CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:04 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Chairman Gregory Davis at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.
ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Gerry Belanger (Newtown), Jon Bernon (Woodbury), Douglas Branson (Kent), Kevin Burns (Newtown), Donna Cassidy (Trumbull), George Fletcher (New Milford), Paul Katzmark (Southbury), Carol Kearns (Harwinton), Jim Lang (Trumbull), Mike Muttitt (Monroe), Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent), Gene Rosen (Newtown), Bob Rosenberg (New Fairfield), & Harry Schuh (Harwinton)
From Charter: Tom Cohan (Director of Government Relations) (via phone) and Greg Van Antwerp (Public Access)
ROLL CALL: Members of the council introduced themselves and Chairman Gregory Davis reviewed the packets for tonight’s meeting.
PUBLIC INPUT: None
SERVICE PROVIDER REPORTS:
Tom Cohan- (Director of Government Relations) - was available via phone and gave an update on Charter going all digital and an update on the transfer to Comcast. Council members asked questions or Mr. Cohan regarding the digital transition and the AT&T transfer to Frontier.
Greg Van Antwerp- (Public Access) spoke of the following:
Channel 21 is now CTV192
Distributed the Charter Public Access report
Spoke about Training classes- the next Advanced Training program begins on February 5th. This is a 16 week course. Anyone can participate and can obtain an application by calling (203) 304-4050 or visiting www.communityvision21.com
Highlights for 2014 include a Weather Cast with West Conn on a YouTube channel which got over 1,000 views.
COUNCIL TREASURY REPORT
Jim Lang made a motion to accept the Treasury report and the Minutes of the November meeting as presented-Vote: All in favor
Basic Service Tier Promotion
Gregory Davis noted that the Cable Advisory Council will continue to promote the Basic Service Tier package and will discuss it further at future meetings.
Cable Advisory Council- Chairman Gregory Davis noted that Charter has granted the request of Steven and Mary Schinke for service connection to their home in Roxbury.
CORRESPONDENCE- Chairman Davis spoke of a letter from that he received from CAC members Joe Mustich and Ken Cornet regarding the skyrocketing cost of basic TV and basic internet costing them almost $90/month and forcing them to choose between TV and internet. Chairman Davis read a letter that he wrote in response to this.
COUNCIL CHAIRMAN REPORT
Chairman Davis spoke of Cable news from January 2015. Full articles are available on the CAC website.
The SVAC meeting for December was canceled.
Chairman Davis read a letter that he composed on his personal letterhead to Senator Rob Kane to request support for a legislative initiative to stabilize the funding for the Connecticut Institution of Community Access Television. Chairman Davis provided a sample letter and encouraged CAC members to send letters to their Senators and Representatives. Chairman Davis provided the Cable Advisory Council with a list of Senators and Representatives for each of the towns that the CAC represents.
Chairman Davis read a letter that was sent to Connecticut Legislators to request the Energy and Technology Committee to draft a bill that will stabilize funding for the CT Institution of Community Access Television. This letter was sent based on a decision made by the CAC at their November meeting. A similar letter was sent to PURA asking them to clarify and order that MPVD license holders in CT are required to collect fees to support the designated community access provider operations from all subscribers as per CGS 16-33a(k). A subsequent letter was received from PURA denying this request. There was a brief discussion of this denial.
Donna Cassidy made a motion to the Area 19 CAC support a 2015 CGA legislative session initiative to stabilize the funding for the CT Institution of Community Access Television by language clarification to CGS 16-331a(k) in the 2015 CGA legislative session. George Fletcher seconded the motion- All in favor
(k) The department shall establish the amount that the company or organization responsible for community access operations shall receive for such operations from subscribers and from multichannel video programming distributors
(Proposed draft revision)
(k) The department shall establish the amount that the company or organization responsible for community access operations shall receive for such operations from subscribers to any service of multichannel video programming distributors.
There was a discussion of communicating with legislators. Members of the CAC were encouraged to tell their stories with the legislators. The CAC asked Greg Van Antwerp to provide antidotes regarding cable television.
OPEN FORUM- None
Gregory Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:59pm. Seconded.
Vote: All in favor
Cable Advisory Council Regular Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, January 13, 2015