CTAC Minutes


March 13, 2019 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Wednesday, March 13th 2019 

Tad Weinstein – (West Haven._ –  Chair
Peaches Quinn – (New Haven) – Vice Chair
John Jessen – (New Haven Library System) – Advisor
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven ) – Advisor. – attending via telephone link.

Meeting convened at 6:15.

  1. February Minutes – Tad asks that last sentence of Feb. Item 8 be struck. Incorrect spelling of
    John Jessen’s name “Jesson” is asked to be corrected. Tad makes motion to accept Feb, Minutes
    with corrections as stated above. Peaches seconds motion to accept Minutes as ammended.
    Vote unanimous.

    2.  BY-LAWS – Tad asks that wording indicating “DPUC” to “PURA.”

    3. Statewide Cable Council – Council decided to sponsor Bill HB 5486 in CT Legislature –
    an Act to stop the State Legislature from taking monies from Cable Television Council fund.

The Connecticut Statewide Video Advisory Council (SVAC) has unanimously endorsed 3
bills to protect community television public access programming and also calls for an end
to the regulatory sweep of PEGPETIA funds.

HB5990 – Establishment of a Fee Paid by Multichannel Video.

HB5486 – An act repealing the transfer of public, educational, and governmental programming
and education technology investment account to the General Fund.

SB677 – Providers of Telecommunication Services for Level Technology for Stations and
upgrading of equipment. This will require providers of telecommunication services to deliver
the same level of technology for all stations. (Net equality.)

Proposed Bill No. 6421 – an act concerning the regulation of cable television rates.
Requires that Title 16 of the General Statutes be amended to regulate cable television rates.

4.     It is noted that $20 Million per year is collected from Cable Providers who gather monies
from television subscriptions. In 2014, Don Levi wrote a letter to the CT State Senate
to request clarification of this process.

5.     Johnes asks how to learn which CT Cable Council serve which areas of the state?
He is referered to the PURA Website.

Next meeting Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:00PM.

Meeting adjourned: 6:55 PM.


February 6, 2019 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Wednesday, February 6th 2019 

Tad Weinstein – (West Haven._ –  Chair
Peaches Quinn – (New Haven) – Vice Chair
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) Advisor
John Jessen – (New Haven Library System) – Advisor
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven ) — Advisor.
George Alexander – (Hamden) – Treasurer
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary   – attending and recording Minutes from NYC
via telephone link.

Meeting convened at 6:15.


  1. December Minutes — No changes needed. Peaches motion to accept. Tad seconded.
    Vote unanimous.  There was no January meeting.
  2. Comcast — not present.
    Corporate communique received January 24, 2019 from Sharon Codeanne:A new ad-supported streaming service will be led by Bonnie Hammer. Mark Lazarus adds oversight of the Cable Entertainment portfolio, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Jeff Shell’s role expands to include NBC Entertainment, international and Telemundo. Donna Langley promoted to Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

NBCUniversal announced today the planned launch of a new streaming service providing consumers access to world-class premium content for free, with valuable partnership opportunities for advertisers and distributors. The service, which will launch in early 2020, will be led by Bonnie Hammer, who has been promoted to Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises for NBCUniversal.

This innovative new service will draw on NBCUniversal’s large content library, as well as its broad reach of over 90 million U.S. households, plus Comcast and Sky’s leading technology platforms. It will feature some of the world’s most popular television and film franchises, including homegrown original programming as well as content from outside partners.

The ad-supported service will be available at no cost to NBCUniversal’s pay TV subscribers in the U.S. and major international markets. Comcast Cable and Sky will provide the service to their 52 million subscribers. An ad-free version will also be available for a fee. Additionally, non-pay TV customers can purchase a subscription to the service. Consistent with the company’s long-standing strategy to distribute its content broadly, NBCUniversal will continue to license content to other studios and platforms, while retaining rights to certain titles for its new service.

Hammer will build a team that will include key executives from Sky’s OTT offering, NOW TV, and throughout NBCUniversal. In addition, NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises group, led by Maggie Suniewick, will move into Hammer’s consolidated digital group.

“NBCUniversal has some of the world’s most valuable intellectual property and top talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Many of the most-watched shows on today’s popular streaming platforms come from NBCUniversal. Our new service will be different than those presently in the market and it will be built on the company’s strengths, with NBCUniversal’s great content and the technology expertise, broad scale and the wide distribution of Comcast Cable and Sky,” said Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal.

He added, “People are watching premium content more than ever, but they want more flexibility and value. NBCUniversal is perfectly positioned to offer a variety of choices, due to our deep relationships with advertisers and distribution partners, as well as our data-targeting capabilities. Advertising continues to be a major part of the entertainment ecosystem and we believe that a streaming service, with limited and personalized ads, will provide a great consumer experience.”

As Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, Hammer has had executive oversight of leading media brands USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment and Universal Kids. She oversaw two Hollywood studios, UCP and Wilshire Studios. UCP is one of the industry’s fastest-growing studios, working with top Hollywood creative talent to develop and produce content for linear channels and digital streaming services including Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. In 2018, Hammer led her portfolio to its 15th consecutive year of growth in both profit and revenue. Hammer serves on the Board of Directors of eBay and IAC/InteractiveCorp.

Separately, Burke announced a reorganization of his senior leadership team, which will align its content businesses under two executives, Mark Lazarus and Jeff Shell.

Lazarus has been named Chairman, NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News, and will assume responsibility for most of the company’s East Coast-based content businesses, including the cable entertainment portfolio, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. In addition, Lazarus will continue to oversee the NBC Sports Group, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and NBC Affiliate Relations.

Since joining the Company in 2011, Lazarus has overseen NBC Sports and added oversight of Broadcast for NBC in 2016. Under his leadership, the company has forged new deals with the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, the Premier League and the NHL, among many other partnerships. In addition, Sunday Night Football has been primetime’s number one show for a record of eight consecutive years. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Lazarus was President of Media and Marketing at CSE and President of Turner Entertainment Group.

Shell has been named Chairman, NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, adding NBC Entertainment to his purview. He will continue to oversee film and will also now be responsible for NBCUniversal’s international division and Telemundo.

Shell most recently served as Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), overseeing all divisions of the global film operations, as well as DreamWorks Animation, Fandango and Brand Development. He was previously Chairman of NBCUniversal International and President of Comcast Programming Group. Since Shell joined UFEG in 2013, the studio celebrated four years of record profit — and the two most profitable years in the studio’s 107-year history.

  1. CTV – Joe Schofield — sent message with apology not present, will attend March 6 Meeting.
    INviting CTAC members to attend CTV Feb 14 Board Meeting.

    4.  Budget 2019 — George Alexander: “Basically the same as 2018. No need to change anything.
    Peaches motion to accept. Tad second. Vote unanimous.
    Annual Budget Report was filed on-time to PURA, Wednesday January 23.

    5.  Correspondence – George — Comcast canceled some Hindi programming.
    Individual sending Comcast complaint — customer wants sports programming to be optional.
    Another letter– somebody sent stub with subscription payment to CTAC instead of Comcast.–
    payment of $10.  Peaches will convey improperly sent payment to Sharon Codeanne.

    6.  COMCAST
    Comcast has allocated nearly $700,00 — multi-Gigabit high speed work area for innovation
    Comcast Business Innovation Lounge — sponsoring workspace for others to use on East Street,
    New Haven, Has various pods   gym, restaurant cafe,mail help spa salon, high-tech open space
    Not public space, but for business projects. Has to have an issued key to open outer door.
    Developer:Dave Salinas.

    7.  BY-LAWS — George reviewed DPUC website and transferred verbiage:
    Changes:   CTAC requires largest city library system (New Haven) to attend CTAC meetings.
    Yvonne:  DPUC (PURA)  By-Laws were previously 3 pages, CTAC was 9 pages, Yvonne cut-out
    inconsistencies on CTAC’ BY-Laws. There were and are some formatting differences,but
    requirements contents are the same.  Two PDF files received from Yvonne are also attached
    with these February Minutes.

    Note:  George speaks saying that he is an appointed commissioner of the Town of Hamden, and must
    report any changes to the Hamden Town Council.

    DIFFERING CABLE ISSUES – Frontier vs. Comcast

8..  Laurel Colerman asks if there can be more cable providers available,  Example: Frontier’s port
at Bella Vista  can only handle a set number of subscribers for TV cable, VIOP, and internet,
Subscribers to Frontier had to go onto a waiting list, some many switched to Comcast.
Due to technological limitations, Frontier is not able to meet the service requests at Bella Vista.
Tad will look into the technical aspects at the State Meeting.

  1. John talks about technical aspects of land-lines vs. VOIP, —  discussion on differing advantages.
    issues of battery life of equipment discussed.10. New Business — nothing.

    Next meeting Wednesday, March 13th 6:00PM.

    Meeting adjourned: 7:05 PM.




December 11, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – December 11, 2018

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Peaches Quinn (New Haven)   Vice-Chair
Yvonne Manning-Jones   (New Haven) Advisor
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) Advisor
Jennifer Sacco (Guest – former Hamden member)
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary

Location: annual Dinner – App’s Restaurant, Capt. Thomas Blvd., W est Haven, CT

Meeting called to order 6:55 PM.

1.     November 7 Minutes
No changes needed.
Tad makes Motion to accept: with no changes.
2nd by Peaches Quinn.   Vote unanimous.

2.   CTAC / State of CT Cable Advisory – By-Laws update
Yvonne Manning-Jones, who is working on this update for the CTAC website,
notes that CTAC By-Laws are not corresponding to State of Connecticut Statutes.
Yvonne will make wording changes to reflect the State of CT By-Laws wording.
She says that there are no meaningful differences. Johnes will modify the wording
of item #9 the November Minutes.

3.   Video Contest for 2019.    Planning for youth or public PSA video contest will begin at January meeting.

4    Next CTAC Meeting will take place Wednesday, January 2, 2019 6:00PM, at CTV Studios.
 Depending on members ability to attend on that date, the meeting might be by teleconference.

5.     Meeting adjourned 7:25 PM.

December Submitted 12/27/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2


November 7, 2018 Minutes revised

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – November 7, 2018 revised

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Yvonne Manning-Jones   (New Haven) Advisor
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
John Jessen (New Haven Free Public Library System)
Peaches Quinn (New Haven)   Vice-Chair   – teleconference attendance

Meeting called to order 6:10 PM.

1.   October 3 Minutes
No changes needed.
Peaches makes Motion to accept: with changes.
2nd by John Jessen .   Vote unanimous.

  1. CTV
    Tad reads CTV Report filed by CTV Executive Director Joe Schofield to members present and Peaches
    Quinn on phone.1. Community Utilization – CTV continues to operate at full-studio program utilization.
    We have twenty-two regularly scheduled monthly studio programs, nineteen of which are live.
    We also do an average of three random programs monthly,

    We have more than three dozen field-produced and sponsored programs.

    We continue to expand and utilize our live productions thanks to the internet technology
    that does not require us to be hard-wired at the source of the event,

    2. Production Classes – CTV continues to provide basic video production classes at no charge to
    community residents. Our most recent classes certified eight new studio and field producers,
    three of which will be doing a sports, music, and children’s program.

    3. Developmental / Fundraising – CTV continues to be concerned about the “cable cord-cuttimg”
    phenomenon across the country, which has a direct impact on public access funding in
    Connecticut.   Since 2002, CTV has lost twenty thousand subscribers, which amounts to
    a loss of nearly $200,000 annually. Accordingly, CTV has undertaken a number of streams
    which are proprietary and cannot be disclosed here.

    4. FCC – The Federal Communications Commission has launched an offensive against public
    funding, allowing cable companies to reduce the 5% gross receipts paid to the state by an offset

    of “In-Kind contributions.”   we encourage the CTAC to go to the FCC website and comment

    on this action.

CTAC members discussion about phenomenon of “cable-cutting” – that is, cable subscribers
dropping their service because of the high monthly costs of cable TV.   Johnes notes that the only
regulation of cable rates is on the Federal level and not in the jurisdiction of state regulators.
Also, Network digital local broadcasts (over airwaves) has dropped because of lack of enforcement
of franchise requirements, leaving much of the non-cable-subscribing public without network programming.

3.   December CTAC annual holiday rotating dinner-meeting will take place in West Haven Tuesday
December 11 at Apps Restaurant on Captain Thomas Boulevard. 6:00 meeting has been booked.

Comcast Representative Sharon Codeanne, CTV Executive Director Joe Schofiled, and
former member Jennifer will be invited to attend.

4.   Treasurer Report – not available because CTAC Treasurer George Alexander is absent from this meeting.
Therefore, the amount of money in CTAC fund is not available.

5.   2019 Video Contest – Tad Weinstein and Peaches Quinn advise that we should take a break from having
a Video Contest this year. Johnes Ruta advises in that case that we should use the time to develop
new strategies for public outreach.

6.   Annual Report – Tad Weinstein is working on the Annual Report to be submitted to PURA.
Tad states that his report should be available in December.

7. New Business – Peaches recommends that CTAC develop a new Customer Satisfaction Survey,

with random selection of survey.     Results to be broken down by towns, rated how public
reaction to subscription Pricing and Rates, Price and Value. Further categories should be
determined and results reported.

8. Digital Broadcast Reception issues – Many people receiving digital television broadcast over airwaves
report that directional signals change reception quality from day to day.   Johnes suggests that
this is also because of lack of enforcement of network digital broadcast requirements.

CTAC RECOMMENDATION: PURA should investigate TV non-compliance with digital
            broadcast requirements.

9. By-Laws update – Yvonne Manning-Jones, who is working on this update for the CTAC website,
notes that CTAC By-Laws are not corresponding to State of Connecticut Statutes. Yvonne will
make wording changes to our local Hamden/New Haven/West Haven CTAC By-Laws to
correspond to ST CTAC’s By-Laws.

10   Next CTAC Meeting will take place Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:00PM, at Apps Restaurant,
Captain Thomas Boulevard, West Haven. This meeting will not be open to the public.    

11.   Meeting adjourned 6:45 PM.

November Minutes Submitted 11/27/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2


October 3, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – October 3,, 2018

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Yvonne Manning-Jones   (New Haven) Associate
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
John Jessen (New Haven Free Public Library System)
Laurel Coleman (Hamden)
Peaches Quinn (New Haven)   Vice-Chair

Meeting called to order 6:05 PM.

1.   September 3 Minutes
Tad asks for one correction: Item #8 “Frontier has not established FIOS.” Change to:
“Frontier has established FIOS.”

b. New member name “John Jesson” is misspelled. Correct to “John Jessen.” Sorry!

John Jessen makes Motion to accept: with changes. 2nd by Tad Weinstein. . Vote unanimous.

  1. COMCAST Report: –   No Comcast representative present.
    Comcast responded in September to George’s questions about the internet browser FLASH Player
    compatibility.   Comcast responded that they will make the browser correction to adapt this.

    3.   CTAC By-Laws
    Yvonne is working on edit if the present CTAC By-Laws to match the Statewide Connecticut
    Cable Television Advisory By-Laws.   To be applied to the CTAC website:

    4.   CTV
    CTV has not provided a representative to attend the CTAC meeting during the calendar year 2018.
    Johnes makes a Motion to contact Citizens Television (CTV) management to do so soon.
    Laurel Seconds this Motion. Vote unanimous.

  2. CTAC Membership
    Need to fill vacant posts for all three towns as chartered.   Hamden: Members of the public can apply to the Hamden Town Clerk.   Commissioners are elected by the Hamden Town Council.
    Tad makes Motion to contact each town in jurisdiction to provide proper membership.

    Laurel will contact the Hamden Town Clerk to request new appointments.

    6.   New Business
    1. Presidential Alert was broadcast today over cell phone systems to all subscribers.
    Discussion as to existing law making it illegal for any government employee to use this
    for any kind of political or business promotional purpose.

    2. Peaches brings up general discussion of “Roles & Responsibilities” of CTAC and CTAC members
    on CTAC website

    7.   New Video Contest proposal for 2019.
    Videos must be entered as PSA (Public Service Announcement).

Meeting discussion of 2017-2018 Video Contest and student winners.     Peaches describes
aspects of the video contest to new CTAC member John Jessen.
Peaches: “Our budget should put forward some money to schools for video equipment.”
Tad: “In the previous contest, schooks did not want to help publicize the Video Contest,

despite the $1000 cash award available.”

John Jessen talks about Summer Camp Programs that teach video production and editing,
along with Math and Literacy programs,   CTV ran announcements.
The New Haven Board of Alders members, especially Jill Marks and Adam Marchand
should be contacted to ask for assistance with promotion.

Time Frame for the 2019 Video Contest”
November – lists of individuals to contact for promotion.
January – Determine means to promote,contest, and time frame for
Contest criteria
Contest applications
Application Approvals

8. December CTAC meeting: Annual CTAC dinner –
Date – Tuesday, December 11, 6:00 PM.
It is West Haven’s turn: venue possibilities:
a. Biagetti’s (dining room is too loud)   b. Apps   (tentatively decided).

9.   Next CTAC Meeting will take place Wednesday, November 7.   6:00 PM., at CTV, 843 State Street,
New Haven, CT.    

10.   Meeting adjourned 7:07 PM.

October Minutes Submitted 10/16/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2


September 5, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – September 5, 2018

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Peaches Quinn (New Haven)   Vice-Chain
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
John Jesson (New Haven Free Public Library System)

Sharon Codeanne (Comcast Representative)

Visitor: Kurtis Kearney (New Haven citizen)

Meeting called to order 6:05 PM.

1. New Member introduction: John Jesson – New Haven Free Public Library System – appointment by City Librarian Martha Brogan to replace Ashley Sklarr.

2.   August 1 Minutes
No modifications requested. Motion to accept: Tad Weinstein,   2nd’ed: George Alexander.
Vote unanimous. (Johnes recused – submitted Minutes.)

  1. COMCAST Report: – Sharon Codeanne:
    Community Relations
    Great Places to Work and People magazine ranked Comcast No. 4 in its list of “Companies that Care,” for Comcast’s ongoing commitment to create real and lasting impact in the communities where we live and work.Comcast was a sponsor of the annual New Haven public schools Back to School Rally; also donated a laptop that was raffled-off to students.Comcast and Amazon announced an agreement to launch Prime Video on Comcast’s Xfinity  X1 TV later this year, giving Xfinity TV customers easy access to thousands of additional premium shows and movies


On May 30th, Comcast launched international channels and 31 new international packages.

As of June 27th, WCTX SD and WCTX HD ceased providing programming.

On July 24th, the Tennis Channel was added to the Sports & News service tier and  also remain available on the Digital Preferred service tier.

New Customer offerings:
Comcast offers a $9.99 per month discount – available ONLY to new customers, or those off-line from Comcast for more than 90 days.


George Alexander says that another APP Flash Player is needed to run the Comcast X1 App. This raises questions and discussion on the functionality of FLASH functions on various  browsers.

Johnes asks question about X1 Apps – Is direct entry of URL possible. Sharon answers that she will research and respond by email. Though not likely.

4.   Correspondence
George has received more subscription payments for Comcast customers, sent to CTAC. This is puzzling as Comcast payment envelopes always include payment envelopes addressed to Comcast, and specific instructions to subscribers not to send payments to CTAC.

Report from SVAC CT Statewide Cable Advisory July meeting in Cromwell attended by

  1. Peaches Quinn:
    SVAC reports to CT Public Utility Regulatory Authority, as does our local CTAC.
    SVAC meeting includes all other Cable jurisdictions and cable providers – Frontier, Comcast, Cablevision, Optimum, Cox.Peaches: “SVAC is now much more attuned by community issues. Technical Services related to cable: Emphasis of SVAC Chair on related technical items and topic of returning money to communities.   Idea of distributing financial resources to local cable advisories in question:
    Distributing monies to 169 towns would diminish such amounts otherwise needed to retain financial pool for possible legal expenses anticipated by SVAC.”   Johnes wonders what these unexplained “legal expenses” might be ?Tad comment: “SVAC is pro-legislation.”George’s question: “Are there towns wanting to set up their own local cable systems?”
    Peaches: “Will research further. Such constructions would be challenged by existing cable franchises.”6.   CTAC By Laws

Yvonne Manning-Jones (not present this meeting) is working on update of CTAC By-Laws. To be applied to the CTAC website:

7.   CTAC Membership
Need to fill vacant posts for all three towns as chartered.   Hamden: Members of the public can apply to the Hamden Town Clerk.   Commissioners are elected by the Hamden Town Council.

8     General Discussion

Discussion on capabilities of Satellite TV services:   Selections are only downloadable, Satellite TV is not UPLINK capable. Programming cannot be interactive.

Frontier startup business disaster in CT:   George explains that when ATT sold CT franchise to Frontier, they did not share their IP addressess networking, resulting in total breakdown of incipient internet, TV, and telephone land-lines services.

Frontier has not established Fiber Optic FIOS service in limited areas.

9.     Next CTAC Meeting:   Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:00 PM at CTV, New Haven.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.
September Minutes Submitted 09/19/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2


August 1, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – August 1, 2018

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Yvonne-Manning Jones (New Haven) Advisor
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary

Meeting called to order 6:10 PM.

1.     CTAC Video Contest

May 9th CTAC Meeting was the Award Ceremony and presentation of Prize Checks” at CTV studio,
video recorded award ceremony for CTV broadcast.

CATEGORY A – “Dreamers Beyond DACA”   – to producer Antonia Seyfarth – $1,000.

CATEGORY B – “Fun Things To Do in New Haven”   – to producer Christian Herron “Ceejay”
– $1,000.

Discussion on development of Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech as possible themes of
the next CTAC Video Contest for 2019.

  1. April 4 Minutes
    April 4 was the most previous regular meeting, as May was the CTAC Video Award prize presentation.
    June and July meetings were canceled due to intense storm at time of June meeting, and lack of
    a quorum for July meeting.
    Discussion – no corrections needed to previously submitted April Minutes, already on CTAC website.
    George Alexander makes Motion to Accept.   Tad Weinstein seconds this Motion.
    Vote – unanimous.
  2. COMCAST Report: – No report; Sharon Codeanne absent.


  1. CTAC Statewide No report; Joe Schofield absent.
  2. CTAC By-Laws   – accordance with Title 16 of CT General Statutes.
    Discussion whether changes needed ? :
  3. DPUC wording still on (CTAC website for Hamden, New Haven,
    West Haven) needs wording update to PURA.
    b. August 2009 Rules still on website – needs to be updated to 2018 wording.
    – Yvonne will review CTAC by PURA PDF docs & submit recommendations.


  1. CTAC Members serve for terms of two years.
    d. If agreed, specific issues may be discussed and voted by email.


  1. Statewide Cable Advisory


Peaches Quinn and Tad Weinstein attended the Statewide Cable Advisory Meeting in May.
Peaches will report on at next CTAC Meeting.
At Statewide meeting, Peaches made Motion proposing that Statewide would split their Budget Funds
among local advisories. Statewide had $30,000 funds. Peaches Motion at Statewide was voted down.

7.   Cable Provider Internet Speeds

Discussion on on comparative internet speeds and TV/ Telephone/ Internet bundle plans.

8.   Next CTAC Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:00PM.

CTAC Meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM EDT.

August Minutes Submitted 08/08/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2


May 9, 2018 Video Contest Award Ceremony

The CTAC Meeting was the Award Ceremony and presentation of Prize Checks at the CTV studio. The event was video recorded for CTV broadcast. You may view the ceremony and the winning videos by clicking on

The winners of the contest were

CATEGORY A – “Dreamers Beyond DACA”   awarded to producer Antonia Seyfarth – $1,000.

CATEGORY B – “Fun Things To Do in New Haven”   awarded to producer Christian Herron “Ceejay” – $1,000.


April 4, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – April 4, 2018
Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Yvonne-Manning Jones (New Haven) Advisor
Ashley Sklar (New Haven Public Library) Advisor
Laurel Coleman (West Haven) Advisor
Peaches Quinn (New Haven) Vice-Chair
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
Meeting called to order 6:10 PM.

1.   March Teleconference Minutes
Changes requested to item #2 (b) by George Alexander regarding inaccurate quote of Comcast
upload/download Speed Test. Agreed to make correction by Johnes.
Laurel Coleman made Motion to then Approve.   Ashley Sklar Seconded the Motion.
Vote – unanimous.

2.   February Teleconference Minutes
George requested correction to Spelling error in item #1, and addition to item #5regarding Frontier
annual funding contribution of $2,000 to Statewide CTAC.   Corrections agreed to by Johnes.
George made Motion to then Approve.   Ashley Sklar Seconded the Motion.
Vote – unanimous.

3.     CTAC Video Contest

a.) Laurel Colemen provides her CTAC Video Scoring Sheet in person.
b.) Johnes now tabulates the final scores.   George reviews the Tabulation Sheet.
c.) Discussion of the scoring methodology. OK.

Deadline will be reached tomorrow April 8, 2018, for the CTAC Video Contest Winner Notifications:

CATEGORY A – “Dreamers Beyond DACA”   – to producer Antonia Seyfarth – $1,000.

CATEGORY B – “Fun Things To Do in New Haven”   – to producer Christian Herron “Ceejay”
– $1,000.

Johnes requested to notify the winners by email (CC: CTACForward) and invite them to accept the
presentation of their Award Prize Checks at Modern Apizza, State Street, New Haven at the next
CTAC Meeting Wednesday, May 9th   6:00PM.

Winners are to be invited to bring three other individuals involved in their videos to this dinner.
Parents and/or co-sponsors are to be invited, up to four individuals for each winner.

A Press Release notification of this meeting will be distributed to local media and press.

Johnes make Motion to accept the winners according to the tabulation scores.
Tad second the Motion.   Vote taken is unanimous.

Laurel asks if there will be another Video Contest in the coming year. George replies, “Yes, we do have         the budget already.”

4.   COMCAST Report: – submitted by Sharon Codeanne via email.


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  • Customers who subscribe to both Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Internet are now able to subscribe to Pro Guitar Lessons TV On Demand, an Xfinity Internet Subscription Video On Demand service. Pro Guitar Lessons TV offers professional guitar lessons for the whole family with 170+ lessons on chords, scales, songs, changing strings, playing funk bass and more!
  • As of March 28, Acorn TV On Demand and Disney Story Central On Demand subscription services are available to Xfinity TV customers across our Xfinity On Demand platforms for $4.99 per month
  • Vme Kids HD programming is now available to live stream out-of-home via the Xfinity Stream app or web portal. Vme Kids is the first television channel in Spanish with educational programming for children in preschool 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Please note that in order for customers to view this content, they must subscribe to an Xfinity TV package that includes Vme Kids.
  • With the Xfinity Stream app or web portal, customers can live stream certain local ABC, NBC and Telemundo broadcast affiliate networks while out-of-home.  Please note that if an Xfinity TV customer is connected to their in-home WiFi network, they can use the Xfinity Stream app to live stream all local broadcast affiliates.
  • Here is the link to our Xfinity Stream web portal for Xfinity TV customers:
  • The 17th annual Comcast Cares Day will be held at the Clinton Avenue School in New Haven.  Comcast employees will be volunteering their time to work on various projects at the school.  All are welcome to join in!

George Alexander states that Comcast customer checks erroneously received at CTAC (despite notice on every
Comcast bill) will be kept until Sharon Codeanne attends a meeting.   Johnes voices wonder whether this
might endanger the continuous cable connections of these Comcast customers ?

  1. CTAC Statewide

    Tad Weinstein and Peaches Quinn state that they will attend the CTAC Statewide Meeting on Tuesday,
    April 24th.


Peaches makes a Motion to adjourn this meeting at 7:00.   Johnes seconds this motion.

CTAC Meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM EDT.

April Minutes Submitted 04/23/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2


March 7, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – March Meeting TELECONFERENCE – March 7, 2018
Teleconference meeting arranged by Tad due to snowy weather. CTV Offices were closed at this time.

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Peaches Quinn (New Haven) Vice-Chair   (arrival 6:28 pm)
Laurel Coleman (West Haven) Advisor
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
Teleconference Meeting called to order 6:04 PM.

1.     CTAC Video Contest
a.) Discussion on inviting Sharon Codeanne, Joe Schofield, and Walter Bradley to view and
scrore the video submissions. George recommends that Comcast should televise the
award winner, as it is they fund the award.

b.) Johnes has printed all the Parental Permission and Actors Release Forms, which he would have
brought to a meeting tonight at CTV.

c.) According to the pre-published schedule, CTAC advisors will score the video emtries and submit
to the CTAC council by Wednesday, March 14.
d.) The criteria for the Judging Rubric is available on the website,
in grading values from 1 to 4 ( 4 = highest).

e.) The Video Contest winners are to be chosen by the next CTAC meeting on Wednesday April 4,
2018, and the winners to be notified by April 13th, 2018.

  1. COMCAST Report: – None submitted this month.

    a.) Johnes requests contact with Sharon Codeanne regarding “Comcast Customer Privacy Notice”              which was received in his monthly Comcast billing (dated 02/17/18), as he finds certain terms
    to be questionable in which Comcast reserves the right to release privacy data to other agencies.
    Are these GMOs and or Non-GMOs ?

b.) George questions the accuracy of an email message from Comcast stating significantly increased
internet download / upload speeds of 150 MB per second. George’s Internet Speed Test several                   times during the day today indicated actual upload speed as 5 MB/second.

  1. CTV – Johnes asks about poor sound quality of 8 AM weekday broadcast on Channel 26.
    Tad says that we can contact Joe Schofield via his cell phone, and that he can monitor the
    sound quality remotely, and correct it.

    4.   CTAC Funding
    George Alexander and Peaches Quinn renew the debate on the issue of Frontier’s contribution
    to the Cable Advisory group.   – An annual check of $2,000 goes to CTAC-Statewide.
    George and Peaches want to know if monies can be rather divided among all the local Cable
    Television Advisory groups, and wants explanation of all franchise contributions. (Tad Weinstein
    is the Treasurer of the Statewide-CTAC.)   Peaches recommends that Tad inquire Statewide
    the details of franchise financial contributions and report to our CTAC chapter (Hamden,
    New Haven, West Haven.)

    Statewide Video Advisory Council website:

Peaches makes a Motion to make a formal request to Statewide-CTAC for a Financial Grant
or Scholarship Award for all Advisory Councils in Connecticut.
Laurel Coleman seconds this Motion. Vote take – all vote Yes in concurrence.


  1. Budget 2018: Discussion delayed until next meeting in person, rather than in teleconference.

    6.   Correspondence – None submitted.

    7.   New Business:

The next CTAC Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 PM, April 4, 2018.

Tad asks if all business is complete for this meeting. – No further business brought forth.
George makes Motion to adjourn. Johnes seconds the Motion. All agreed.

CTAC Teleconference meeting is adjourned at 7:02 PM EDT.

March Minutes Submitted with informational modification to item #2 (b)
04/23/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

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