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For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19

PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470

Email Chairman@CableAdvisoryCouncil.com

CABLE ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN REPORT

-Gregory G. Davis


7pm, Tuesday 09 July 2013


SVAC REPORT


  1. Meeting held at Baci's in Cromwell, 26 June 2013, was well attended.

  2. Motions were raised and approved to accept the treasurer's report, and to adjourn.

  3. No representatives from Cablevision, or Cox were present.

  4. Kinson Perry, ATT spokesman reported:


ATT policy will continue to connect existing educational and government access channels directly to the U-Verse System. Legacy Cable Compay CAP's will be separately negotiated.

Connection agreement has been signed with Cox.

Connection agreement negotiation is proceeding with Comcast.

Unofficially, ATT connection agreement negotiation with Charter is on hold, until after Comcast agreement is completed.


INTERCONNECT REPORT:


Refer to separate Report: EMAIL COMMUNICATION: From: PERRY, KINSON B

kinson.perry@att.com


From the May Meeting: Council Decision R19CWAC-13-05-14-M1 CAP Interconnect Help: Advising Charter to present a formal letter of request for connection negotiation assistance to PURA as specified in PURA Final decision of Docket 13-01-06, has not been acted upon by Charter.

Therefore the Official Charter statements that ATT can come get the Community Access Signals anytime is just window dressing.


ATT official statement that St. Louis lawyers are still working on the negotiation documents (6 years ongoing now) is a farce.


MOTION: R19CWAC-13-07-09-M1 CAP INTERVENOR






COUNCIL MEMBER SUBMISSIONS Relevant to Product & Service Policy Consideration


1. John Malone – TWC merger with Charter negotiations


2. John McCain – Cable TV done Right


DECISON by R19CWAC Cable Advisory Council R19CAC-13-03-12-M3-SportsFreeTier, as stated below, warrants continued advisory council legislative initiative.


With full respect to Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution The PURA Area 19 Cable Advisory Council (R19CWAC) has decided that improved fairness of rates and expanded choices to citizens and subscribers of digital programming content by CT CCFA and CVFA license holders aby adopting the following principles to be adopted in either / both CT CATV Regulation and CT CGA legislation:


1. A SPORTS HEAVY extended Basic service, appropriately priced to cover the programming costs for Sports channels devoting more than 25% of peak viewing hours to sports, (ie… ESPN, ESPN2, NESN, Golf, MSG+, MSG, YES, Speed, NBC Sports Net channels, etc…)


2. SPORTS FREE extended Basic service, appropriately priced to reflect the cost discount of properly shifting the programming costs to the subscribers who desire the sports content.


3. Implement a non-bundled, or more commonly called A' La Carte program option beyond the basic tier for cable customers.



CAP Related Changes in CGA LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDING June 2013


CT CGA HB6704 origination, passed as CT Public Act 13-184,


Sec. 100. (Effective July 1, 2013) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 16-331cc of the general statutes, the sum of $ 3,400,000 shall be transferred from the public, educational and governmental programming and education technology investment account and credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.


Sec. 101. (Effective July 1, 2013) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 16-331cc of the general statutes, the sum of $ 3,500,000 shall be transferred from the public, educational and governmental programming and education technology investment account and credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.


Sec. 108. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of section 16-331bb of the general statutes, no amount shall be deposited into the municipal video competition trust account established in section 16-331bb of the general statutes for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2014, and June 30, 2015.





FUTURE OF COMMUNITY ACCESS


The Future of Community Access Television is NOT SECURE. Legislative shortcomings in PA07-253 allow Cable TV Companies to interpret the law for commercial advantage which threatens the existence of the Cable Advisory Councils and their service to the designated community access providers. This is a total corruption to the spirit of the institution of community access television and the prime directive for the advisory council to “PROMOTE AND PROTECT A SECURE FUTURE FOR COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION” as adopted by R19CWAC Council Decision R19CWAC-12-19-11-M01.


ONGOING MIS-USE OF COMMUNITY ACCESS PROVIDER SUBSCRIBER FEES FOR WILDLY EXPENSIVE LAWSUITS AND LEGISLATIVE LOBBY EFFORTS HAVE RESULTED in Long Term impacts on Region 1 & 2 PEG Access TV, All CT P-E-G Community Access Television Providers, and all Cable Advisory Councils.

This in-escapable conclusion is found in the following public documents:


HHD-CV12-6034434-S - SOUND VIEW COMMUNITY MEDIA, INC. v. (PURA)

CT PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY

Trial date 27 June 2013 Decision date: 21 August 2013

LINK: http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail/PublicCaseDetail.aspx?DocketNo=HHDCV126034434S


Docket Number: 11-07-09

Docket Title: PURA Declaratory Ruling of the Sound View Community Media, Inc.

Final Decision 110709-020112.doc addressing the following:


Language contained in CGS 16-331ff & 16-331gg Passed under a late night amendment maneuver to 2008 Senate bill #677 - “To prohibit state employees from taking state-issued computers from their place of employment if the computer contains personal and confidential information.” with PA08-159 language was swapped into the bill, Containing obfuscatory language evident as follows:

(a) Any third-party nonprofit community access provider serving six municipalities, one of which has a population of more than one hundred thirty thousand, shall, upon request from any town organization, authority, body or official within its service territory, provide written consent, pursuant to its service provider agreements, for said town organization, authority, body or official to (1) operate education and government public access channels in that town, and (2) engage freely and directly the community antenna television company providing services in that town to use their headend equipment for dissemination of town-specific community access programming on such channels. Said third-party nonprofit community access provider must grant such written consent to said requesting town organization, authority, body or official within three business days. Written consent not provided within three business days shall be deemed granted.



These are issues and topics for the next meeting of the Advisory Council Strategic Action committee 13 August 2013, action from the State-wide video Advisory Council, and for LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE from all advisory councils in the state.


SEPARATE REPORT: Future of Community Access-2





WHAT IS BASIC CABLE


Unsolicited Charter Cable Promotions Department Telephone Sales Call:


Question: What is the LOWEST COST FOR BASIC CABLE SERVICE?

Answer: The Lowest cost basic service we offer is the “Select Silver” package for $59.99 per month. Cable decoder boxes are additional at $5.99 per month for each one. 125 channels are included from the limited and expanded basic tiers.


Question: Is there any lower cost Basic Cable service available?

Answer: NO


Telephone conversation initiated with a Charter Sales agent on 9 July 2013:


Question to Agent: What is the cost of Basic Cable without expanded Basic Channels?

Answer: Legacy Analog channels continue to be available for $25.99 per month.


Question to Agent: Is there any possible way to know that Basic Cable Service at $25.99 per month exists, without having prior knowledge about the legacy service?

Answer: NO.


Question to Agent: Are any HD channels available in the Basic Cable Service?

Answer: Yes, if you rent a Charter HD box for $5.99 per month, or provide your own HD Decoder box.


Observation:


Charter Cable internet website does not offer:

Any information about access to Basic Cable Channel Line up or service costs.

Any information about standard Line Card rates for non-promotional cable service packages without bundling with other services.


Observation:


ATT U-Verse Internet Web site offering: $19 / month – up to 20 channels,

It is also noted that the Basic Channel line up lists 81 channels.

A (negotiable) $200 up front one time installation fee is required.

Regular non-promotional Service and package pricing is available on the ATT.com Uverse internet pages.


Cable Advisory Council CAP region 19 - Charter Communications Western,

Motion R19CWAC-13-07-09-M2 BASIC CABLE.


Sincerely,

Gregory G. Davis, KB1YHW

Chairman,  Cable Advisory Council - R19 Charter-Western