CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL

P. O. Box 87

Newtown, Connecticut

~ Minutes ~

Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Newtown, CT

 

There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:01 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2010 by Vice Chair Jim Lang at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.

 

ATTENDEES: Joe Hurley (New Milford), Kate Donahue (Trumbull), George Fletcher (New Milford), Paul Katzmark (Southbury), Ray Juskiewicz (New Fairfield), Bob Bell (New Fairfield), Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent), Jim Lang (Trumbull), Gregory Davis (Roxbury), George Linkletter (Sherman), Tom Joyner (Sherman), Carl Braun (Woodbury).

From Charter: Greg Van Antwerp (Community Access), Paula Cecchetelli (Marketing), Tom Cohan (Govt Relations)

 

PUBLIC INPUT:   None

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

One correction was made to the November minutes. 

 
TREASURER’S REPORT:

Carl Braun gave his report:  total of $20,323.14 between checking account, money market and CD.  Motion to accept Juskiewicz, 2nd Bob Bell, unanimous.

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT.

Tom Cohan:

·        Charter has emerged from bankruptcy on 11/30/09. Now they have to wait 45 days to reissue stock and list on NASDAQ – expect by end of 1st quarter

·        State legislation – short session this year.  Expect only some tax relief on AT&T bills.

·        Federal – mid February expect FCC to issue “State of Broadband Report”- use of federal stimulus money to “map” the state.  CT is pretty much 100% built out.

·        Rate increase – Basic up $5, expanded basic down $5. (affects only about 10% of customers)

·        Programming battles:

o       Time Warner v Fox – resolved

o       Scripps v Cablevision – not resolved

o       Programmers (cable) are looking for big increases this year

o       Broadcasters are now asking for programming fees – up to $1 per subscriber/mo

·        Heritage Village question regarding rate increase/rate reduction – threatening to go to Blumenthal

·        Tom Horan may be out for a month

Paula Cecchetelli:

·        Rate increase as mentioned by Tom

·        More HD channels effective 12/31/09

·        No new channel additions

·        Adding 60 MG Internet level - $99.99/mo

Greg Van Antwerp –

·        Public access report and newsletter.

·        Year end Public Access report for DPUC. Good year, 98 equipment loans, 27.5 hours of local edition, ~300 hours of programming

·        Next internship cycle starts 1/28

·        Reminder that local government officials can come and tape shows.  Trumbull and Newtown FS have been on; Monroe and Brookfield coming up

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • Stephanie continues to have problems with her cable, Charter suggested a tech call
  • Ray asked about resolution of Mr. Genovese’ problem last meeting – sign in lobby, CSR reprimad.
  • Complaint from Brookfield subscriber about basic only rate increase – ended up calling Charter and getting a rate decrease.  Council is concerned subscribers could start to “catch on” and start calling to get a “deal”.
    • Tom responded that CSRs have ability to “save” customers with special packages
  • The Council presented Charter with the annual “bill” for $2000.

 

OLD BUSINESS: 

  • Need to distribute revised bylaws to Council.  Kate will send out with the minutes. Vote at next meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  

  • Kate has resigned from the Council. Will need a new secretary.  Stephanie volunteered to be Corresponding Secretary. Still need a Recording Secretary.  Kate will stay until March meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was unanimously adjourned at: 8:17 PM.  Respectfully submitted by:  Kate
Donahue, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: NEXT MEETING: January 12, 2010 at Charter Communications offices in Newtown at 7:00 PM.  
PLEASE CONTACT CARMELLA IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND AT: 203-270-6132 or email amodeoc@newtown.k12.ct.us
 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: ~ 2010 Meeting Dates ~
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010