CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –
Tuesday, July 8 2008
There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2008 by Vice Chairman, Jim Lang at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut. Chairperson, Carmella Amodeo arrived at 7:08 p.m.
ATTENDEES: John Bell (Kent), Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent), Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), Eugene Rosen (Newtown), Gregory Davis (Roxbury), George Linkletter (Sherman), Donna Cassidy (Trumbull), Jim Lang (Trumbull), Carl Braun (Woodbury)
From Charter: David Glanovsky (CT Operations replaced Brian Downes), Greg Van Antwerp (community Access), Tom Cohan (Gov’t Relations), Dennis Jerome (Marketing)
Public: Vincent J. Russo of Woodbury, Tom Joiner of Sherman
Vincent J. Russo of Woodbury addressed the group regarding NESN believes it is a monopoly. He expressed his desire to have Red Sox coverage.
Charter response by Mr. Jerome – They can only carry NESN in Litchfield per NESN, they protect the inner market of the teams. Gene Rosen did indicate he did get NESN in Newtown. NESN would require that all Charter subscribers be charged $3 for the carriage whether or not their package included it and they would have to remove YES. It can not be provide like an on-demand channel. These issues are not negotiation issues but rather business decisions.
Tom Joiner of Sherman, presented a letter he had sent to the Chair and Tom Cohen and requested answers to several questions posed. The original letter is attached to the minutes along with a couple of hand outs he provided members.
Summary of answers:
HDTV service – Charter indicated that in some instances they are limited by the providers and continue to work on expanding the number of channels offered
PBS does not always have a picture due to the fact that they do not broadcast 24 hrs/day
Technical Cable TV issues – Nothing Charter can do to level out the volume difference between channel 3 and other channels. Mr Joiner had already spoken to an audio tech and was satisfied with the answer
Charter recognized the problem of the overlaid advertisements not finishing at the same time as the original one does. They air based on the time provided by the broadcaster. Comcast spotlight does the ad insertions and they are looking into it.
Throttling – Practices that Charter is using are in-line with industry standards. They are comfortable that their network capabilities can handle all the services they currently provide. They use channels to segment the bandwidth.
Privacy – Charter assured the Council that they have not implemented the NebuAd program. They were going to trial it but it is not in place right now. They do not feel it violates the customer privacy and is in line with other industry activities so they did not indicate that it would not be implemented in the future.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes from May 13, 2008 meeting. Gene Rosen motion, Donna Cassidy second, approved 9-0.
Motion to accept the report by Greg Davis, second by Donna Cassidy, approved 9-0.
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT.
Tom Cohan reported that the DPUC had three items under discussion:
1. AT&T reporting requirements
a. Certificate of Cable Franchise holders no longer need to file monthly reports. Only the annual report is required
2. Basic service rates
a. Once competition is recognized by the DPUC it will mean the deregulation of the basic rate
3. AT&T needs municipal approval for the placement of their “refrigerator boxes”
a. Those already in place are not affected only future install are.
Tom also indicated that the LIN issue over WTNH and WCTXC is now resolved
This fall they will renegotiate with all of their carriers.
AT&T has requested an interconnect for local channels. They require Charter to equip their end to be compatible so they can send streaming video. Other Cable companies are also working through this process
Dennis Jerome highlights
· They were given notice that they have to block out WABC in Litchfield County. This does not affect Fairfield County.
· Oxygen will move to Expanded Basic in September
· All digital network is coming but will not affect any existing customers
Greg Van Antwerp handed out the Take-1 newsletter. He pointed out that in addition to the community productions, mobile shoots and Internships they are offering a Camcorder Clinic for anyone who is interested. The dates and times would be announced.
COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE:
The mailbox had not been checked prior to the meeting. All official reports are no available online.
News 12 – No new developements
Chairperson – Carmella Amodeo – unanimous
Vice Chair – Jim Lang – moved Cassidy, second Carl, unanimous
Treasure – Carl Braun – moved Lang, seconded Linkletter, unanimous
Secretary – Kate Donahue and Donna Cassidy – moved Jim, Second George, unanimous
The meeting was unanimously adjourned at: 9:20 PM. Respectfully submitted by: Carmella Amodeo, Chair