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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.

 

Sling International is a multichannel live TV service that is streamed over the Internet and offers International channel packages that are available on a subscription basis.  Starting March 29, X1 customers will start seeing the Sling International app appear in the X1 Apps menu.  Once there, they will be able to sign-up for Sling International channels directly within the app, or log-in with an existing Sling International account.

  • 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:  https://tv.xfinity.com/
  • 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

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2018

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 CableAdvisory.org 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:   http://www.ctsvac.org/

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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February 7, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – February Meeting TELECONFERENCE – February 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
Yvonne Manning-Jones   (New Haven)
Ashley Sklarr (New Have Library System) Advisor
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
Meeting called to order 6:03 PM.

1.    January Minutes
Peaches makes Motion to approve January, 2018 Minutes, George Alexander Seconds this Motion.
Vote – approved.
to void December Motion to extend Video Contest Deadline.

2.     CTAC Video Contest
a.) George asks Johnes about previous request to contestants to indicate how they learned of the
CTAC Video Contest. Johnes indicates that this question was included in his January 4th email
to each approved contestant, but none provided an answer. Johnes will try again. (Johnes did
repeat this question to contestants on February 8th, but still none replied.

b.) The deadline for video entries is Wednesday, February 28, 2018. (Johnes also re-informed
each contestant of this deadline in Feb, 8 emails.)

c.) Contestants must submit Parental Permission and Actors’ Release Forms before Contest
Prizes can be distributed to winners. Email JPG Form or paper Forms OK.   (None received as of
February 20th.)

  1. Frontier –   Tad Weinstein says that Frontier is technically not a cable TV company, and therefore not
    in our jurisdiction.   Licensing has Comsumer Requirements. George Alexander specifies that
    Cablevision is a cable company, offering TV via cable. Frontier is rather in the jurisdictio
    of the Statewide Cable Television Advisory.

 

  1. COMCAST Report:
    Tad indicates that Comcast is only required to appear at CTAC meetings twice per year.There is no Comcast Report this month.

    5.   CTAC Funding
    CTAC funding is only available from Comcast as the local franchise television carrier within
    our jurisdiction.

    Johnes asks if Frontier funds the Statewide Cable Television Advisory, then should not this
    funding be divided and distributed among all the local CT Councils ?   Peaches Quinn: Seconds
    this question.   George wants to know the specifics about the Frontier funding and docket.

Annual Report – was submitted to PURA at the end of January..   Frontier provides an annual
funding check of $2,000 to STATEWIDE CTAC.

6.   CTV – no report this month.

7.   CTAC Budget –
Not discussed yet.

George make Motion to arrange 2018 Budget the same as 2017. Peaches Seconds this motion.
Vote taken – all in favor, unanimous.

8.   Next CTAC meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

  1. No further business at this time.   Peaches makes Motion to adjourn.CTAC Teleconference meeting is adjourned at 6:39 PM EDT.

    February 2018 Minutes Resubmitted with corrections and addition to item #5 Annual Report clause
    04/23/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

 

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2018

January 3, 2018 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – January Meeting – January 3, 2018

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Yvonne Manning-Jones   (New Haven)
Ashley Sklarr (New Have Library System) Advisor
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) , Advisor.

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) Vice-Chair
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
Sharon Codeanne (COMCAST Representative)

Meeting called to order 6:05 PM.

1.   December Minutes
George Alexander makes a Motion to void December Motion to extend Video Contest Deadline.
The deadline dates for applications, entries, and CTAC, were not consistent with the calendar.
No applications had been received until after Christmas. George’s Motion is Seconded by Tad
Weinstein. Vote taken with all members voting yes, but for one abstention by Laurel Coleman.
Two applications were received before the deadline, and one more application was received
at 12:10 AM January 1, 2018.   As only two previous applications were previously received,
Johnes makes a Motion to accept this third one, and to then close the applications. George
Alexander seconds this Motion. Vote taken then is unanimously Yes.

2.       COMCAST Report: Provided and read by Sharon Codeanne, Comcast representative.

On January 9, 2018, Comcast will launch WRDM HD on Channek 1051 on the Limited Basic tier.
On January 24, 2018, Comcast will launc WTIC-TBD on Channels 935 and 1181 on the Limited
Basci tier.

On or around January 18, 2018, Spike TV HD will be renamed a Paramount Network
and Paramount Network HD,

Questions put to Comcast:
1. Johnes asks to please provide Comcast’s Profit figures for 2017, and Comcast’s CEO Salary.
Ms. Codeanne directs the question to the Comcast.com website under Investor Relations
for answers to these questions.

2. Johnes also asks why the Comcast Weather Scan programming at Channel 101 has been dropped.
Ms. Codeanne also directs for an answer to the Comcast.com website.

3.        CTV – Frontier is now covering CTV on a single channel selector is moving to separate
channel numbers this month.

  1. Annual Report – Tad Weinstein is compiling report to submit to PURA – to be submitted by the end

of January.. The filing process has changed and is not more complicated.

5. CTAC Video Contest – Notifications of receipt to contest entrants must be done immediately.
All three entries are in the lowest age category. Request each entrant to identify how they
learned of the contest.   Send “Your Application is approved – Please proceed with your
video project. Upload to Youtube,com and provide the URL link, Due Date is February 28
for CTAC viewing”   Should CC CTAC Forward email.   (Johnes note – this notification
to entrants was done January 4, 2018.)

Peaches Quinn states that her test application as a 16 year-old entrant did not notify her
on CTAC Forward, (Johnes noted receiving this test application.)

5.   New Business – Peaches Quinn raises a question as to whether we should use conference call
meetings on an intermittent basis ? For instamce at times of bad whether, snow days,
or during summer ?     George suggests possibility of SKYPE conference calling.
Peaches makes Motion that we use conference call capability on a schedule to be determined
through the year as needed.   Johnes Ruta Seconds this Motion. Vote taken is unanimous Yes.

6,   Correspondence:   1. a COMCAST Customer question – “What is the lowest subscription price?”
2. Johnes asks how Comcast customer checks that come to CTAC – how they got that address?
George’s answer: CTAC address is on the COMCAST Bill, though customers are told not to
send checks to that address…
3. Peaches asks whether Comcast will install Cable access in Community Rooms of Section 8
Housing? She has concern for citizens who have no television exposure, Peaches further asks
“What would be eligability requirements?”
Sharon Codeanne reply: “Comcast Business Services Group might provide this service in
special circumstances.”   Peaches: “Who decides?”   Sharon replies she will provide contact
information to CTAC.   Peaches further concern for citizens’ Literary, Education, News,
and psychological benefits to general socialization.

7.   Next CTAC meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

CTAC meeting is adjourned at 7:00 PM EDT.

Minutes Submitted 02/04/2018 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

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November 29, 2017 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – December Meeting – November 29, 2017

Annual closed December meeting held at Luce’ Restaurant, Whitney Ave. Mt. Carmel, Hamden, CT,
Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) , Advisor.

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) Vice-Chair
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary

Meeting called to order 6:30 PM. No quorum reached yet, as Peaches Quinn arrives at 7:10 PM.

  1. CTAC Video Contest status: Tad proposed to roll-over deadlines into 2018.
  2. November CTAC Minutes: error noted: Laurel Colemen listed in Members Attending, as West Haven delegate, should be corrected to Hamden.
  3. COMCAST Report:   Comcast submitted Rate Increase Proposal to PURA, effective December 20, 2017.
    November 20, 2017 Letter of Rate Increase Proposal received from Locke & Lord Attorneys.
    Internet Usage Rate increase by $5 per month.

    4. ATT bought DirectTV.
    ATT sold their Florida franchise to Frontier, conversion period had a similar breakdown of service as experienced in Connecticut. This occurred because ATT disconnected all home and business service circuits when sale was closed.

    7:10 PM – Peaches Quinn arrives – Quorum reached.

    5.   Roll-over Video Contest application deadline extended to March 31, 2018.
    Peaches makes the Motion for this modification, Johnes seconded this Motion. Vote – unanimous.

6,   Correspondence: George Alexander (Hamden) not in attendance, so no correspondence presented.

7.   Next CTAC meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.

CTAC meeting is adjourned at 9:05 PM EDT.

Minutes Submitted 12/26/2017 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

 

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2017

November 1, 2017 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – November 1, 2017
Meeting via Teleconference, remotely accessed 712-775-7031 Meeting # 494-172-659
Called to order @ 6:00 PM.

 

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Peaches Quinn (New Haven) Vice-Chair
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary – calling from Medford, Oregon.
Laurel Coleman (West Haven) , Advisor.
Ashley Sklar (New Haven Public Library System) Advisor.

1.   October CTAC Minutes (submitted via email by Johnes).   Peaches makes Motion to approve the October Minutes. Tad seconds. Vote carried.

  1. COMCAST Report, delivered via email PDF.
    Community Relations

 Comcast provided a sponsorship to the CT NAACP’s Annual Great Debate Event on October 20th    (Howard University v. Harvard University)

 

            Marketing

 On November 7, 2017, Weatherscan Local will no longer be available.

 On November 7, 2017, HSN2 will be moved from the Expanded Basic tier to the Limited Basic tier.

 On November 7, 2017, ESPN Classic will no longer be available.

 

 CSN New England, carried as part of the Expanded Basic service tier, has been renamed NBC Sports Boston and will continue to be available to all Comcast customers who subscribe to Expanded Basic service.

 

 RLTV, carried as part of the Digital Preferred service tier, has been renamed Newsy and will continue to be available to all Comcast customers who subscribe to Digital Preferred service.

  1. CTAC December meeting time is discussed. Determine that meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 29th. 6:00 PM, to be at Luce’ Restaurant, upper Whitney Avenue, Hamden near Mt. Carmel.4.   CTAC Video Contest status:
    Video Contest dates have been extended. Application forms must be submitted no later than Friday, December 31, 2017, 5:00 pm.

All entries must be uploaded and notification to CTAC emailed no later than Wednesday,
February 28, 2018
, 5:00 pm.
Winners will be chosen by  Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5:00 pm.
All winners will be notified directly no later than Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00 pm.

Yvonne has created a nice poster for the Video Contest, which will be sent to CTAC
members to be distributed to the Press and to the eligible age-groups of the public,
schools, PTAs, etc. via e-blast.

CTAC teleconference meeting is adjourned at 6:26 PM EDT.

Minutes Submitted 11/15/2017 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

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October 4, 2017 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – October 4, 2017
Meeting called to order @ 6:04 PM.

 

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Peaches Quinn (New Haven) Vice-Chair
George Alexander (Hamden), Treasurer
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
Laurel Coleman (West Haven) , Advisor

1.   September CTAC Minutes (submitted by Johnes).   Peaches makes Motion to approve the September Minutes. Tad seconds. Vote carried.

  1. COMCAST Report — submitted by Sharon Codeanne (absent) read by Tad.
    Community Relations
  2. Comcast has donated $2.5 Million to support hurricane relief efforts, bringing total contributions
    to nearly $20 Million in cash, funds raised, and in-kind support.

    b. FORTUNE Magazine has named Comcast one of the country’s Best Workplaces for Women.

    3.   FRONTIER Report – Frontier presently has no CTAC representative. Peaches says that she has
    spoken with Steve Gimmell, fotmer Frontier delegate to CTAC, who is now in a different
    company position. His name should be removed from the CTAC mailing list.

    4.   CTV – On Saturday, October 7th, there will be a 25th Year CTV Anniversary cookout in the CTV
    parking lot – CTAC members are invited.

    5.   CTAC December meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 13th. 6:00 PM. A location in
    Hamden is discussed and chosen to be Luce’ Restaurant on upper Whitney Avenue near Mt. Carmel.

    6.   CTAC Video Contest status:
    Video Contest dates have been extended, as indicated on the Oct. 4th email from George:
    Johnes makes Motion to close the debate on Video Contest deadline dates.   Laurel seconds the Motion.
    Vote unanimous.
    Application forms must be submitted no later than Friday, December 31, 2017, 5:00 pm.

All entries must be uploaded and notification to CTAC emailed no later than Wednesday,
February 28, 2018
, 5:00 pm.
Winners will be chosen by  Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5:00 pm.
All winners will be notified directly no later than Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00 pm.

7.   New Business – none.

8.   CTAC membership open slots:   3 rep slots for each town, + 1 Board of Education slot,
none of three towns is filled at present.   + 1 Library System, New Haven – filled,
Hamden and West Haven both open.

7. The next meeting of the CTAC is set for Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:00 PM, at CTV.

CTAC meeting is adjourned at 6:55 PM.

Minutes Submitted 10/12/2017 by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

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September 6, 2017 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2017
Meeting called to order @ 6:05 PM.

 

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

Sharon Codeanne (Comcast Representative)

1.   August CTAC Minutes (submitted by Johnes).   George makes Motion to approve the August Minutes.
Ashley seconds. Vote carried.

  1. COMCAST Report — submitted by Sharon Codeanne.Community Relations
  2. Comcast has awarded a $20,000 grant to the New Haven Boys & Girls Club to support their
    digital literacy program called My Future.b. Comcast is sponsoring Concepts for Adaptive Learning’s annual fundraising gala on September 27th.
    This is free computer training to low-income families, held in New Haven (Anthony’s Restairant),
    Waterbury, and Bridgeport.

    Marketing
    a. Cellular service for iPhone – Smsung Galaxy Android.   No Roaming charges for calls outside
    of the area.   Service available in Comcast service area only.

    Johnes asks about the new Xfinity website – whether there is still user-friendly listings for
    Upcoming and On-Demand programming ?     Sharon will research for next meeting.

    Peaches speaks about Comcast WiFi Router deficiencies. Sharon will research for next meeting.

    3.   Video Contest status:   No entries submitted by the public so far.

    George suggests we each enter a contest application to test the system.

    Publicity recommendations:
    – Connecticut Post Chronicle Bulletin Board
    – Mayor’s Monthly Newsletter
    – Journal Courier for Hamden & North Haven
    – Hamden Journal – www.thehamdenjournal.cp,/

 

Application deadline:
Johnes makes a formal Motion to extend the entry application Deadline to December 31.
George Alexander seconds this motion.   Vote – carried

4. The next meeting of the CTAC is set for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:00 PM.

CTAC Meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

Minutes Submitted by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

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August 2, 2017 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – August 2, 2017
Meeting called to order @ 6:08 PM.

 

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

Joseph Schofield – CTV Representative.

1.   CTV Report – Joe Schofield
CTV had to give up one staff position in order to buy needed equipment. $6 Million taken out of
CT State Fund. CTV spent $35K to upgrade digital equipment.   CTV now can broadcast one
channel in HD.   Frontier has CTV on an NS Server. Comcast does not provide an HD channel.
The bext CTV Board Meeting will be August 10th; one CTAC member is needed to attend.
CTV management has closed down studio production for the summer in order to do housecleaning.

CTV has acquired a new Switcher – it is a complex unit and performs lots of functions,
90% of the work is done on virtual sets.

CTV is continuing to offer production classes, but there is now a waiting list for these classes.

George Alexander asks if CTV has put the Video Contest Announcement onto the CTV website ?
Joe replies that CTV had never received the email with the announcement.   He requests to ask
Peaches Quinn to record a 30 second CTV video announcement for the video contest. A written
announcement should also go onto the CTV Bulletin Board.

Johnes asks Joe about the current functionality of the CTV Channel Listings on the Citizenstv.org    website,, because the page links for all three channels, 26, 27, and 96, produced errors ?
Joe answers that he is responsible for the website, and that someone recently working on the site
had blocked access for him and other editors. Until this can be fixed, these pages can be accessed
by removing the “s” from the https:// IP name link from the browser address line.

2.   June CTAC Minutes (submitted by Johnes).   Requested corrections had been received by the CTAC
Forward list to all members. George makes Motion to approve the June Minutes. Laurel seconds.
Vote carried.

3.   July CTAC Minutes:   no Minutes taken on the July 5th teleconference call , which Johnes was unable
to connect with.

4.   CTAC Correspondence Letters:
a. Roland Garrett’s letter asks about Comcast having raised the rental price of the Digital Tuner –
the second unit price was raised from $2.99 per month to $5.99. This means that if a customer
has five units, their monthly bill rises by $30 more per month!

b. Angel Graham of West Haven wants to know TCM is only available with the Premium
Sports Package ?

c. William Bonn asks why Comcast has changed all the station numbers on the digital lineup,
and unnecessarily has sent many sheets of paper to cover this information ?

d. Another letter to Comcast asks why the monthly Bill keeps chaning the names of payment itsms,
such as “digital converter” to “TV Box” and “digital adapter” to “Service to Additional TV” ?

5.   COMCAST Report — submitted by Sharon Codeanne.via message.

Community Relations

  1. Comcast is a sponsor of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame STEMfems Program
    “Women Transforming Our World,” which addresses the critical need for women and
    girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.

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b. Comcast is sponsoring Arte’s “Socialization & Learning Adventures Through Education”
program for low-income Latino youth in New Haven.

Marketing
a. Effective August 15, 2017, the Inspiration Channel will be launched in channel 83.
(Expanded Basic tier).

b. Effective August 8, 2017, due to increased costs, the standard shipping charge for
Self-Installation Kits will change from $9.95 to $15.00.

c. Comcast has just received a Connecticut license to provide cable service statewide.

6. Frontier report – no representative from Frontier is present.

7.   Video Contest status:   The Applications and entry process are now live on the cableadvisor.org website.
Questions of contest criteria: Does the on-line entrant’s application comply with the rules ?
If NO- the application must be rejected and reapply. If YES – the video will be graded from 1 to 4,

for each category and the content message, according to the Rules Rubric.

8.   The Statewide Television Advisory Council now has a new website, designed by a council member
designated as CTSVAC.org

9. The next meeting of the CTAC is set for Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, 6:00 PM.

CTAC Meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM.

Minutes Submitted by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

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June 7, 2017 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – June 7, 2017
Meeting called to order @ 6:00 PM.

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein (West Haven), Chair
Peaches Quinn (New Haven), Vice Chair
George Alexander (Hamden), Treasurer
Johnes Ruta, (New Haven), Advisor, Acting Secretary
Ashley Sklar (New Haven Library System), Advisor
Laurel Coleman (West Haven), Advisor
Yvonne Manning-Jones (New Haven), Advisor – new member

Sharon Codeanne – Comcast Representative.

1.   Introduction of new member Yvonne Manning-Jones, New Haven Mayoral Appointee. And introductions of all members to her. Yvonne has new Frontier FIOS (Fiber Optic) available in her West Haven area.

2.   May Minutes – submitted by Johnes Ruta.   Peaches Quinn makes Motion to accept. George Alexander Seconds the Motion to accept.

3.   COMCAST Report — submitted by Sharon Codeanne..

  1. Comcast is a sponsor of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven.
    b. Comcast will sponsor Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 17th on the New Haven Green.
    Free WiFi will be provided.
    c. Comcast was a sponsor of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut’s 2017 Diversity Awards which was held this afternoon (June 7th).
    d. These local high-school seniors were awarded Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarships
    at an awards ceremony held last week at the State Capitol:
    *   Dante Frazer – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School (West Haven).
    *   Brian Henderson – New Haven Academy.
    *   Anna-Allegra Ranelli – Wilbur Cross High School
    *   Judith Suffrard – Sacred Heart Academy (Hamden)
    *   Tytriq Woodson – Hillhouse High School

    e. Marketing; Effective July 1, 2107, Esquire (channel 413) and Esquire HD (1413) will no longer be available because the programmer is ceasing operations.

Peaches Quinn asks question to Sharon – “Are there any Comcast programs targeted to older adults?
Sharon lists two programs in reply: 1, Urban League Digital Literate; 2. Internet Essentials for adults.
Sharon provides the name of the Comcast Community Relations Manager – Karen Perham-Liptman.

Sharon reports that Comcast’s applicaton for CT Statewide License to offer their services statewide has now been approved.

4. Frontier report – no representative from Frontier is present.

5.   CTV Report – Joe Schoefield not present – no CTV Report available this month..

6.   A volunteer is needed to fill CTAC post of Secretary. Johnes Ruta, has been taking the meeting Minutes as “Acting Secretary” volunteers to fill the post for the remainder of the annual term for calendar 2017. Accepted by CTAC Chair Tad, and council vote.
7.   Video Contest status:   The Applications and entry process are now live on the cableadvisor.org website.
Questions of contest criteria: Does the on-line entrant’s application comply with the rules ?
If NO- the application must be rejected and reapply. If YES – the video will be graded from 1 to 4, for each category and the content message, according to the Rules Rubric.

Peaches Quinn asks: “Can we put together a Procedures Manual ?” George Alexander: “Who will volunteer to “Chair” the Video Contest Application Review for approval.   Tad volunteers Peaches. “Tad and Peaches should co-chair.”
Publicity: Who will write and distribute publicity for the Video Contest ? Johnes requests
talking / bullet points for a Publicity Release with which to put into announcement format.
Johnes will distribute to his curatorial email list. Ashley will distribute to the New Haven
Free Public Library email list. Peaches will contact the local Boards of Education; her contact there is Carlos Torres, a member of the Board. Also distribution to Hamden Weekly Newsletter,

CTV PSA, also a PSA to WTNH-8.

Laurel offers to produce paper Flyers for the Video Contest.

Contestants will contact videocontest at @cableadvisory.org

Peaches speculates that the time period of Video Contest entries of 60 seconds might be too long for an effective PSA. Discussion follows on the format of the PSA. George suggests a blurb:
“CTAC has decided to sponsor a video contest…”

End of CTAC Meeting decided.   Johnes makes Motion to Adjourn. Peaches seconds the motion.
Vote carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:08 PM.

Minutes Submitted by Johnes Ruta, CTAC Acting Secretary, New Haven Rep #2

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