CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:06 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2008 by Chairperson Carmella Amodeo at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.
ATTENDEES: Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent), Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), George Linkletter (Sherman), Jim Lang (Trumbull), Carl Braun (Woodbury), George Fletcher (New Milford), Kate Donahue (Trumbull). John Bell (Kent), Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Tom Joyner (Sherman), Ron Judson (Woodbury)
From Charter: Greg Van Antwerp (Community Access), Tom Cohan (Gov’t Relations), Paula Cecchetelli (Marketing), Tom Horan (Operations)
PUBLIC INPUT: None.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes from September, 2008 meeting with changes. George Linkletter motion, Carl Braun second, approved 9-0-1.
Motion to accept the report by Ron Judson, second by George Linkletter, approved 9-0-1.
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT.
Paula Cecchetelli highlights
· Handed out franchise map for Connecticut
· There will be a rate increase effective 1/1/09 – bundling all services continues to be the best value
· You’ll get a 2 year guarantee on pricing if you call in after the increase
· Broadcast switch to digital on 2/17/09 – cable systems must offer broadcast station sin both digital and analog form for 3 years per the FCC
Greg Van Antwerp shared that Charter had won the Green Circle Award from the CT Dept of Environmental Protection for the tape recycling program. They taped careers fairs in Trumbull and Newtown.
OLD BUSINESS: None
§ Video competition for 2009 – leave retired
§ Grant program for 2009
o We are financially sound so we should repeat the program in 2009
o Jim Lang will bring forms for review to our next meeting
o Need to decide at next meeting: deadline, $$ to set aside, selection committee
§ New member – Tom Joyner from Sherman. Was on the Council 1998-2003 is the BOE Rep for Sherman
o They were given a verbal commitment from Charter to wire Sherman HS
o The K-8 school is not wired to receive Channel 17
o Tom Cohan will work to resolve with Sherman BOE
§ -Meeting schedule for 2009
o January 13, March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8 and November 10
o Motion to approve by George Fletcher, second by Gregory Davis. 10-0 in favor
The meeting was unanimously adjourned at: 9:00 PM. Respectfully submitted by: Kate