CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Strategic Action Committee Meeting –
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Newtown Municipal Center
A meeting of the Strategic Action Committee of the Cable Advisory Council was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Newtown Municipal Center, Newtown, Connecticut.
Chairman Gregory Davis called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.
ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Gerry Belanger (Newtown Alternate), Kevin Burns (Newtown), Paul Katzmark (Southbury) and George Linkletter (Sherman)
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 Status- Update- Gregory Davis noted that Interconnection between Charter and AT&T has been ordered and it is hopeful that this will be done by the next meeting.
Basic Service Tier Promotion- Gregory Davis noted that he spoke with the Senior Center Director in Roxbury who noted that the Roxbury Senior Center does not allow promotions. Mr. Davis relayed this to Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry who will speak to the Senior Center Director to explain the advantages of the Basic Service Tier.
George Linkletter spoke of the Basic Tier Promotion in Sherman and noted that he is happy to help anyone in Sherman that needs it but has no way of knowing how many residents are taking advantage of this.
Gregory Davis spoke of the following news stories:
Multiple Video Program Distributor Industry News- Gregory Davis spoke of the rising cost of cable and spoke of the price per-channel rate hike of 2.1% and noted that the 2012 rate for cable has increased 5.1% over the 2011 price. Gregory Davis spoke of sports programming as the biggest culprit to this rate hike.
Consolidation Critics Lay Into AT&T/DirecTV
Gregory Davis spoke of an article that blames the rising price of cable on the incentive to merge instead of engaging in competition.
AT&T U-Verse Strategy Eyed Amid DirecTV Deal
Gregory Davis spoke of why the future of Community Access is at risk and the effects of Over the Top programming delivery. Mr. Davis spoke of an email he received from Dr. Ruby O’Neill on May 6, 2014. Dr. O’Neill is the wife of State Representative Arthur O’Neill. Dr. O’Neill noted that she spoke with State Representative O’Neill about the Cable Advisory Council’s interest in preserving the institution of public access TV and the funding drying up because of cable subscriber attrition.
Gregory Davis spoke of “A Secure Future for Community Access Television-The May 2014 View Legislative Initiatives to Repair PA 07-253.” The committee reviewed the list of initiatives. It was decided to send this list to the Statewide Cable Advisory Council to review and also review further with the entire Area 19 Cable Advisory Council. It was noted that the entire Cable Advisory Council should decide if this should be sent to State Representative O’Neill. It was suggested asking other Connecticut Cable Advisory Councils on board with this.
Open Forum- Gerry Belanger spoke of membership outreach for the 19 towns that comprise Area 19. He suggested going to the Trumbull library meeting on June 11th to recruit a library employee or library board member to serve on the Cable Advisory Council. He noted that Trumbull is entitled to appoint the library person since they are the largest town in Area 19. It was decided that to not do this at this time.
George Linkletter suggested that it would be better to reach out to recruit from towns that currently do not have a CAC representative.
Gregory Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:04pm- All in favor
Cable Advisory Council Strategic Action Committee