Make your opinion heard at MVTV focus groups

Make your opinion heard at MVTV focus groups

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MVTV (Martha’s Vineyard Community Television), in cooperation with Island towns, will conduct workshops for six focus groups over three days about the future of cable service, community media, and technology.

MVTV is a nonprofit organization controlled and operated by Island residents that offers public access, education, and government programming.

MVTV receives funds to operate its station and upgrade equipment and facilities under the terms of a contract between the towns and Comcast, the Island’s current cable service provider.

Since Comcast’s 10-year contract is up for renewal next June, MVTV executive director Julienne Turner said the upcoming workshops would give the Island community a once-in-a-decade opportunity to discuss their future cable-related interests and needs, and how a new cable company franchise license might address them.

Instead of focus groups from each town, Ms. Turner said MVTV decided to group people with similar interests to discuss how the cable system and community media could help them further their message.

“If you only have time to go to one or want to attend one that is more convenient based on time or location, come for any of the sessions — they’re not exclusive to just people of those particular interests,” Ms. Turner said.

Focus group workshops are scheduled on November 16: 2-4 pm, Vineyard Haven Public Library, health and human services; 7-9 pm, Featherstone Center for the Arts, arts and cultural organizations.

November 17: 10 am-noon, Edgartown Public Library, religious and spiritual groups; 4-6 pm, regional high school, educators and teachers. November 18: 10 am-noon, municipal groups and town departments, Vineyard Transit Authority; 6-8 pm, West Tisbury Public Library, nonprofit organizations.

Sue Buske, a public policy consultant hired by MVTV, will start each workshop with an overview of how the franchise license process works. Participants will complete questionnaires and brainstorm ideas, and she will report the results to the towns.

The workshops are free and refreshments provided. RSVP by November 10 online at mvtv.org or call 508-696-9760.