P. O. Box 87

Newtown, Connecticut

~ Minutes ~

Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Newtown, CT

There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:04 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Chairman Gregory Davis at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.

ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Gerry Belanger (Newtown), Jon Bernon (Woodbury), Douglas Branson (Kent), Donna Cassidy (Trumbull), George Fletcher (New Milford), Lindsey Kelkres (Southbury), Jim Lang (Trumbull), George Linkletter (Sherman), Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent) and Gene Rosen (Newtown), Bob Rosenberg (New Fairfield), Charles Rubano (New Milford) and Terry Sullivan (Southbury)

From Charter: Greg Van Antwerp (Public Access)

ROLL CALL: Members of the council introduced themselves and Chairman Gregory Davis reviewed the packets for tonight’s meeting.



Greg Van Antwerp- (Public Access) spoke of the following:


The council discussed the 12-month Treasury report ending December 31, 2014. Approval of the Treasurer’s report was tabled until the next meeting.


Minutes from January meeting

Jim Lang moved to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2015 minutes as presented. All in favor except- George Linkletter and Terry Sullivan abstained)

Basic Service Tier Promotion

Gregory Davis noted that the Cable Advisory Council will continue to promote the Basic Service Tier package and will discuss it further at future meetings. There was a brief discussion of having First Selectmen and Senior Center in respective towns help promote the basic cable service. Gregory Davis will ask Charter for a list of channels and costs.




Chairman Davis spoke of a proposed draft revision for Save Our Community Access Providers (SOCAP).

CGS 16-331a (As written)

(k) The department shall establish the amount that the company or organization responsible for community access operations shall receive for such operations from subscribers and from multichannel video programming distributors.

(Proposed draft revision)

(k) The department shall establish the amount that the company or organization responsible for community access operations shall receive for such operations from all subscribers to any services of multichannel video programming distributors.

The Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That subsection (k) of title 16-331a of the general statutes be amended to allow companies or organizations responsible for community access operations to collect community access fees from all subscribers provided by multichannel video programming distributors including Internet, cable television and telephone.

There was a discussion of the vagueness of the word “allow”. It was decided that Chairman Davis will check with Representative O’Neill about amending this.

Chairman Gregory Davis read to the committee his oral testimony of February 19, 2015 CT Energy & Technology Committee Public Hearing for PHB-6436, PHB-6437, PHB-6438- An Act Stabilizing the Funding for the CT Institution of Community Access Television. Chairman Davis will send a letter to all committee members thanking them for the opportunity to speak. In this letter, he will add “Important Misconceptions to Clarify”.


Chairman Davis spoke of the request for future visions.

DR-R19CWAC-15-03-10-M1- Access Bits

MOTION: Donna Cassidy moved the Advisory Council to request a statement of future visions for community access programming in a market that now includes video programming “Over the Top” on the internet.

All in favor

This request will be sent to Mike Nelson at Channel 13- Charter Communications Western CT and Channel 14 Public Access Studio Charter Communications and Greg Van Antwerp at Charter Communications of Western CT and copied to Tom Cohan at Charter and Merja Lehtinen at the Statewide Video Advisory Council.

DR-R19CWAC-15-03-10-M2 Channel Order Logic

MOTION: Jon Bernon moved the cable advisory council to request that community access channels, CT-N & CSPAN be sequentially located adjacent in the channel line up.

All in favor

DR-R19CWAC-15-03-10-M3Easy Surf

MOTION: Donna Cassidy moved the cable advisory council to request that programming of the channel remote control for custom channel list ordering by simplified. Seconded- It was decided to table this motion until a future meeting.

DR-R19CWAC-15-03-10-M4 HD Access

MOTION: Donna Cassidy moved the cable advisory council to request that Community Access Programming be available in high definition over the Charter cable system.

All in favor- except George Flectcher)



Gregory Davis moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:46pm.

Cable Advisory Council Regular Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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