CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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:
Provided members with the Public Access Report for January- March 2016 and the CTV192 Newsletter for March/April 2016.
A group from Heritage Village is being trained to produce their own program.
Training sessions were held for the Danbury Area Computer Society.
The Winter Advanced Video Training Course began in February. There were 15 participants.
The next Advanced Training program begins in May.
There was a truck shoot called “Minds in Motion” at Masuk High School for students in grades K-8 and another truck shoot called the Mad Hatters Chorus.
A Masuk High school student did their Capstone project at Charter.
It is hopeful that Educational and Community Access TV will come to Heritage Village in the near future.
Heidi Vandenbrouck (Public Relations)
New York and New Jersey have approved the merger with Time Warner Cable. California will have a decision soon.
Charter Community is working with Rebuilding Together and Homefront. The next event will be held on May 7th.
There is a new newsroom site on the Charter.com website.
Spoke of a Spectrum store opening in Worcester, MA and showed pictures.
COUNCIL TREASURY REPORT
Treasurer George Linkletter noted that the current balance is:
$16,303.65- Money Market
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)
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
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
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.
There was a discussion of current bills specifically Senate Bill 104, and PEGPETIA funding and subscriber fees.
Jim Lang spoke of the restoration of PEGPETIA funding.
Gregory Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:31pm. Seconded.
Vote: All in favor
Cable Advisory Council Regular Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, March 8, 2016