Montgomery County is seeking community input via a series of focus groups that are planned for the week of March 19-24 to help determine what kinds of cable services the public is interested in receiving as part of a new cable television franchise agreement with Comcast. The company’s current 15-year franchise agreement with the County expires on July 1, 2013, and the County will begin negotiations with Comcast this summer for a new franchise agreement which will address past performance, customer service and new technologies. Montgomery County is already in the process of reviewing the cable services provided by Comcast and determining what the community’s future cable-related needs and interests are in preparation for renegotiating the cable franchise agreement with Comcast. The cable franchise renewal process examines the past performance of Comcast and future services that residents, schools, community groups, businesses and local government would like to include in a new cable franchise agreement.
The County will be hosting 11 focus groups to discuss the future of cable service, community media and technology. The focus groups are organized to encourage people with like interests to attend the same meeting to facilitate brainstorming, but everyone may attend any focus group. The same presentation and same questions will be asked at each focus group. There is no fee to attend and light refreshments will be served. Input is being sought from residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, community groups, school teachers and staff, parent/teacher/student associations, media organizations, technology users, public safety service providers and other local governments. Your participation is invaluable… 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 Comcast cable system that serves the County.
• Learn about how the cable system works – and opportunities for the future.
• Hear more about community media and public, educational and government access television in Montgomery County.
• See examples of how schools, community organizations, local government and businesses throughout the country are using modern media technology to communicate, educate and distribute information in this digital age.
• Provide your ideas through brainstorming and completing a questionnaire.
For more information and to RSVP to attend a focus group go to www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/Cable and click on the Comcast renewal logo or contact Marjorie Williams at 240-777-3762 or by e-mail at Marjorie.Williams@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov .