CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Strategic Action Committee Meeting –
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Newtown Municipal Center
A meeting of the Strategic Action Committee of the Cable Advisory Council was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Newtown Municipal Center, Newtown, Connecticut.
Chairman Gregory Davis called the meeting to order at 7:07pm.
ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), Jim Lang (Trumbull), George Linkletter (Sherman), Ken Swain (Bridgewater)
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 an agenda for tonight’s meeting.
PUBLIC INPUT- None
Interconnection with AT&T
Chairman Gregory Davis spoke of a response from PURA to an exception filed by the Cable Advisory Council regarding the Interconnection Status between AT&T and Charter. It was noted that PURA did not believe that it had the authority to force the Interconnection. At the May 14th Cable Advisory Council meeting, the council passed a motion to send a letter to PURA indicating that the CAC is ready to help with the Interconnection. There was a discussion of ways for the CAC to help with Interconnection. It was decided that Chairman Gregory Davis will speak with Tom Cohan at Charter.
Connecticut Post Article
Ken Swain spoke of an article written by Senator John McCain printed in the Connecticut Post on May 26, 2013 regarding his support of the Television Consumer Freedom Act which would offer more of an al la carte for television channels with cable TV. Senator McCain noted that consumers are forced to pay for channels that they don’t watch and that the fees for cable television have risen at three times the rate of inflation. The committee spoke of the future of the cable industry and how products such as ITunes and Netflix affect the industry.
Council Officer Candidates Duties Review
Chairman Gregory Davis spoke of the officers for Cable Advisory Council for the term beginning July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 and went over the duties and responsibilities of each officer. The following members were elected to office:
Chairman: Gregory Davis, Vice Chairman: George Linkletter, Secretary: Kevin Burns and Treasurer: Jonathan Gibney.
Council Officer Candidates Duties Review (con’t)
It was noted that the Chairman may appoint a webmaster, a Statewide Video Advisory Council representative and a Recording Secretary.
Chairman Davis spoke of the duties and responsibilities of the Chairman and noted that the only thing not done was to set up an audit of CAC funds.
Chairman Davis spoke of the duties of the Vice Chairman and noted that one of their responsibilities is to keep a record of attendance and appointments as well as acting as chairman in their absence. It was suggested that a committee be formed to build council representation. It was noted that there are 19 towns in the region but only 7 are represented. It was noted that the number of seats per town are determined by population plus one seat for the BOE and one seat for a Library employee. George Linkletter volunteered to follow up on appointments with the towns. There was a brief discussion of the duties of the Secretary and the Treasurer and it was noted that some of the duties of the Secretary could be delegated to the Recording Secretary.
There was a discussion of the bylaws and the possibility of a bylaws revision committee. It was suggested that a committee will be appointed at the next Advisory Council Meeting. There was a discussion of the duties of the webmaster, Statewide Video Council Representative and Recording Secretary and whether or not these duties should be stated in the bylaws of the Advisory Council. There are some date revisions that need to be made in the bylaws. The committee for the bylaws revision review will be appointed at the July CAC meeting and the special meeting for bylaws revision will be held at the September meeting.
There was a discussion of the Advisory Council’s role in advising the suitability of programming.
SAC Mission Pool- Statement-Ballot
The Strategic Action Committee went over the Mission Pool Ballot that was discussed at previous meetings. Chairman Davis asked the committee to come up with a list of priorities for the future of Community Access Programming. There was a discussion of bullets F1-F25. It is hopeful that the SAC can go over the bullet points at the next meeting and put them in numerical order and use this data to compile motions for future CAC meetings. Chairman Davis will confirm appointments to the SAC at the July meeting.
George Linkletter made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00pm. Ken Swain seconded the motion- Vote 5-0-0 (Motion approved)
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