Assessing the technology needs of our Community
The Your Vo!ce, Our Communications Technology study is an initiative of the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission to assess the communications technology needs of our community every ten years.
The study incorporates input from government, education, nonprofit, health and business sectors as well as feedback from community leaders and individual community members living or working in the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale, and Wood Village, and Multnomah County.
The study provides important, local information on the distinct needs of our community. Outcomes from the study will be used to:
- Inform cable franchise negotiations with cable television service providers
- Inform the City of Portland and Multnomah County Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) which provides county-wide guidance on digital equity and inclusion priorities to governments, grantors, educators and nonprofits
- Provide local data to support state and national discussions on policy and legislation
The MHCRC partnered with the City of Portland Office for Community Technology, Multnomah County Library and Multnomah County to ensure important community technology issues of equity and inclusion would be addressed by the study, and that the resulting data would support strategic planning county-wide.
In addition to local data, the study incorporates county, state and national studies on cable and broadband adoption with the intent to draw a clear picture of communications technology being used in our community today as well as the future needs and interests of the community over the next 10 years.
The study used a variety of methods to obtain data including County-wide surveys, discussion groups with community members, and interviews with representatives from government, education, nonprofit and health sectors.
A more in-depth description of the study design and data collection methods can be found on the Study Design page.
A collection of important takeaways from the study can be found on the Study Highlights page.