CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:04 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 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), Jim Lang (Trumbull), George Linkletter (Sherman), Mike Muttitt, (Monroe), Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent), Bob Rosenberg (New Fairfield) and Charles Rubano (New Milford)
From Charter: Greg Van Antwerp (Public Access)
Guest: Pua Ford (Bethany)
ROLL CALL: Members of the council introduced themselves and Chairman Gregory Davis reviewed the packets for tonight’s meeting.
Pua Ford from the Alliance for Community Media spoke of specifics of her organization. An Annual Conference will be held in Hartford on Friday, November 20th. Charter Advisory Council members were encouraged to attend. More information can be found at www.acm-ne.org
SERVICE PROVIDER REPORTS:
Greg Van Antwerp- (Public Access) spoke of the following:
Charter Newsletter from July/August
Lindsay Kelkres has replaced Megan Irwin at Charter
Charter is on West Conn’s Media Advisory council
Currently, 11 people are enrolled in Charter’s training program
Charter put on a panel discussion at the Danbury Area Computer Society
Two Weather Casts have been done
Four truck shoots have been done recently
The Facebook page is now CTV192
Charter won Beacon awards
Spoke of the features of Periscope
COUNCIL TREASURY REPORT
Treasurer Paul Katzmark presented the Balance Sheet and Income Statement dated January 2015-July 2015. The net balance is $19,907.19. There were no objections and thus the Treasurer’s report was accepted.
Minutes from May meeting
Bob Rosenberg moved to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2015 minutes as presented. All in favor except- George Linkletter abstained.
ANNUAL COUNCIL OFFICER ELECTION
The existing slate was proposed:
Gregory Davis- Chairman
Mike Muttitt- Vice Chairman
Kevin Burns- Secretary
Paul Katzmark- Treasurer
Paul Katzmark declined the nomination. George Linkletter was nominated at the last meeting and accepted the nomination.
There were no objections and the slate was approved.
COUNCIL CHAIRMAN REPORT
SVAC Report- Gregory Davis spoke of the Statewide Video Advisory Council held on May 27th and specifically the election for SVAC officers. There was a brief discussion of membership for the SVAC.
Cable Industry News Desk- Chairman Gregory Davis reviewed Cable news from May to July 2015. Full articles are available on the CAC website.
High Definition Access
Jim Lang moved to send the following letters to Director of Government Affairs for Charter Tom Cohan with a copy to Tom Shultes (CT PURA) and Merja Lehtinen (SVAC). All in favor
Please inform the council when Charter Communications plans to begin transmitting the Community Access Channels in high definition over the cable system.
Please be advised that the Charter.com website is in disarray. The option for accessing the basic service tier option is unavailable. Please fix these problems as soon as practical.
It was suggested that these motions be copied to Charter headquarters. Chairman Davis will follow up on this.
Paul Katzmark noted that Heritage Village in Southbury is renegotiating their contract with Charter.
Kevin Burns inquired about the posting of agendas on a timely basis. It was noted that agendas are sent to the First Selectman of every town.
The meeting adjourned at 8:32pm.
Cable Advisory Council Regular Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, July 14, 2015