CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:08 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2007 by Chairman, Carmella Amodeo at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.
ATTENDEES: Kate Donahue (Trumbull), Carl Braun (Woodbury), Ron Judson (Woodbury), George Fletcher (New Milford), Gregory Davis (Roxbury), John Bell (Kent), Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), Eugene Rosen (Newtown), Deborah Cox (Trumbull), Jim Lang (Trumbull), George Linkletter (Sherman)
From Charter: Greg Garabedian(VPGM) , Dennis Jerome (Director Marketing, New England CMA), Brian Downes (CT Operations Manager), Greg Van Antwerp (community Access).
Public: Joseph Bongiorno
Joseph Bongiorno, Brookfield, CT Made comments in regard to programming content. He would like to see more foreign programming and news. Cablevision and Comcast both offer Italian, French, BBC World News, New England Cable News, Connecticut Public Television, New England SportsChannels. Charter makes foreign programming available in other markets.
Dennis Jerome responded for Charter. Many issues with these programming networks: cost, bandwidth, and demand. Charter does surveys to ask about new channels. Council suggested specifically asking questions about current and potential channels
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes from May 8, 2007 meeting. Greg Davis motion, Deborah Cox second, unanimous acceptance.
Jill Hamilton has resigned. She is moving to Georgia. Carmella has had to set up a new account that is for the organization as a non-profit (as opposed to being in the Treasurer’s name). Need a Treasurer. Not much work. Jill did create the 2007 invoice for Charter. We have $6,216.51 in checking account, $10,947.46 in the money market and approximately $11,000 in a CD. Carl Braun nominated and unanimously approved. He will be working to lower the web hosting bill.
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT.
Georgia Griffith has left Charter, the new VP/GM for New England is Greg Garabedian. He has been with Charter for 7 years and been in the cable television business for over 20 years. Engineering and technical background.
Bob Spain has also left Charter. No replacement has been named yet.
Dennis reported there are no plans for price increases or programming changes at this time.
COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE:
Jim Lang made a motion and Carl Braun seconded it requesting Charter to provide us with a copy of the Charter response to the DPUC telephone accessibility compliance notification. Carl asked if Charter can offer more HDTV stations. Charter is working on it. Eugene shared that he got great feedback from a customer who had a problem and which Charter solved.
Video Festival: John Bell contacted the founders of the Kent Film Festival to discuss moving the Video Festival to that venue. Greg Van Antwerp from Charter attended the meeting with John and was very helpful. There are stumbling blocks. Charter is one of the sponsors of the Kent Film Festival. The Galtieros offered to take over managing the Video Festival for a fee. The group discussed the issue and it was determined that the Video Festival may have run its course as a Council activity. Charter is looking at other ways to continue to honor James Diaz work in community access – perhaps an internship program. Motion to discontinue sponsorship of and formal participation in the James Diaz Film Festival. John Bell motion, Greg Davis second. Unanimous.
Grant Process: Hold for next meeting. Need to see Carl’s letter and application. Jim Lang raised the issue of a parochial school applying – is there any reason to discourage them for doing so? Carmella suggested we need to think more about the implications of broadening the outreach. Jim will talk to Carl to clarify and move forward. Greg Davis asked about using the grants for video capabilities at a senior center and it was determined that we need to resolve the school grant process before we move on to other constituencies.
Website. Asked Charter to add the Council’s website address (cableadvisorycouncil.com) to subscriber bills. Greg Davis volunteered to take over management of the website. He will review the site and make recommendations at our next meeting.
Jim Lang thanked Charter for supporting the Rotary Trumbull Business Expo. They got great feedback about the event.
George Fletcher will take over Membership. He needs the updated list.
Welcome Ron Judson to the Council.
The meeting was unanimously adjourned at: 9:13 PM. Respectfully submitted by: Kate Donahue, Secretary.