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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission

 Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission


Link to apply below description | 1 position vacancy.

Mission Statement

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission advocates for and protects the public interest in the regulation and development of cable communications systems in Multnomah County and the Cities of Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village; monitors and helps resolve cable subscribers' concerns in these jurisdictions; and participates in the planning and implementation of community use of cable communications technologies which make use of the public right of way. 

Summary of MHCRC Activities

¨      Determines grant recipients for the Community Technology Grants, an annual, competitive funding opportunity, which historically allocates about $800,000 annually to libraries, local governments and non-profit community organizations

¨      Directs the TechSmart Initiative for Student Success, an 8-year, $18 million initiative aimed at supporting effective instructional practices that use technology to improve academic outcomes for all students

¨      Facilitates the Institutional Network (I-Net) partnership and related capital funds to ensure reliable and affordable fiber connectivity and use and that network resources are available to local public institutions such as schools, libraries, and public agency sites

¨      Oversees contracts with two community media centers: Open Signal, serving Portland, and MetroEast Community Media, serving the east Multnomah County area

¨      Enforces cable company compliance with franchise agreements

¨      Provides consumer protection for citizens and subscribers in cable television matters, including complaint resolution

¨      Conducts cable franchise negotiations, renewals, and transfers of ownership

¨      Promotes community and institutional uses of cable communications technologies

¨      Participates in advocacy efforts for legislative activities and FCC proceedings

Primary Responsibilities of Commissioners

¨      Provide direction to MHCRC staff on financial and policy objectives

¨      Oversee financial matters of the Commission, including developing and presenting an annual budget for recommendation to the member jurisdictions

¨      Attend Commission meetings (about 10 per year) and participate on at least one committee

¨      This position will serve as the Commission appointee to the Open Signal Board.

¨      Attend annual, one-day Commission planning retreat (usually a Saturday in the Spring)

¨      Provide regular reports and serve as liaison to elected officials of appointing jurisdiction

¨      Keep informed and educated about issues related to Commission activities.

Time Commitment

The full Commission generally meets the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. The meeting location generally alternates between Portland and Gresham. Committees choose their meeting times and dates as necessary. Members are expected to take the necessary time to study pre-meeting materials (about three hours per month). Members are expected to brief elected officials in their jurisdiction quarterly on the progress of MHCRC’s work. Members should also allocate time to check-in with the Office for Community Technology Director once a month.

Other MHCRC Facts

¨      Is comprised of eight volunteer community members appointed by the city councils and the county commission.

¨      Regulates cable services franchise agreements with Comcast, Frontier, and CenturyLink.

¨      Serves about 160,000 cable subscribers.

¨      Oversees an annual fund budget of about $8 million.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in contract negotiation, grant making and evaluation, and previous board experience are a plus.
  • Knowledge of federal and state cable regulation and understanding of community media is highly recommended.
  • We are looking for committee members who share the values of the City of Portland:
  • Equity. Prioritize frontline community and local benefits, promote equitable outcomes, and institutionalize equity best practices in the city.
  • Accountability to Community. Support inclusive (e.g., cultural, language) participation and engagement throughout the program, maximize program transparency and accountability, and create a model for new and collaborative city-community partnership & practice.



Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

Further Information: Contact Elisabeth Perez, Interim Director, Office for Community Technology 503.823.0039 or or visit the MHCRC website at