CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
P .O. Box 87
Minutes of Strategic Action Committee Meeting –
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Newtown Municipal Center
A meeting of the Strategic Action Committee of the Cable Advisory Council was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Newtown Municipal Center, Newtown, Connecticut.
Chairman Gregory Davis called the meeting to order at 7:07pm.
ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Kevin Burns (Newtown), Jonathan Gibney (Brookfield), Paul Katzmark (Southbury), Jim Lang (Trumbull), George Linkletter (Sherman) and Ken Swain (Bridgewater)
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 and reviewed its contents.
PUBLIC INPUT- None
July Council Meeting Actions Update
Chairman Gregory Davis spoke of actions taken at the July 9th CAC meeting and the outcomes:
A letter was drafted for review prior to distribution to US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, US Senator Richard Blumenthal and US Senator Christopher Murphy expressing the CAC’s support of concepts expressed in an article written by John McCain in May 2013 entitled “Cable TV, Done the Right Way”. The summary of Senator McCain’s article was to support Al la Carte programming and spoke of how bundling programming basically amounts to a “Sports Tax”. There was a brief discussion of getting support from elected officials. Chairman Davis will encourage members of the CAC to write their own representatives on behalf of the council.
A letter was sent by Chairman Gregory Davis on behalf of the CAC relating the decision of the CAC at their July 9th meeting to encourage and advise Charter Communications to revive and continue the publication of the lowest cost Basic Cable offered at $19.00 per month. This letter was sent to Charter Director of Government Relations Tom Cohan and copied to Dr. Arthur House from PURA, Kinson Perry from At&T and Chairman of the Statewide Video Advisory Council Merja Lehtinen
Interconnection Status- Update
A letter was sent by Chairman Gregory Davis to PURA Chairman Dr. Arthur House c/o Kimberley Santopietro on behalf of the CAC requesting that a docket be opened with the CT PURA which recognizes the protracted Lack of Action between AT&T U-Verse and Charter Communication to Interconnect. This letter was copied to Charter Director of Government Relations Tom Cohan, AT&T Area Manger Kinson Perry and Statewide Video Advisory Council Chairman Merja Lehtinen. Chairman Davis noted that a response was received from PURA denying the request from the CAC. Chairman Davis went over the list of area towns where AT&T is available.
Chairman Davis presented a document to the SAC which provides a list and timeline of the Cable Advisory Council’s role in Interconnection. This document provides the motions made by the CAC in regard to Interconnection since September 11, 2012 and includes responses from PURA and Charter Communications.
Annual Treasurer Audit Committee
Jonathan Gibney noted that he has gone over the paperwork for the Annual Treasury Audit. George Linkletter has volunteered to serve on this committee as well.
Mr. Gibney noted that he has created a spreadsheet to keep track of travel reimbursement for council members.
Bylaws Review Committee
Kevin Burns, Jim Lang and Carmella Amodeo will serve on the Bylaws Review Committee. They will set up a meeting in the near future and report back to the Cable Advisory Council.
Membership outreach Committee
George Linkletter noted that the Membership Outreach Committee will meet before the next CAC regular meeting. Mr. Linkletter will contact the First Selectmen and Superintendents of Schools for area towns to encourage them to appoint members to the Cable Advisory Council.
SAC Mission Pool- Statement-Ballot
Chairman Gregory Davis spoke of the Future of Community Access and provided the SAC with a list of what needs to be done by the council. There was a brief discussion of the process for getting legislation passed.
Chairman Davis provided a list of things that the CAC may consider taking on in the future. They include: Administrative, Public Interest Advocate, Advisory Action for the CCFA License Holder, Advisory Action for CT PURA, Legislature, Statewide Cable and Statewide Video Advisory Councils, Advisory list of Action for Education and High Definition Thinking for Community Access.
A list of priorities was given at a previous SAC meeting. It is hopeful that this list can be prioritized into one list and posted to the website in the near future.
George Linkletter made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:46pm.
Vote 7-0-0 (Motion approved)
Cable Advisory Council Strategic Action Committee