and transfers, and regulate subscription television rates, as provided by the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
In response to changing technology and local government needs, the consortium was renamed the Broadband Consortium in the mid-2000s. The Broadband Consortium consultant works with consortium partners to resolve customer's issues, serve as an advocate on matters related to state video service franchise compliance, and provide other assistance as issues arise.
Consortium members are briefed regularly on broadband regulatory matters, including:
- actions by the state legislature to marginalize the role of local government in broadband matters,
- the escalating cost for broadband service (no competitive providers),
- how to influence broadband system extension into rural communities,
- the acquisition and use of public/educational/governmental access channels (PEG) and
- strategies to qualify for NC-DOR supplemental PEG channel funding.