Year

2010

15
Dec
2010

December 8, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – December 8, 2010

Joyce Listro, NH

Johnes Ruta, NH

Peaches Quinn, NH

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr., H

Shalita Sampson, H

Richard Gay, WH

Paul Scanlon, West Haven, new member

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    CTV representative not present.  Comcast representative not present.

Treasurer’s report by George: our website has been renewed for $401.20 to be hosted until Nov. 2017, which is when our url will expire.

Correspondence: we have gotten lots of correspondence from the DPUC; we get this in summary form online.  CTV needs to comply with their recent directives, which we can assess by our January meeting.  Comcast’s attorneys are involved in review of CTV’s bylaws and procedures at the request of the DPUC.

Peaches believes we are to be included in the review process as well; she has requested a schedule and documents to review from CTV.

Tad asked our treasurer, George, to present a new budget in February and Tad will start working on our annual report for the DPUC.

Peaches reports from CTV that she spoke with Joe Schofield today; he forgot to start sending her minutes of CTV board meetings for circulation to us prior to our meetings in case we have questions.  He will send in a day or two.  No update on their re-location—they are in negotiation with a location on Whalley Ave.

Meeting adjourned  6:15 p.m.

15
Nov
2010

November 3, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – November 3, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH

Shalita Sampson, H

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr., H

Richard Gay, WH

Joyce Listro, NH

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast representative

Joe Schofield, CTV representative

Meeting called to order 6:02 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    Minutes from Sept. meeting approved by vote.

Report from Comcast.  Johnes asked for update on Classic Arts Showcase, but there is none, as the Vice President of Marketing left Comcast and is yet to be replaced.  Issue appears to be on hold until there is someone else in that office.

Regarding the issue of the switch off of the Jets game that we got a complaint about, Sharon tells us that it was human error, that there is supposed to be someone who physically flip a switch, but there was not.  Sharon has taken the details and will ask for there to be attention to this issue on this Sunday, when channel 2 (out of New York) will need to carry feed from New York at 4:00 p.m.

Johnes asked Sharon about how to use the xfinity interface, and she says there are directions online.

CTV report from Joe Schofield-  technology issues have been arising on CTV broadcast during the day (shaky picture).  This appears to be due to the lines from CTV being underground with a new building on top, and there appears to be interference from the heat generators, because the shaky picture only occurs when the building is in use.  George inquired as to whether or not the equipment itself is FCC compliant.  UI and Comcast may need to go out there together to conduct tests.

CTV went down to the Field House, and again there is the issue of no one knowing where the return line is.  Someone suggested to Joe that if it were a loose looking wire, someone may have cut it.  CTV is going to go again, and if Sharon will give CTV a number to call, CTV will go first and look, and call Comcast to come down as well if they can’t find it. 

Joe says that people are still having distortion issues with Channel 96 (government channel); Joe suspects this is a problem that is specific to people on basic cable plans.  Comcast had been going out to refit the connections individually, because the connections are too old.  Also, the signal is being overmodulated by Comcast, so the channel appears too bright on television (for all Comcast subscribers).  The overmodulation is something that Comcast needs to address.

Tad asked about the relocation progress for CTV; they are looking at a place on Whalley Ave., and the engineer is looking at the possibilities for floor plans.  CTV is also still looking at possibilities in Hamden; one in particular is on State Street in Hamden, in the old A&P building across from the DMV.  CTV has money set aside  in their budget for relocation—about $55,000 currently, and hopefully $10,000 more by the end of the year.

Officers’ reports:  George brought copies of the bylaws (as revised August 19, 2006) for our newer members.  Also, our website posting (the hosting) is expiring at the end of November; George proposes that we renew for 3-5 years.  The price is about $50/year.  There may be the option of locking it in for 7 years, to expire at same time as our hold on the url.  Originally, they gave us 25 megabits for storage space for our emails.  George called to inquire, and they tell us we are allowed to have 1 gigabyte with no additional fee.  Tad moved that we renew our website lease, Johnes seconded.  Vote was unanimous for renewing.

Old business pertaining to DPUC Docket about 21st century conversations.  We have been designated as “intervenors” on the docket, which means we can submit perspectives as friends to the DPUC.  The hearing is tomorrow; most cannot attend because of work commitments.  George reminds us we’ll be able to read the proceedings of the DPUC meeting.  Richard agrees to go to the DPUC meeting in New Britain tomorrow.

New business pertaining to DPUC docket investigating the availability of Video Service offered by AT&T.  The DPUC has issued some interrogatories regarding how many customers they have, where they are available, etc.  Joe has contacted AT&T about the inability of CTV to view their own signal broadcast on AT&T, and also the need for AT&T to absorb the equipment costs upfront, and to provide maintenance of their equipment, the same way Comcast does, at CTV.  AT&T has thus far been unwilling to absorb liability for equipment maintenance.  Joe has inquiries out to other PEG providers (Waterbury) to see what deals they have made with AT&T.

Tad suggested Leon’s in New Haven for our December meeting, on Wednesday, December 8th, 6:00.

Meeting adjourned 7:06 p.m.

11
Oct
2010

October 6, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – October 6, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH

Peaches Quinn, NH

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr., H

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast representative

Joe Schofield, CTV representative

Meeting called to order 6:05 p.m. by Tad Weinstein. George moved to amend agenda to include discussion of latest DPUC docket 10-10-08, about the status of CTV as the public access provider.

Minutes from Sept. meeting approved online.

Report from Comcast.  New user program guide interface.  Comcast is working with new provider on getting program information included for CTV PEG channels.  Coming soon is the caller id feature whereby telephone calls will show up on television station.  Johnes asked if that feature would be optional, Sharon said it would be.  Johnes also asked if there would be an numerical indication of the volume level, as there had been with the old interface.  Peaches asked about lack of sync between audio and video; Jen reported this happens at her house regularly as well.  Sharon will inquire at Comcast about it, to see if there is a way to re-sync box and remote.  Tad asked for update about Comcast buyout of NBC; Sharon says the deal is not final, so there is not more information.   Johnes asked again about Classic Arts Showcase; Sharon will check again with marketing department at Comcast.  Joe asked if Sharon was aware of any other public access providers who are having titles included under their programs; Sharon says no other providers are doing so.  They disappeared when the interface changed, but CTV and Comcast are looking into how to do this again.  CTV has been paying for this service, and is willing to continue doing so.

Peaches gave a report of her attendance at the CTV board of directors meeting.  She gave a list of the suggested topics that CTAC and CTV could be communicating about.  Peaches requested that Joe or a representative of the board of CTV attend our meetings again.  Peaches and the CTV board agreed that the CTV program report could be submitted to us via email, as could the budget report and CTV board meeting minutes.  Peaches introduced Joe Schofield to the council and reiterated our interest in cooperation, which was echoed by Joe as well.

Joe indicated he would email to us a copy of the CTV rules and procedures for distribution to our group.  The CTV board is hoping to revise/update them before December, so we’ll receive the current rules and the proposed revisions before our November meeting, so that we can take action at that meeting, and they can take final action at their December meeting.  Joe indicated that he will need to be more cautious about what he discusses with us, so that he can respect the role of the Board of Directors of CTV, as pertains to policy creation for their organization, because ours is a public meeting.  So, rather than “announce” considered plans to the “public,” Joe will be more circumspect in some of his conversations with us.

Regarding the move of CTV, they have 3 spaces with public frontage in mind, yet they have a lease on this building, and don’t want to break the lease prematurely and lose the money it would take to cover the current lease.  Peaches asked if all three towns have possible spaces; Joe indicated that Hamden and New Haven are possibilities, West Haven does not appear to have a suitable space.  New Haven is currently favored to some extent because of the service of the buses available.  Joe said the final decision does not rest with him, it rests with the board.  Peaches reiterated that that was true.  When Joe is looking at spaces, he checks to see if AT&T is available in the new space, and he has not yet seen a space where AT&T is available.  Perhaps this is because they are looking at commercial space, and AT&T appears to be only rolling out to residential streets.  Joe is concerned that if CTV were to be carried by AT&T, there is no way for CTV to check their own signal if someone is having trouble.  Engineering-wise, they won’t be able to know where any problem originates, because there would be no way to check.  George and Tad asked if it was possible to ask AT&T would be willing to run a line to CTV.  Joe indicated that they would certainly ask as soon as they settle on a new space.  George suggested that CTV ask now, if that could be a game changer in terms of where CTV finally decides to relocate.  CTV still has other concerns about AT&T, but thus far this is their primary concern.  

Regarding CTV video on demand, they have all the recorded town meetings available through Windows media player online.  It is not streamed live; it takes a day or so to get the meeting footage up.  Joe says he cannot make any promises, but that live streaming may become a possibility in the next six months or so.  Johnes asked if there is a way to find a program schedule for CTV online; Joe says it is available online a month in advance. 

Peaches asked if the Hill House issue had been resolved, about live feed return lines.  CTV is going next week to do a system check; if it works, that would be the end of this issue.

Johnes raised the issue of 21st century conversations and N’Zinga Shani’s complaint.  Joe said this the producer admitted to a staff member a major violation of the producer rules.  Joe says there was no choice but to confront her or threaten suspension.  She never gave an accounting, she was suspended, rather than go through the CTV complaint procedures, she went straight to the DPUC.  The board said the DPUC needed to deal with the board, not the executive director (Joe Schofield), the board complained to the DPUC, the DPUC kicked it back to the board of CTV to handle, they indicated immediate reinstatement was possible, provided the producer would write a letter indicating she would comply with the rules.  Now, the DPUC has opened a docket to call into question CTV’s right to act as the public access provider.   Joe says it is weird that the DPUC is opening a docket in response to an issue of rule breaking that the producer admitted, and has now been resolved. 

George gave a personal suggestion to Joe to take to the Board, that it is incredibly hard to find information about who the board is on the website for CTV, and that this could be improved.  Peaches said she had a hard time finding the rules and procedures on the CTV site, and that the website could be simplified.  Jen suggested there be fewer links possible from the home page.  George suggested a site map be included. 

Jen asked when the current CTV producer rules were established; Joe says they were last voted on in 2000.

George submitted correspondence to us, including a letter sent to Joe at CTV from the mayor of New Haven, regarding New Haven appointments to our committee. One is for Peaches Quinn, one is for Paul Lukasiewicz, Christopher Korenowsky, NH city librarian, one is for Johnes Ruta, one is for Edward Maher, who used to be a member, but who resigned over two years ago.  Mr. Lukasiewicz has been unresponsive to Tad, though he will try again. 

We received several communications in support of N’Zinga Shani’s program.

Regarding new business, George tried to find information about the new docket filed by the DPUC about the status of CTV, but was unable to read any information. Sharon believes there is a way to try to sign up for email updates, and so will see if she can forward us this info.

Meeting adjourned  7:10.

15
Sep
2010

September 1, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – September 1, 2010

Joyce Listro, NH

Johnes Ruta, NH

Peaches Quinn, NH

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr., H

Shalita Sampson, Hamden

Richard Gay, West Haven

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    CTV representative not present.  Comcast representative not present due to illness.

George moved to approve the minutes; seconded; August minutes approved.

George raised the issue of Comcast high school senior scholarship; we have received a flyer from Comcast.

George reported on the correspondence we have received, including a letter from the DPUC regarding N’Zinga Shani’s complaint that was copied to us, requesting more information from each party (Shani and CTV) regarding their dispute, but we have no later update.

We got another letter as a courtesy regarding the status of the Groton franchise of Comcast and their version of CTV, which Comcast runs.  There is a candidate who would like to take over the running of their public access channel, and Comcast is supportive, yet the town of Groton is fighting it.  George wants the issue of CTV not providing feed to AT&T put on the agenda for our meeting next month, and Peaches agreed to raise the issue to the CTV board meeting.

Check from Comcast was finally received.

Peaches reported about the CTV July meeting that she attended.  CTV brought up the email from Joe Schofield of July 7 about why he would no longer be attending our meetings, and what was being alluded to regarding the legal liabilities our meetings may have subjected CTV to.  Their point of view is that for Joe Schofield to attend our meetings where the ASIM complaint was being considered, he may subject CTV to additional legal liabilities.  So, the CTV board and lawyer asked that he NOT attend our meetings.  CTV board would like to be informed about what topics we would like to have them address, so they can send a relevant board member to our meeting to answer the questions we might have for them.  Joe will come for meetings where we want program review reports, and other members of the CTV board would attend according to our interests, so long as they know in advance.

Johnes raised the issue of where we hold our meetings; George raised the issue that no public space is fully open to every member of the public, as there may be other reasons why other members of the public cannot enter other facilities (like schools, etc.)  In George’s opinion, we cannot move our meeting to accommodate one particular member of the public.  Tad and Joyce also pointed out that wherever we hold our meeting,  it requires that someone from whatever facility be available after business hours to let us in, etc. 

Peaches will attend this month’s meeting of the CTV board, and will ask for an updated financial report about CTV, and also about what is on the horizon regarding AT&T, etc.

George suggested that Peaches become the representative to the CTV board; Peaches agreed on the principle that other people can fill in for her if needed. 

Meeting adjourned  .

 

15
Aug
2010

August 4, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – August 4, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH
George Alexander, H treasurer
Tad Weinstein, WH chair
Jen Sacco, H secretary
Carl Lambert, Sr., H
Sharon Codeanne, Comcast
Shalita Sampson, Hamden (shalita.silva@gmail.com)
Richard Gay, West Haven (statewide57@sbcglobal.net)

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    CTV representative not present.

Introduction of new member.  July minutes approved online.  Comcast report from Sharon.  General discussion of Comcast/Blockbuster’s announcement of DVD service by mail, but details not yet available.

As there was no representative of CTV present, we have no update.  Peaches, who had also attended the CTV board meeting last month, was not present to report back on the meeting last month.  CTV has no board meeting in August, and Peaches has agreed to attend in September again.

Correspondence—Tad had an email yesterday from N’Zinga Shani indicating she wanted to address a complaint about CTV to us.  Tad responded via email that she should put her complaint in writing.  We also received a copy of a letter from Joe Schofield to Ms. Shani indicating she has had her producer privileges revoked for allegedly not furnishing the requisite 20% of proceeds from sales of dvds made at CTV.   We have no further information from either Ms. Shani or CTV.

Tad, Sharon, and Carl expressed concern that if the message were sent first to Ms. Shani via email only (as indicated in the followup letter from Joe Schofield), she should have been sent a letter via U.S. mail, probably certified, to remove the possibility that the message could have been missed.

We still have not received the check from Comcast. 

George asked Tad if we have an update from the Statewide Video Advisory Council regarding their meeting with the DPUC; we do not, Tad will inquire at the next meeting of the SVAC.

Meeting adjourned 6:55.

 

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Jul
2010

July 7, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – July 7, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH

Peaches Quinn, NH

Joyce Listro, NH BOE

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr., H

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    CTV representative not present.

June minutes approved online.

Comcast report from Sharon; Jen asked about rollout of new dvr interface.  Sharon believes it is delayed due to technological issues.  Johnes asked about Classic Arts Showcase; Comcast appears uninterested in providing access to the feed.  Peaches asked if another price increase was coming; prices were just raised in April or May.   Johnes raised the issue of net neutrality and advocated on behalf of it.  Sharon replied that the internet is not regulated, so it would appear not to apply, but the issue is before the FCC again. 

Jen brought letters to leave for the CTV board of directors about Joe Schofield’s email to us, stating he would no longer attend our meetings.  Peaches agreed to attend the CTV meeting the following evening.

George distributed FOIA complaints from Lary Czajkowski, and also an email detailing his conversation with the Hamden town attorney saying FOIA complaint is dismissed as baseless, and copies of both letter (pdf file) and email (copied below) are included in these minutes.

We haven’t heard a response from the DPUC about ASIM issue yet, or about the petition we signed last month.

We are still waiting for our annual check from Comcast.

George made us aware that he again exchanged emails with Czajkowski about who CTV and CTAC are, etc.  We agreed we would not respond to Czajkowski because of the advice of the Hamden town attorney.

Meeting adjourned 6:38 p.m.

The following is an email from George Alexander to CTAC, June 25th 2010:

“The FOIA mail was received in a large envelope from Americans Speak their Minds that contained copies of the complaint in seven open, individually addressed envelopes to most of our members and Sharon. It also had a copy of a petition to the DPUC regarding CTV reinstating the America Speaks It’s Mind show.

I gave a copy of the complaint to the Hamden Town Attorney. Their office left me a phone message this morning. They talked to the FOI Commission and were told that “the complaint was administratively withdrawn by the commission because Citizens Television is not a public agency as defined by the Connecticut general statues. So, there is NO FOI complaint pending.

George”

click to read FOIA Complaint

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Jun
2010

June 2, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – June 2, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH

Joyce Listro, NH BOE

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr., H

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast

Shalita Sanford, Hamden, visiting possible member

Richard Gay, West Haven, new member

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    CTV representative not present.

May minutes approved online.

Comcast report from Sharon; Tad and Johnes inquired about the speed of the internet packages.  Sharon will email the packages as well as the channel lineup around.  Johnes asked about Xfinity service name; Sharon says they wanted to brand internet service distinctly from Comcast, to emphasize that they are not just a cable company anymore. 

George told Sharon that we still have not received the check; the original one is missing, so a new one is being issued. 

George forwarded one stray subscriber check to Comcast via Sharon.  Johnes inquired about the customer complaint regarding her bill that we received via email; Sharon has already forwarded the email to Comcast representatives to respond.

George asked about correspondence we received from Robinson and Cole, attorneys for Comcast.  George asked for explanation from Sharon.  Comcast collects fees from subscribers that goes to paying for public access, and the DPUC asked cable companies to sign an affidavit that they are in compliance, so they responded.

Tad brought forward the petition being circulated from one person (Stephen Simonin) in Torrington (Cablevision area), who is also a member of a local cable council (Litchfield) and also the statewide AT&T council, who argues that people should pay according to the compression ratio of service, not a flat fee, because he claims the compression decreases the quality of the picture.  It is a highly technical issue, and from what we know of him, he is very knowledgeable in the field of cable provision.  In late June, Cablevision is eliminating all analog channels, which means if you have an analog tv, you will receive nothing.  Based on his testing performed in his own home, the quality of the signal is much below the capacity of the cable, even on HD.  Same cable is used to provide voice, cable, and internet, and so cable television is being compressed.  Idea in petition is that whoever installed cable throughout the state, that cable should be used only for cable.  If this were to pass, internet providers would have to allow outside competitors to install something in central offices and lease time or space to provide competing services to homes.  They also ask for a bill of rights for customers, including indication of the compression rate so consumers can shop around.  Also wants cable boxes to indicate level of service.  Also says that cable companies should pay customers for the space that cable boxes take in their homes.   Pixellations, freeze-ups, and sound in-synchronicity would require credits to customers.  Also indicates that customers should be able to choose different providers using the same cable lines. 

George said that this gentleman had provided his complaint to the FCC via Senator Lieberman’s office, and the FCC responded saying “yes, and please tell us how you measured all this and what equipment you used.” 

Johnes moved that we vote on whether or not to sign on to the petition as the CTAC.  Jen seconded.

Before vote, Richard Gay, new member of West Haven, introduced himself. 

Mr. Sydney Evans interrupted from the gallery to ask if he’d be allowed to speak.  He was told no, as he is not on the agenda. 

Vote on petition was delayed for several minutes for Richard to read over the petition itself.

Johnes asked if anyone was aware of any updates to the issue of net neutrality.  George said that supposedly the FCC was going to install measuring equipment in 3000 households around the US to gauge the issue of signal speed being provided to homes.   DSLreports.com is a site that can measure your signal speed.

Vote was taken on petition, all votes in favor, so the motion to sign as the CTAC carries.  George asked if he could sign for our group, then scan and send back in to him.  We also signed as individuals. 

Question of CTV representative no longer attending our meeting was raised.  George looked at the DPUC site, and there is no requirement that a representative of CTV attend.  On the other hand, we ARE required to monitor the service of CTV as part of our duties.   George suggested that Jen write a letter on behalf of CTAC asking CTV’s board of directors for explanation of Joe’s email to our group. 

Discussion of CTV and CTAC is tabled until July meeting.   

Meeting adjourned 7:00 p.m.

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May
2010

May 5, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – May 5, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH

Joyce Listro, NH BOE

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr. H, new member

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    CTV representative not present.

April minutes approved online.

We received two certified and unopened letters from CTV to Mr. Sydney Evans, which he sent to us because it was not mailed to his desired/appropriate address.   We returned them to Mr. Evans at our meeting; he wanted us to note that it was not sent to the appropriate address.

Comcast report from Sharon; George inquired about why the “free” set top boxes never materialized for some customers who requested them, because they would have had to go to New Haven to pick them up.  The offer is now expired.

Tad, Jen, and Joyce expressed concern that new rate hike  is the second price increase within six months.  There are some packages that were raised separately, so that not everything being raised now was raised in December, but to our recollection a number of these same packages (particularly basic) were raised both times. This outstrips inflation, and so the board asked for justification for the price increases.  None were really forthcoming.

Johnes raised the issue of net neutrality.  Comcast is opposed to regulation; Johnes is questioning what justifies that.  Sharon offered to connect Johnes to a person with technical expertise to discuss the issues of internet speed/net neutrality.

George mentioned that a website, DSL report.com, can measure the speed of your internet; Jen asked George if we could put a link to that on our webpage so that anyone interested might be able to do this. 

Johnes asked Sharon about the “Classic Arts Showcase” channel, which he had raised to her before.  Sharon says they prioritize channels for which a really high demand.  Marketing v.p. and division office make the final decisions regarding channel lineup.  Sharon said she would check with them to see if there is a final decision about “Classic Arts Showcase.”

George asked when the 2010 check from Comcast would arrive.  Sharon will mail it to George’s house, so he can make the deposit ASAP.

Johnes asked about the CTV bylaws, which since our last meeting are now available on the CTV website.

CTV had Hamden police come to remove Larry Czajkowski, who was observing the meeting, due to ongoing disputes between CTV and Mr. Czajkowski.  We received a certified letter from CTV containing a copy of an April 8, 2010 letter addressd to Mr. Czajkowski.  The letter concluded with “Staff [CTV] has been instructed to call the police immediately should you enter the premises.”

Though they were not on the agenda, Mr. Sydney Evans and others representing ASIM raised the issue, and wanted to know why the CTAC “authorized” having Mr. Czajkowski “arrested.”  Many minutes were spent explaining to the observers that we do not control CTV, nor the police.  Repeatedly members of the council were told by Mr. Evans that we would be held “individually accountable” for the removal of Mr. Czajkowski.  Mr. Evans also pointed his finger at the Council and each member separately and said that if his issues were not resolved it “will cost you your whole life.”  Mr. Evans was told repeatedly that the threats were unwarranted and not appropriate. 

George read the response of CTV (to the DPUC’s request for information pertaining to the dispute lodged by representatives of ASIM) to the board and observing guests.

CTV has now responded to the DPUC; now the CTAC awaits the finding of the DPUC.

CTV is still broadcasting old tapings of ASIM; according to Mr. Evans, CTV is not airing the newly recorded shows that he has been bringing on DVD to CTV.

Due to the length of the discussion, the meeting extended beyond the normal time of adjournment and CTAC was asked by CTV to leave because no one was available to lock the building.  Meeting continued in the parking lot where it was decided to contact the Hamden Mayor’s Office regarding the threats by Mr. Evans.

Meeting adjourned 7:40 p.m.

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Apr
2010

April 7, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – April 7, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH

Joyce Listro, NH BOE

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr. H, new member

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.  Introduction of council; Sharon/Comcast not present; CTV representative not present.

Feedback from state video advisory council meeting from Tad Weinstein; Tad is now treasurer of SVAC by election.  They are working on picture quality, video quality.  At&T and Cablevision were present at the SVAC meeting.  George was uncomfortable with the lack of information about picture quality and technical information.  Should output signal be measured, or signal strength into a box be measured?  George was told that no signal is technically digital; all transmissions are on RF frequency which is a carrier of a digital signal that is converted at the box itself.   So the question is, what are we interested in?  The picture quality, or the signal quality.  Tad responded that the SVAC maintains that picture quality could be better if it were not so compressed, that an engineer on the committee has done independent testing and found better quality picture.  That man maintains that pay for service should be tied to picture quality; if the signal will be highly compressed, he believes consumers should be able to pay less. 

George raised issue of court decision in favor of Comcast that the FCC had no oversight for maintaining “net neutrality.”  “Nuclear Action” would be for FCC to declare that video providers are the equivalent of the bell system of phone providers.

Tad reported that Comcast has received notice that Comcast rates are going up.

Introduction of new member of CTAC. 

Heard from Sydney Evans, of “America Speaks It’s Mind” show.  Alleging that friction between CTV and the ASIM show was “premeditated.” 

Heard from Larry Czajkowski, who says they refuse to back down until they get a ruling favorable to their claim, which is that they  arbitrarily and capriciously had their show cancelled by CTV and that they were thrown out and threatened with the police.  He feels he has been slandered, in front of the press, without evidence.

Mr. Evans claims this is an issue of freedom of speech, and that the future of the U.S. is at risk as a result. 

George clarified that their first complaint, which was filed with the DPUC, is now out of our hands as an advisory committee.  He asked for clarification about the claim of censorship; is there evidence Joe Schofield saw their tape prior to not allowing them to air their show? 

Larry Czajkowski claims that CTV is being mismanaged by CTV; Tad cautioned us not to lose sight of what the real topic at hand was, which is their original complaint.  They said that when they were denied a film crew, everyone else should be denied a film crew as well.

They claim the rules of CTV need to be updated, and are also mad that Comcast did not send a representative to the meeting.  

While we are waiting for CTV to respond (they have until April 21st), Jen suggested that we ask for a copy of CTV’s rules and regulations, so that we can look at them to see if there is some substantiation of the claims of not following due process on the part of CTV.

ASIM claims to have never been given a reason why as to why their show was cancelled.

Mr. Evans believes the reason the show was cancelled was because of personal friction, not because of content. 

Meeting adjourned 7:00 p.m.

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2010

January 6, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – January 6, 2010

George Alexander, H, Treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH, chair

Jennifer Sacco, H, secretary

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast

Joe Schofield, CTV

Joyce Listro, NH Library

Johnes Ruta, NH

6:05 p.m. meeting called to order.

Joe Schofield gave report from CTV.  CTV is very interested in moving out of current location because of lack of parking due to construction, and costs due to having to have front door open on Saturdays because back of building cannot be used for parking.  They will be putting this space up for rent shortly, and they have an agent looking for a new space.  The board of CTV really wants something centrally located to the three towns.  May wind up in New Haven, but still considering a space in Hamden.  George suggested Whalley avenue near 15 (around A1 car dealership).  All is dependent on finding a tenant to sublease the current space, even if at a loss.

Joe Schofield has been looking into AT&T to see if CTV wants to broadcast on it, now that the viewer has improved.  Joe is still not happy about the lack of surfing-discoverability.   AT&T can’t be obtained here at the headquarters, and most of the producers for CTV also cannot get AT&T service at home; it cannot reasonable be monitored.  Joe is leaning to at least putting the government channel on AT&T, but not necessarily the others.  Board may be opposed to putting any channels on AT&T.  CTV is still pursuing a rollback with the state senate; CTV wants the state senate to bring AT&T into compliance with all of the regulations that Comcast had been subject to.  CTV is making the case of economic discrimination by AT&T regarding neighborhoods where service is not available.  Joyce asked Joe about the return line from the field house, and he says it is ready to go and that they are just waiting for something to broadcast from there.

Comcast report given by Sharon Codeanne, including price decreases for services.   George inquired about DTAs (things that make boxes unnecessary and allow for digital channels but not OnDemand in other rooms); they are to be available in New Haven second quarter of 2010 and will be $1.99/month.  Johnes asked about the Classic Arts Showcase; they CAS does have a “digital sidecar” which Johnes wanted to know if this would make it carry-able by Comcast.  Sharon agreed to forward the specs to the marketing department and head-end engineers at  Comcast.

George cannot close the books for our 2009 year without the bank statement for December yet.  He will send info. out by email so Tad can put together our year-end report.

Tad raised the issue as to why CTV still refuses to be on AT&T, when AT&T is collecting money from subscribers and CTV is getting the funds.  Tad argues that CTV should be on AT&T.  Jen asked what they would actually lose by joining in terms of their leverage to pressure AT&T to provide a better situation for public access.

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