ST. PAUL (Sept. 12, 2013) — Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), in cooperation with the City of Saint Paul, is seeking your input on the future of cable service, community media, and technology that will be available for the next 10 years.
As Comcast has submitted a request to the city to have its cable franchise agreement renewed, a community process is being undertaken to examine the past performance of Comcast and identify the future services that citizens, schools, community groups, businesses and local government would like to include in a new cable franchise agreement.
Once every 10 years, local government has the opportunity to examine the past services provided by cable/video service providers and renegotiate the franchise agreements. Given the enormous changes in technology and media over the past 10 years, the process of granting a new franchise to Comcast merits serious consideration and opportunity for public input.
As a part of the process of exploring the future cable communications needs of Saint Paul, SPNN is hosting a series of six focus groups on October 2, 3 and 4. The focus groups will provide a chance for interested community members to learn about franchise renewal and provide their opinions regarding future services that could be available through the cable system serving Saint Paul.
These focus groups will be conducted by Sue Buske of The Buske Group, a nationally recognized public policy consulting group hired specifically to assist during the cable franchise renewal process. The focus groups will provide information on: (1) the cable franchise renewal process that the City is currently conducting; (2) how the cable system works and what it could be like in the future; (3) public, educational, and government access; and (4) the ways that community groups and organizations, schools, businesses, citizens, and government agencies could use a cable communication system. The focus groups are designed to get input from participants through brainstorming and completing a brief questionnaire.
In addition, the public is also invited to participate in an on-line survey by going to the and clicking a link for the survey.
The focus groups are free of charge. Persons interested in attending should select the focus group that is most appropriate or convenient and RSVP by visiting www.spnn.org/FocusGroups, or by calling 651-224-5153.
The schedule of the focus groups is provided below.
• Local Government Departments, Agencies, Boards: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to Noon at Saint Paul City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd. West, Room 42 – Basement Level.
• K-12 Schools, Colleges, Teachers, Staff, Parents: 4 to 6 p.m. at The Hubbs Center for Adult Education, 1030 University Avenue West, Room 1307.
• Community Nonprofit and Arts, Culture, and Heritage Organizations: Thursday, Oct. 3, from Noon to 2 p.m. at Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 400.
• Neighborhood and Civic Organizations: 7 to 9 p.m. at SPNN), 375 Jackson Street, Suite 170.
• Health/Human Service/Senior Organization and Faith-Based Groups: Friday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to Noon at Rondo Public Library, 461 N Dale St., Multipurpose Room.
• Youth, Youth Organizations, and Advocates: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at SPNN, 375 Jackson Street, Suite 170