Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Participate in Upcoming Community Focus Groups on Cable Communications Needs

The Vineyard Haven Library will be hosting one of a series of focus groups this November. MVTV (Martha's Vineyard Community Television), in cooperation with the towns on Martha’s Vineyard are seeking your input on the future of cable service, community media, and technology that will be available for the next 10 years.

As a part of the process of exploring the future cable communications needs of Martha’s Vineyard, the Towns in conjunction with MVTV are hosting a series of focus groups on November 16, 17 and 18. 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 Martha’s Vineyard.

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 process that the Towns are 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 MVTV website at and clicking a link for the survey.

The focus groups are free of charge. Persons interested in attending should select the one that is most appropriate or convenient and RSVP on line using the MVTV Website at http/ or by contacting Julie Turner at 508-696-9760 or The schedule of the focus groups is as follows:

Tuesday, November 16
Health & Human Services: 2:00—4:00 pm, Vineyard Haven Public Library
Arts & Cultural Organizations: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Featherstone Center for the Arts

Wednesday, November 17
Religious & Spiritual Groups: 10:00 am – Noon, Edgartown Public Library
Educators and Teachers: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, MVRHS Library Conf. Room

Thursday, November 18
Municipal Groups, Town Depts.: 10 am-12pm, VTA Conference Rm., Airport Business Park
Nonprofit Organizations: 6:00—8:00 pm, West Tisbury Public Library

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