CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL

lP. O. Box 87

Newtown, Connecticut

·~ Minutes ~

lMinutes of Strategic Action Committee Meeting –

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Newtown Municipal Center

Newtown, CT

 

A meeting of the Strategic Action Committee of the Cable Advisory Council was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Newtown Municipal Center, Newtown, Connecticut.

Chairman Gregory Davis called the meeting to order at 7:15pm.

 

ATTENDEES:   Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Ken Cornet (Washington), Paul Katzmark (Southbury) and Joe Mustich (Washington)

 

The purpose of the Strategic Action Committee is to guide the chairman and to determine roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Council and how to better serve subscribers. 

 

Chairman Gregory Davis provided the committee with a packet of information which included:

·Strategic Action Committee Agenda for 04-09-13

·Community Access Provider 2012 Operations Review

·Cable Advisory Council Chairman Report 04-09-13

·Letter to Kimberley Santopietro from Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) regarding Exception to Draft Decision-Annual Community Access Review

·Letter to Energy and Technology Committee-Subscriber choice

·Energy and Technology Committee-Joint Favorable Report- Act Modernizing the State’s Telecommunications Laws

·Chairman Report: Developing Legislative Traction

·Chairman Report: A Secure future for Community Access Television

·Cable Advisory Council-Elected Officers duties and responsibilities

·Cable Advisory Council-ByLaws Revisions Action List

·Strategic Action Committee-Draft Mission Pool

·Strategic Action Committee Mission Statement

·Strategic Action Committee Mission Pool Ballot

 

COMMUNITY ACCESS PROVIDER 2012 OPERATIONS REVIEW

Chairman Davis noted that he reviewed the 2012 Community Vision 21 CAP Annual Report and went over the summary of this review.  This report provides calculations and costs per subscribers and additional operating cost funding provided by Charter Communications. 

Interconnection Report from Kinson Perry (AT&T) - Chairman Davis spoke of the status of the Interconnection between Charter and AT&T and spoke of a response from Kinson Perry at AT&T.  A review of which towns currently provide interconnection was provided.  The response from Kinson Perry was that an agreement with Charter for a Public Access Channel will have to be handled in a different manner and it is hopeful that this will be done soon.  Chairman Davis provided the Strategic Action Committee a copy of the Exception to Draft Decision (PURA Docket #13-01-06) sent to Kimberley Santopietro at PURA basically stating that “Active members serving on the Cable Advisory Council are being denied their right to view programming for which they have paid their Designated Community Access Provider in PURA Map area 19 because they have selected AT&T U-Verse as their Certified Video Program Provider and there is no interconnection.”  This letter was sent in response to a motion made by the CAC at the March 12, 2013 meeting.

 

Energy and Technology Committee

Chairman Davis spoke of a letter sent to the Energy and Technology Committee regarding the CAC’s recommendation that the Telecommunications Modernization Act include more modern subscriber choices and suggested choices for Sports Heavy, Sports Free or A’La Carte programming.  Chairman Davis noted that he sent this letter to the chairman of the Statewide Video Advisory Council, the SVAC Legislative Committee and to the Connecticut House District Representatives.  No response has been received to date.

 

Joint Favorable Report

Chairman Davis spoke of Bill No. HB-6402 “An Act Modernizing the State’s Telecommunications Laws” and spoke of the reasons for the bill and the responses received.

 

Developing Legislative Traction

Chairman Davis spoke of the key concepts of CT Legislative process and explained the Connecticut General Assembly- How a Bill becomes a Law

 

A Secure future for Community Access Television

Chairman Davis spoke of the CPCN- Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity License.  He explained the difference between CVFA (Certificate of Video Franchise Authority License) and CCFA (Certificate of Cable Franchise Authority).  He noted that CVFA must pay a Gross Earnings Tax whereas CCFA does not.  Chairman Davis spoke of an introduction to changes in this regulations and spoke of the results and impact of these regulations. 

 

Chairman Davis noted that he will summarize “What went wrong”, “Why the future of Community Access is at Risk” and “How to Fix this Mess” into a Chairman’s report and will send to the members of the Strategic Action Committee for feedback.   There was a discussion among the SAC members as to how to respond to this policy.  Paul Katzmark noted that the Cable Advisory Council should make a recommendation regarding this. 

 

Elected Officer Duties

Chairman Davis noted that the May 14, 2013 CAC meeting will be the last meeting of the first term for the current officers and went over the duties and responsibilities of each office.  Nominations for officers will be held at the next CAC meeting on May 14th. 

 

Bylaws revisions Action List

Chairman Davis spoke of additional chairman duties not specified in the Advisory Council Bylaws.  There was a discussion of whether or not these should be revised and formalized.  Duties for each of the officers have been outlined. Gregory Davis spoke of the duties required for the Statewide Advisory Council and noted the need for additional help on the Cable Advisory Council. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Gregory Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00pm.  Joe Mustich seconded the motion- Vote 4-0-0 (Motion approved)