Experience Section:

EXPERIENCE

FRANCHISE RENEWAL

CALIFORNIA: Cities of Santa Rosa, Monterey, Fresno, Clovis, Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Oceanside, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Napa, American Canyon, Healdsburg, Auburn, Petaluma, Palo Alto, Palm Springs, Carpinteria, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Soledad, Nevada City, Grass Valley, Sonora, Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Pacifica and Colma; and the Counties of Monterey, Nevada, Napa, Humboldt, and Tuolumne
 
KANSAS: City of Salina
 
ILLINOIS: City of Evanston
 
MISSOURI: City of Columbia
 
OHIO: City of Brunswick

MASSACHUSETTS: City of Cambridge

WASHINGTON: Cities of Pasco, Richland
and Port Angeles

The Buske Group has been retained by these jurisdictions to provide consulting assistance during the franchise renewal process. Our duties have included the following:

  • Devise reasonable and cost-effective renewal procedures that are consistent with federal, state, and local law as well as strategies for the implementation of the franchise renewal plan;
  • Conduct a technical audit of the cable system;
  • Evaluate the past performance of the cable operator (including a review of the operator's compliance with the existing franchise, a financial review of the system to ascertain whether the cable operator has paid franchise fees properly and to ascertain the general financial condition of the cable system, a review of customer satisfaction surveys, and a review of current PEG access channels, equipment, facilities, and services);
  • Conduct extensive ascertainments of community needs and interests;
  • Develop goals for the negotiating process;
  • Participate in franchise negotiations; and
  • Draft the final franchise agreement and the enabling ordinance.
The Buske Group also provided assistance in the establishment of new nonprofit PEG access management organizations, including the search for and hiring of the initial Executive Director, for many of these communities.

The Buske Group
 
4808 T Street - Sacramento, CA  95819
Phone: (916) 441-6277