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May 9, 2006 Minutes
CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
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Minutes of Public Regular Meeting – Tuesday, May 9, 2006
There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:07 p.m., Tuesday, May 9,2006 by Chair, Carmella Amodeo at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.
John Gallichotle (Newtown), Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), Steve Donahue (New Milford), John Danscuk (Monroe), Carl DeVoe (New Milford), George Linkletter (Sherman), George Fletcher (New Milford), Carl Braun (Woodbury), Dottie Wenbald (Woodbury)
From Charter: Len Romano (marketing), Brian Downes (local technician’s manager), Bob Spain (government relation), John Palinkas
No Public present.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes approved (Motion by Linkletter, second by Donahue; 7 in favor, 2 abstained) .
Jill Zaloski was unable to attend. The treasurer’s report was not available at the time of the meeting. It will be included in next month’s meeting.
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT:
Wenbald stated that Hallmark appeals to he older viewer who may not have digital and that the pricing had not been made known to them at the time of the notice.
Romano indicated that Charter will be sending out a letter to clarify all of this and describe the offerings of the digital package.
It was emphasized by Amodeo and Devoe that this is the type of thing where it may be to Charter’s advantage to take advantage of the council as a sounding board.
Amodeo asked Charter if they would email changes that need to be acted on before the next meeting of the Council to its members for comment.
Various questions were asked on the ability of Charter to provide the Red Sox’s channel, The rate changes that are taking place, telemarketing calls, and support services available for Libraries that are considering going wireless
Devoe asked that they consider making it mandatory that all tapes contain credits at the end as a result of an issue he had encountered with a tape.
It was noted by Gallichotle that is not always easy to do and may be considered as dictating content.
Palinkas noted that they do require paperwork at this time.
This will be taken as advisement and considered per Spain.
Devoe noted that Charter doesn’t do a good job in making the public aware of their effort in programs like this that give back to the community. Spain agreed and recognized that the community always hears the bad and not the good and this is a communication area they need to work on.
Wenbald asked if the Council will be getting more involved with the Internet and Telecommunications services that Charter provides. Spain answered no. These areas are dictated by laws which Charter is required to follow.
COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE:
Lang was not present so there was no presentation of the “mail bag”. No other correspondence was brought to the table.
Video Festival: Zaloski not present. No report.
Grant Process: Devoe provided a copy of the previous Grant letter and application. It has been scanned and is attached for he Council’s review. Discussion will take place at the July meeting.
Officer election: A request for nominations was made by Amodeo to be accepted at the next meeting
No new business was brought to the attention of the Council.
The meeting was unanimously adjourned at: 8:45 PM.
Respectfully submitted by: Carmella Amodeo, Chair.
Cable Advisory Council