CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL

P. O. Box 87

Newtown, Connecticut

~ Minutes ~

Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Newtown, CT


There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:02 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2016, by Chairman Gregory Davis at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.


ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), Gerry Belanger (Newtown), Jon Bernon (Woodbury), Kevin Burns (Newtown), George Fletcher (New Milford), Paul Katzmark (Southbury), Jim Lang (Trumbull), George Linkletter (Sherman), Mike Muttitt, (Monroe), Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent),


From Charter: Greg Van Antwerp (Public Access), Heidi Vandenbrouck (Public Relations)


ROLL CALL: Members of the council introduced themselves. Chairman Davis reviewed the documents for tonight’s meeting.


PUBLIC INPUT- None


SERVICE PROVIDER REPORTS:

Greg Van Antwerp- (Public Access) spoke of the following:

Heidi Vandenbrouck (Public Relations)



COUNCIL TREASURY REPORT

Treasurer George Linkletter noted that the current balance is:


Since there were no objections, the treasury report was approved.


There was a discussion of funding for the Cable Advisory Council.


Jim Lang made a motion to request an increase in funding from Charter for the Advisory Council to $4,500 per year. Jon Bernon seconded the motion.

Vote: All in favor- except George Fletcher opposed and Carmella Amodeo abstained)


OLD BUSINESS

January minutes- Since there were no objections, the minutes were approved. It was noted that minutes are available on the website.


TOWN DELEGATE REPORTS

Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent) - noted that the Kent First Selectman expressed concerns about Charter not offering a la carte services. Heidi Vandenbrouck spoke of the possibility of a “skinny bundle” with Charter in the future.


George Linkletter (Sherman) spoke of a power outage that happened approximately 10 days ago. He received two complaints from customers regarding how long it took to get cable back and their dissatisfaction with Charter Customer Service Representatives.


Paul Katzmark asked about Charter honoring NY laws in Connecticut if the merger goes through. Specifically, he was interested in knowing if Charter will honor the NY law that gives high speed internet for $19.95 for Senior Citizens. Heidi Vandenbrouck will look into this.


COUNCIL CHAIRMAN REPORT

SVAC Report

Chairman Davis spoke of the Statewide Video Advisory Council and recent decisions that they made. It was noted that the SVAC Chairman has been reelected. Mr. Davis encouraged council members to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, Match 9th. Jim Lang suggested that Charter Cable Advisory members be put on the SVAC email list.


PURA Annual Report

Chairman Davis spoke of everything that is included in the PURA Annual report.


Cable Industry News Desk- None




Legislative Initiatives

Chairman Davis spoke of legislative initiatives for 2016 and noted that he received a letter back from Representative Arthur O’Neil encouraging the council to get the bill through the legislature. It was suggested getting a cosponsor for Representative O’Neil. There was a brief discussion of the best strategy for this.


Strategic Initiatives

There was a discussion of current bills specifically Senate Bill 104, and PEGPETIA funding and subscriber fees.


OPEN FORUM

Jim Lang spoke of the restoration of PEGPETIA funding.


ADJOURNMENT

Gregory Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:31pm. Seconded.

Vote: All in favor



Respectfully submitted,


Suzanne Kloos

Cable Advisory Council Regular Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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