CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:04 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Chairman Gregory Davis at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.
ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Gerry Belanger ( Newtown), Jon Bernon (Woodbury), Kevin Burns (Newtown), George Fletcher (New Milford), Paul Katzmark (Southbury), Carol Kearns (Harwinton), George Linkletter (Sherman), Mike Muttitt, (Monroe), Bob Rosenberg (New Fairfield) and Harry Schuh (Harwinton), Suzanne Kloos (Recording Secretary).
From Charter: Greg Van Antwerp (Public Access), Heidi Vandenbrouck (Public Relations)
ROLL CALL: Members of the council introduced themselves and Chairman Gregory Davis reviewed the packets for tonight’s meeting.
PUBLIC INPUT- None
SERVICE PROVIDER REPORTS:
Heidi Vandenbrouck (Public Relations)
The merger between Comcast & Time Warner failed with some consequences for Charter. She described the “New Charter” initiative & direction.
Charter has started a new venture called “Charter- Our Community” which helps homeowners refurbish their homes. They are working with an organization called “Rebuilding Together” which helps refurbish homes throughout the country. The goal is to help 25,000 homeowners by 2020.
Jon Bernon thanked Heidi for her help with a customer that was having an issue.
Jon Bernon asked about wifi access points in the community for Charter customers.
George Fletcher asked for a channel listing. There was a suggestion of providing a downloadable spreadsheet that customers can customize and delete channels that they don’t watch.
Members asked Heidi questions regarding pixelization.
Greg Van Antwerp- (Public Access) spoke of the following:
Charter Newsletter from September/October
The next Advanced training program will begin on October 1st.
Charter has been collaborating with Heritage Village.
The Southbury League of Women Voters is interested in recording a debate.
Charter will not do an election program this year.
Gregory Davis asked about dual broadcasting and telecast of producer programming for community access television in both of the Charter Western Cable distribution systems.
COUNCIL TREASURY REPORT
Treasurer George Linkletter presented the Treasurer’s. The net balance is $19,926.65. There were no objections and thus the Treasurer’s report was accepted.
George Linkletter and Gregory Davis went to the bank and changed signatures which will be effective September 11th.
Minutes from July meeting
George Linkletter made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2015 meeting as presented. Seconded. All in favor
Reports from the delegates- Chairman Davis noted that this was added to the agenda to allow delegates to give information or ask questions regarding their respective towns. No information was given at this time.
COUNCIL CHAIRMAN REPORT
SVAC Report- Gregory Davis noted that the last SVAC meeting was cancelled. A final copy of the revised by-laws has not been received.
Cable Industry News Desk- Chairman Gregory Davis reviewed Cable news from July 2015 to September 2015. Full articles are available on the CAC website. Mr. Davis spoke of a website called NewBay Media (www.nbmedia.com). This allows users to see trends in the industry. Current trends in the industry include cord cutting and Over the Top subscribers.
Save our Community Access Providers
Chairman Gregory Davis spoke of the Prime Directive of the council and noted that a main objective of the council should be to promote and protect a secure future for Community Access providers. Mr. Davis gave a brief history of what the council has done so far to promote this and suggested sending a more focused message to legislators. There was a discussion of a draft decision and it was decided to discuss this further at the October Strategic Action Committee meeting.
Jon Bernon made a motion to refer this action to the Strategic Action Committee for further discussion. Seconded. All in favor
George Linkletter made a motion to send the following letter to Tom Cohan at Charter Communications: “Please advise the Council on how to be effective in its recommendation to Charter Communications that it upgrade the Community Access Channels to high definition video transmission over the cable system.” Seconded. All in favor
Gregory Davis spoke of other issues that the Council may want to focus on in the near future. These include saving funding for PEGPETIA, updating the existing provision to include senior centers and emergency operations centers with free basic service, update existing provision to permit annual PURA review of the CAC support fee and to restore funding for PEGPETIA by properly adjusting the Gross Earnings Tax.
George Linkletter made a motion to discuss the previous initiatives at the Strategic Action Committee meeting. Seconded. All in favor.
OPEN FORUM- None
Gregory Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:25pm. Seconded.
Vote: All in favor
Cable Advisory Council Regular Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, September 8, 2015