For Charter Communications NW CT Area 19
PO BOX 87, Newtown CT 06470
7pm, Tuesday 13 November 2012 at Charter Communications - Community Vision 21 Studio, 11 Commerce Road, Newtown CT 06470
September 2011 Advisory Council Meeting Motions for PURA Advisory Action:
lost in PURA "UNDOCKETED FILINGS" . WIP to open new docket(s) or as fallback, refile under the 2013 Annual Community Access Review docket when it is opened the first week of January 2013. Pending action/review by PURA:
R19CAC-12-09-11-M1 Prime Directive
R19CAC-12-09-11-M4 Access Interconnection
R19CAC-12-09-11-M5 Travel Expense Reimbursement
Strategic Action Committee Report,
9 Oct 2012 Minutes Published. Ideas Exchanged, A Work In Progress.
Next meeting: 7pm Tuesday 11 December 2012 - Newtown Municipal Center
Interested parties / new members are invited.
Statewide Video Advisory Council Report, 24 October 2012 Meeting, Peter Seilman Co-Chairman presiding.
1. Legislative Committee Report - Ed Pizella Chairman - CAP area 12, Cox Manchester re: Docket No. 12-05-03 Final Decision:
Investigation of Cox Cable's Provision of Community Access Channels
a. Docket Case 12-05-03 Opened by Cox Cable Advisory Council / with SVAC support to initiate PURA to ruling about Cox Cable System conversion to all digital signal transmission required the purchase of a digital decoder box that in effect denies citizens, ( ie..Senior Citizens with legacy Analog Televisions) the ability to view Community Access Programming. This action was taken without consultation of the advisory council.
b. Cox Cable Should therefore continue to provide decoder boxes free of charge to its customers.
c. PURA final decision concluded that digital transmission of Community Access Programming is permissible under the law. Cox Cable is not required to provide converter boxes free of charge under the law. Cox cable does not require approval from the Cable Advisory Council.
2. Technical Committee Report - Stephen Simonin - CAP area 20 - Cablevision of Litchfield - Presented a motion to request the CT Legislative Energy & Technology Committee to consider enacting a law to create an "OPEN VIDEO SYSTEM". A reporter from the Waterbury Republican Newspaper attended the SVAC meeting. His story became the Front Page Headline, published Sunday 11 November 2012, announcing
"CABLE MONOPOLIES TARGETED".
The Open Video System Proposal by Stephen Simonin, as reported in the Republican American Newspaper:
1. Restructure Cable Service business to model the deregulated CT Electric Power Industry:
2. Mandate that Cable companies must allocate all available cable signal bandwidth to television program signals in order to restore and maintain picture & sound quality.
3. Stimulate the creation of new jobs as cable companies must wire redundant cables to customer homes to support additional internet, local, and long distance telephone features.
Analysis by Gregory Davis
1. It would be strategically and economically unfeasible to wire redundant Electric Power Delivery Wires to customer homes. Therefore, there will only ever be ONE set of Electric Utility Power Wires to each Customer Home. This is the foundation of the de-regulated business model. The monthy bill itemizes the power generation cost and delivery cost components. The Electric Power Delivery Company performs the billing, collection, and funds distribution.
2. There are now multiple opportunites for television, internet, voice, and data services to enter a customer home. These interconnections include: POTS, ATT U-Verse, FIOS, Cable Television, Community Antenna Distribution, Over-the-Air Broadcasting, Satellite Television from Dish & Direct, and Wireless Cellular Systems. Because there is no single point funnel for delivery of Video/Data/Communication services, the Electric Utility De-regulated business model cannot be applied.
3. The Open Video Systems Proposal would allow Charter Subscribers, to select programming from the other providers, including, but not limited to, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, CableVision, Metrocast, and more. While this idea may sound like monopoly busting, it is mis-directed. The Monopolies are actually formed by the program content distributors, not the cable companies. US Copyright protects the rights of content creators, who have chosen to market their works through contracted negotiators, ie Disney (ABC/ESPN), General Electric (NBC), Viacom (CBS), News Corp (Fox), etc. These aggregated content creator/distributor cartels have no interest in marketing their copyrighted products "a-la-carte", unless it can be made to generate additional profits without diluting the growth of the current revenue model.
4. The Republican American Newspaper Headline "CABLE MONOPOLIES TARGETED" article about the discussion of the "Open Video Systems" proposal at SVAC meeting, assumes that Cable Television remains a regulated monopoly utility. The CT PA 07-253 eliminated the monopoly regulation with the introduction of the "Statewide Video Provider" license and operating business model.
5. The Open Video Systems Proposal asks that content delivery on cable system wires be restricted to "Television Programs" only so that signal quality can be maintained at a maximum level. If cable companies wish to deliver other products or servcies, they should install another set of cables to the customer homes. While this may seem like an innovative make-work concept, it fails in light of the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.
6. Asking the CT Legislature's Energy & Technology Committee to think about this proposal is overall, not a bad idea. It will likely come to the above conclusions in short order. However, the fact remains, it is not in the public interest to allow monopolization of content delivery to restrict freedom of access to public information. Further, It is simply wrong to force senior citizens on limited incomes to in effect subsidize the sports channels they do not want, if they desire to watch the history channel or TCM. Bundled program content delivery is a tangled nest of entrenched special interests forcing the upward spiral of content costs. The SVAC Technical and Legislative committees should be tasked with recommended language which could be adopted by the CT Legislature.
PEGPETIA GRANT SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
1. New Superintendant to Region 12: Dr. Patricia Cosentino stated publically in June 2012 her intent to revive the Educational Television Channel Asset.
2. My Telecon to Dr. Cosentino in July to inform her of the PEGPETIA grant opportunity to help fund the to Educational Access Initative. Dr. Cosentino delegated followup action to K. Fildes. Further Telcon Advice to K Fildes provided knowledge to research approved PEGPETIA grants of similar nature. K Fildes
3. Region 12 PEGPETIA Grant Application was filed on time for the 4th quarter PURA review. The full document can be found at PURA website under Docket No. 12-11-03.
COMMUNITY & EDUCATIONAL ACCESS TELEVISON INTERCONNECTION SURVEY
A ATT U-Verse survey of the available Community & Educational Access Program Channels was provided to me 11 Nov 2012 by a U-Verse subscriber. I have created a chart of towns & channels with this informaion.
1. There are 24 Designated Community Access Provider Areas, as defined by geographical characteristics of Cables System buildouts and documented on the PURA Cable Franchise Map. Please find the Full Color version at the PURA website under CATV, "additional information".
2. The Community Access Support fees collected by Cable and Video Program service providers are paid to the Designated Community Access Providers established in each of the 24 Cable System Franchise areas.
3. Each Certificate of Cable Franchise Authority (CCFA) license holder, ie the Cable Companies, funds the operation of the Community Access Provider directly, or transfers the subscriber fees to a third party not-for-profit (501c3) company which has become the designated Community Access Provider operation. CCFA (cable company) license holder also funds the local Cable Advisory Council.
4. Each Certificate of Video Franchise Authority (CVFA) license holder, (ie AT&T U-Verse), transfers the Community Access subscriber fees which it collects directly to the designated Communty Access Provider for the cable franschise territory in which it competes. The CVFA license holder also funds the Statewide Video Advisory Council.
5. Independently operated 501c3 not for profit Designated Community Access Providers are widely available on ATT U-Verse (except CAP Area 2)
6. The Designated Community Access Provider Television channels NOT available on ATT U-Verse include the designated Community Access Provider Areas 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,13,19,20,21,22,23,24.
7. COX Cable has established interconnection with ATT U-Verse in designated CAP area 12.
8. ATT U-Verse assists with interconnections of Community Access Television Stations which are not designated CAP's, including Government and Educational Access Televison stations.
9. Charter Communications operates the Designated Community Access Provider with 2 Studio Production locations in CAP area 19. (Newtown & Winsted)
10. Charter Communications provides a local access channel in the following areas, listed below. *Trumbull, *New Fairfield, & *Monroe (3 of 13) Educational/governament access channels have interconnected with ATT U-Verse. These specific geographic areas of channel coverage deliver high value for local access. There is no law or regulation preventing the sharing of the educational access channel with local governments, and is generally found to be in the public interest to promote it. Charter provides unique local educational access (Channel 17) for the following districts:
(T= townwide; R-nn = Regional School district)
T New Milford (+Northville), Sherman
*T Monroe (+Stepney & Upper Stepney)
T Brookfield (+Brkfld Center)
*T New Fairfield
R-14 Woodbury, Bethlehem
R-12 Washington (+ Wash.Depot), Bridgewater, Roxbury
T Winchester (+Win Ctr, Winsted)
R-07 Hew Hartford (+Bakersville, Nepaug), Barkhamsted, Colebrook
It is indeed a pleasure to have Kinson B. Perry, AT&T Area Manager - External & Legislative Affairs, as a guest of the Advisory Council to assist answering questions about ATT U-verse Access interconnection.