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Cable franchise renewal

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The city’s current franchise agreement with Comcast is set to expire in January 2021. The city has notified Comcast of its intent to conduct informal renewal negotiations in accordance with the federal Cable Act.

Given the enormous changes in technology and media over the past 15 years, the process of granting a new franchise to Comcast deserves serious consideration and opportunity for public input. A major component of this process is a community needs assessment, which will help determine future community channels, equipment and resources that will be available to St. Louis Park residents, community groups, schools and the city. 

Online survey

An online survey  was available through March 13 to help gather information to determine if the local community programming/media services available through the franchise agreement between Comcast and the city are adequate and appropriate. It will also identify changes that might be made to meet the future needs and interests of St. Louis Park residents.

Those who completed the survey will have a chance to win a limited-edition, framed print by local artist Adam Turman, provided courtesy Discover St. Louis Park. The drawing will be held after the survey closes March 13. Winners will be notified by email or phone. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the drawing.

January focus groups

Three focus groups were held Jan. 22-23, conducted by Sue Buske, a highly experienced communications consultant working with the city on the franchise renewal process. 

November stakeholder meeting

On Nov. 19, 2019, key stakeholders in the community were invited to attend a presentation where they learned more about the cable franchise renewal needs assessment, how they could be involved and how they could involve others. The meeting was recorded and is available on the city’s YouTube channel and the presentation is also available for review.