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Feb
2017

February 1, 2017 Minutes

CTAC   – Monthly Meeting Minutes – February 1, 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

Sharon Codeanne (Comcast representative)
Steve Gimmel   (Frontier representative)

1. COMCAST report — Sharon Codeanne.

  1. Comcast made a $36,000 donation to Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven to support their work to create neighborhood revitalization in some of the most challenging neighborhoods in New Haven.
  2. Comcast held a sneak-preview of the animated family film “Sing” at the Bow Tie Criterion
    Cinema in New Haven in December and donated 100 tickets to local children’s non-profits:
    New Haven Boys & Girls Club, Arte Inc, United Way, and the Urban League of Southern CT.
    c.   The Comcast Cares Day will be held on Saturday, April 22nd.
    d.   The YES Network and Comcast have reached an agreement regarding carriage of the YES
    Channel, which will be returning to the Comcast lineup.
  3. The Annual $2,000 support check has been delivered to CTAC. Tad forwarded it to George.
  4. No technology or rate changes to be reported.
    g.   Mobile and cellular businesses are possible future business ventures.

    2. Introduction of Merissa Hammie – West Haven resident, awaiting WH Mayoral appointment.

    3. Frontier report – Steve Gimmel.
    Steve mentions the Frontier has undergone some organizational restructuring, including that his job
    responsibilities have been assigned to a different vicinity. He asks about the required representation of
    Frontier to CTAC meetings. Tad replies: “Frontier has a state-wide license so that their representation at
    CTAC is required, but not required to attend every monthly meeting, but to attend at least four times a year.
    Tad mentions previous delegates, also that technically Frontier is not a cable company, therefore not under
    CTAC jurisdiction.
    George Alexander raises an issue with Frontier, as a subscriber with “No More Robo” system, that robo-calls were automatically transferred to the Washington D.C. agency, and that these calls ran over his 200 subscriber minutes, and he was being charged 3 cents per minute on his bill. This was a Frontier billing problem that was corrected.
    Peaches Quinn asks if Comcast offers this kind of service. Johnes explains the way to block calls on Comcast VOIP using the *60 dialing sequence.

    4.   Review of January Minutes: Tad makes request Johnes correct a typo indicating $1,000 showing as $1,00 –.
    5. Tad presented the 2017 Budget Proposal.
    Peaches recommended that the Budget line for “Community Outreach” show an identifier as website
    development rather than “Other.” Tad and George stipulate that the Budget format is supplied by PURA,
    and not itemized. Johnes asks what is the amount that is being paid for the website development to include
    the Video Contest, will the estimate provided by Alexander Associates be held to?
    George confirms that the website cost will not exceed $1,200, and kept within the budget allotted.
    Peaches makes Motion to accept the 2017 Budget, Johnes seconds the motion. Vote carried.

    6. Website:
    a. Statement of work: Enhancement of the CTAC website cableadvisory.org is completed except for the         Video Contest form entry section.

b. Joomla conversion to WordPress website was done by Johnes, Enhancement of the WordPress site done by Alexander Associates.
c. Contest entry on the website via the hosting server failed as GoDaddy indicated a message “Excessive Backup Files” and deleted some of the test entries, as GoDaddy storage for this subscription was exceeded. Fortunately, the last 7 days of backups were preserved. The rate for additional 200 GB of storage on GoDaddy is $200 per year.

  1. Video Contest Webpage:
    a. Issue #1: Contest format. George Alexander did research on other video contest programs and found two
    similar ones, one in Pennsylvania PSA for driving in flooded areas, and another called “World of 7 Billion.”
    with entry topics of Climate Change, Ocean Healt, and Rapid Urbanization.   These use a procedure for
    entries with directions to contestants to upload their video entry to YouTube, and for the contestant to
    provide their YouTube video address to the contest managers.
    b. George questions the length of the video that Comcast and Frontier will accept.
    George makes a Motion to change the Video Contest Rules to change the video length to 60 seconds.
    Johnes seconds this motion. All are agreed. Vote carries the motion. Adina Alexander will make these
    changes to the entry program.
    c. Issue #2: Underage Contestants.   What will be Rules and Regulations ?   Does CTAC need legal
    advice on this matter? Is a Parental Release needed for each contestant?   Yes, we should initiate
    this: need Release Form for those creating and appearing in a video, and a Permission Form for winners.
    We should consult with Joe Schofield regarding these forms. Need Content Guidelines.
    d. Issue #3: Video Judging Guidelines – The PA criteria uses a quality points system of 1 to 4, CTAC should
    use the PA system for examples.

    8. Video Contest procedures, finalization of Rules and Regulations, and procedures needed:
    a.   Students may work together. No adult participation. One lead producer.
    b.   Titles
    c.   All crew credits to be cited.
    d.   No externally copyrighted material.
    e.   No professional assistance.
    f.   Script must be entrant devised.   No illicit behavior to be depicted.
    g.   Intellectual property will have a delegation of retainer. No compensation other than Award.

    9. Video Contest distribution:
    a. submit Contest to schools in CTAC unit jurisdiction to be publicized by them.
    b. 6 weeks for entry approval.

  2. CTAC organization – discussion of the delegation of the tasks of the video contest.
    a.   Who will Chair the contest ?
    b. Johnes will edit the Rules document, to have ready by next meeting. Also documents for Overview, FAQs,
    Tips for Video Entry, Judging Rubric, Application, Parental Permission, and Actor Release Forms.
    c. Determine entries deadline.
    d. Pre-Application – 1 month, by end of May, include Parental Approval.
    e. CTAC Contest review, approval, and notification response by June 30.
    f. Video submissions by October 31, 2017.
    g. CTAC judging and prizes announcement by December 31, 2017.

    CTAC February Meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.
    Submitted by Johnes Ruta, CTAC New Haven Rep #2

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Jan
2017

January 4, 2017 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven

Meeting Date: January 4, 2017

A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at the offices of Citizens Television of New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. President Tad Weinstein presiding.
Meeting called to order at 6:06 PM.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), George Alexander (H), Ashley Sklar (NH Library),
Laurel Coleman (H), Johnes Ruta (NH).

Representatives attending:   Joseph Schofield (CTV.)

Agenda change: Joe Schofield requests to present his CTV Report first, due to his time constraints. Approved by Tad Weinstein and council without objection.
1.   CTV Report – given by Joe Schofield:
a.          “Frontier is still having issues but their connection to input CTV programming into their statewide system. Frontier has been responsive to work on the problem. They have their amps set too high. The CTV signal level is set correctly. The Comcast signal level is also set correctly.”   Joe sent an email to Steve Gimmel (Frontier Field Manager) to come to CTV to reset the signal level. Another monitor is needed for Frontier in the CTV Reception area where relays to Frontier and Comcast are observed continuously by the receptionist.

b.         Joe: “A new SWITCHER is needed:   “It may be time for a 2008 Switcher to be replaced. The cost would be $30,000. The cost issue will be brought up at the next CTV Board meeting.CTV will need to increase its Credit Line with the Wells Fargo Bank. CTV will pay the interest on its own money account at Wells Fargo. CTV hopes to complete the new Switcher installation by the end of February. Graphics will be improved.”

 

  1. Joe: “CTV wants to get more use from the CTV website http://www.citizenstv.org/
    Program producers must now fill put a “show- log” which will accommodate and expand the channel listings on the CTV website.”d. Joe: “CTV is retraining program producers in terms of their production and technical standards.   Lots of money has been spent on changing sets (curtains & props) so that each show will look different. These have been installed, to improve quality and aesthetics.”

 

  1. Joe: “CTV is implementing a TRI-CASTER to run a virtual sets with a “Chromo-Key”
    to continually monitor transmission color standards.f. Joe: “A Holiday Party on December 20, 2016, given by CTV at its headquarters, was a success. A pianist was hired, and the food catered by Christopher Martins Restaurant.” CTAC members were invited, with apologies for the late date of the invitation notice.

 

  1. CTAC December Minutes.
    Copies of the December Minutes recorded by Don Levy were distributed by Tad Weinstein for review. Clarification on video prizes: two at $1,000 each. No objections raised to text. Johnes Ruta made the Motion to accept the Minutes as written.   Tad seconded the motion. Vote taken, unanimous.
  1. CTAC Meeting topic: Don Levy’s resignation.Email received to all CTAC members on December 24, 2016 from Don Levy, CTAC Secretary:
    To my colleagues on CTAC,

Effective immediately I am resigning from the Cable Television Advisory Council.

I am redirecting my energies and my commitments and, as a result, I am not able to devote my time and attention to CTAC.   Please remove my email address from CTACforward.

Regards, Don Levy
George says that Hamden Town Hall should be notified, so a new appointment for a second representative for Hamden will be made for the CTAC.

 

  1. CTAC Video Contest
    Form design submitted by George Alexander.   Changes since December meeting:
  2. 14 minute video maximum length.
    b. Digital media only allowed.

CableAdvisory.org home page will have a tab on the menu to link to the Contest Entry form. Rules Page displayed, must be entered with a AGREE check-mark by entrant, in order

  1.    for entrant to proceed to the online Application Form.b. Applicant would create a User Account. Applicant completion of this form will notify
    all CTAC members via email at videocontest@cableadvisory.org, so that the applicant’s entry will be review and determined that it meets rules criteria.
  2. On CTAC approval of Applicant qualifications will then be qualified as a Contestant.
    The database should then allow the Contestant to upload a video to the website,
    via a private link for the contestant only. The link should allow upload and play
    (for CTAC reviewers) of all types of video files (ex. .mp4, .wmv, .flv, etc)
    (A video file is technically too large to be sent to CTAC as an email attachment.)

 

  1. Applicant approval will then allow Contestant to upload their video to the WordPress      CableAdvisory.org’s contestant’s private account, notifying judging subcommittee that the video is available for viewing and judging.Discussion on Application Form:
    Johnes recommends Name & Age entry field be modified to 3 separate fields:
    First Name, Last Name, Date-of-Birth (to automatically calculate age of applicant).George specifies the need for a Date-of-Entry field. Tad recommends elimination of “Anticipated Budget” entry line. Laurel Coleman voices concerns about accessibility of contest entry, standards to be applied for videos and judging for awards categories.
    Laurel contributes ideas for criteria. Johnes offers a written outline of aesthetic criteria.Motion made by Johnes to accept all modifications to Form: Tad seconded. Vote unanimous.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:32 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta.

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Dec
2016

December 7, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: December 7, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at Carmine’s Restaurant at 1500 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:44.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), Don Levy, Secretary (H), Laurel Coleman (H), Johnes Ruta (NH), Peaches Quinn (NH), George Alexander (H).

Minutes from the October meeting (as corrected) and from the November meeting were accepted.

Comcast report was provided in absentia. Comcast has asked PURA for a rate adjustment to become effective on December 20. It has added Sling TV to the X1 platform providing additional streaming content options. Customers on the X1 platform in many locations will be able to view their Netflix content over X1.

Members voted 5-1 to drop the age group 20 and over from the CTAC Video Excellence Awards contest, thus leaving two age groups 14 and under and 15 – 19. There will be a total of two prizes of $1,000.00. One prize will be awarded in each category. If none of the entries is worthy of recognition, no prize will be awarded in the category..

Members voted to exclude employees of Comcast, Frontier Communications, CTV and members of CTAC from eligibility to enter the contest.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Don Levy, CTAC Secretary.

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Nov
2016

November 2, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: November 2, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:00.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), Don Levy, Secretary (H), Laurel Coleman (H), Johnes Ruta (NH), Peaches Quinn (NH), Ashley Sklar (NH),George Alexander (H).

Comcast Representative Sharon Codeanne, Frontier Representative Steve Gimmell, CTV representative Joe Schofield.

Minutes from the previous meeting were discussed and will be amended and voted on at the next regular meeting.

Steve Gimmell of Frontier noted that CTV programs had been cablecast on Channel 99 for about three weeks. Any Frontier subscriber in Connecticut can now receive CTV programming by scrolling through the offerings on Channel 99. The CTAC members thanked Frontier for finally securing access to CTV programs for its local subscribers. Frontier is also currently programming a local sports channel and is encouraging high school students to volunteer to cablecast programs featuring their schools. Frontier has agreed with Yale University to become the prime media sponsor of Yale Athletics. Additional home shopping channels have been added to Frontier offerings.

Sharon Codeanne of Comcast said her company has expanded its low-cost “Internet Essentials” program to qualified families receiving HUD assistance. All such families who had not had access to Comcast internet for three months or longer may request the service. Comcast was recognized by the national Points of Light program as one of The Civic 50 companies based on its involvement in improving the quality of life in its service areas. It was also recognized locally by the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven.

Sharon also said with regard to the Comcast equipment upgrade program announced last month that subscribers could request a new cable box and Comcast service reps would install it free of charge.

George noted that the upgrade to the website cannot be completed until the video contest forms have been finalized. The members decided to hold a special meeting on November 9 to put forward a final document outlining the rules of the video contest. The entire Council will vote on this document at its next regular meeting in December. The December 7 monthly CTAC meeting will be held at Carmine’s Restaurant at 1500 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, beginning at 5:30.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Don Levy, CTAC Secretary.

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Oct
2016

October 5, 2017 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: October 5, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding.
Minutes taken by Johnes Ruta (NH) Meeting called to order at 6:10 pm.

Members in attendance:
Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), George Alexander (H), (NH), Peaches Quinn (NH), Johnes Ruta (NH), Ashley Sklar (NH Library System), new member Laurel Coleman (H).

Joe Schofield, CTV Executive Director (non-voting). Steve Gimmell, Frontier Field manager (non-voting.) Comcast not represented at this meeting.

CTV Report given by Joe Schofield, CTV Executive Director.
CTV is still waiting for Frontier to connect CTV. Frontier has indicated that while external output lines are installed, the final internal connections are not complete

Joe Schofield raised the question regarding written draft decision that from PURA wants CTV to provide more Educational programming, based on a complaint ostensibly received from the NH/WH/H CTAC. Joe asked if anyone from CTAC had filed this complaint to PURA – but
no one on CTAC has filed such a complaint. All 2016 and 2015 CTAC Official Minutes, inspected by Peaches Quinn, show no such motion or suggestion from our CTAC. Joe will request clarification from PURA on this point.

PURA has also directed CTV to produce more educational programming, but Joe Schofield also indicated that the school systems have assigned proprietary privileges to private video companies, which excludes CTV from recording and showing those events. Joe also noted CTV requires written Parental Consent Releases to record minor-aged students and that some schools choose not to be bothered with that process.

Introduction and welcome to new member Laurel Coleman and all current members to her.
Review of September 2016 Minutes. Johnes makes motion to approve Motion seconded by Peaches Quinn. Vote for approval is unanimous.

COMCAST Report – given by George Alexander who received CTAC correspondence by U.S. Mail from Comcast. Sharon Codeanne is presently in Albany and unable to attend. Announcement letter from COIMCAST regarding old HD boxes, offering customers 3 choices for free exchange of their old boxes for new, under plan to cut service to customers old boxes after a certain date:
1. Customers can visit COMCAST Channel 1995 for fill-in form for mail delivery and mail-
return shipment of updated HD Box. Customer would install own HD Box.
2. Customers can call 1-800-XFINITY to schedule COMCAST Tech professional installation
of new HD Box, for a $29.99 service charge. 3. customers can visit COMCAST Store in
North Haven for personal exchange of old HD Box for new HD Box to be self-installed.
There would be no transfer of DVR stored programs to the new HD Box.

Peaches Quinn talked about her personal experience with a Comcast service call for this purpose, stating “I am glad that they did this complicated installation. It did not look easy for a customer to perform.” Peaches describes the language in this letter to customers as “bullying.” Johnes makes a Motion to report this “bullying” language in the letter to PURA if no response from Comcast is forthcoming. Peaches seconded this Motion. Comcast representation is absent from this CTAC meeting, so Tad Weinstein (Chair) indicates to defer vote on this issue until Comacst rep is present. Laurel Coleman asks for clarification on this Comcast policy, and shares a similar experience of her elderly mother and her limited use of technology. Official response from Comcast is desired, not just Comcast Rep response.

Frontier Report given by Steve Gimmell, Frontier Field Manager.
Community Relations: 1. Frontier sponsored JDRF walk at Yale Bowl. 2. Frontier sponsored the Connecticut Family and Music Festival on September 10th at East Shore Park.
Marketing:
Frontier launched “Vantage Sports” on regular channel 60, and HD channel 1600, a channel dedicated to Connecticut sports, predominantly High School, and some College. This channel is run by Noah Finze, formerly of WTNH TV.

Frontier continues build-outs in the New Haven area footprint for Vantage service, including the newly announced “Fiberhouse” service, a direct fiber-to-the-home service with speeds up to
1 Gigabit in the CTV footprint. The first geographic roll-out is in North Haven.

Technical:
PEG Programming update: The acquisition of FIOS properties has better defined the Frontier process of adding and managing the PEG channel process. Frontier expects movement on adding CTV to their line-up within weeks. Statewide Frontier Channel 99 presently has all Connecticut Access programming. New Haven CTV is not yet activated due to technical issues.

Question from George Alexander: “How can spam calls be blocked?” Steve explains the customer process to block unwanted numbers.

Old Business: CTAC Website status:
1. All content from the previous Joomla website had been successfully migrated by Johnes Ruta to a new WordPress website by the April 6, 2016 CTAC meeting. At that time, George Alexander expressed dissatisfaction that the format and functionality was not identical to the previous Joomla site.

2. Only one Work Proposal has been received for the redesign of the WordPress format and the addition of a Forms entry and Database facility for the CTAC Grant Program and public contest entries. The proposal, from Alexander Design & Photography, is reviewed in detail by the council members. The Proposal Estimate is for $1,000 to $1,200. New member Laurel Coleman asked about the CTAC Budget Allowance for the remaining web design work to be done; Johnes gives a short history of the conversion of the dysfunctional former Joomla website to WordPress (from November through March, for a payment of $225 for 5 months labor.) There is debate over the awarding of a contract to the family member of a CTAC representative. The debate is deadlocked until 7:25, when Tad Weinstein, CTAC Chair, states that a new website is needed quickly in order to accommodate the Grants Forms Entry facility. Johnes makes a Motion to accept the Alexander Design Work Proposal as a contract; Seconded, voted
and carried. Johnes will provide WordPress Admin and GoDaddy login info to George.
(Postscript: this info was conveyed by email to George Alexander at 9:51 pm that evening.)

Meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta (NH).

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Sep
2016

September 7, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: September 7, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:04.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), Don Levy, Secretary (H), Johnes Ruta (NH), Peaches Quinn (NH),
George Alexander (H).

CTV representative Joe Schofield was present.

Minutes from the previous meeting were adopted.

Joe Schofield reported that CTV was not yet being cablecast over the Frontier system. He said that one new cable must be laid within the building to get CTV up on the Frontier system. Joe said he sent an email to Frontier representative Steve Gemmell expressing his frustration that CTV had not yet been added to the Frontier system despite more than two years of promises to do so. Joe also noted that volunteer training had been resumed. He also said that CTV had made a personnel reorganization which eliminated the position of the Front Desk attendant. He also said that CTV had put a new computer system in place (Dimeo.com/CTV) which would make it easier for viewers to request retransmissions of CTV programs at times convenient for the viewers. He also said that the new system for retransmission of CTV programs would allow people who took part in a program to make copies of the program for themselves at no cost thus saving CTV resources. In reply to a question by Johnes Ruta Joe said that CTV has the capability to tape or to stream events of public interest in the three municipalities live. Joe said that people seeking to cablecast their events would have to provide CTV at least two weeks notice.

Council members noted that no progress had been made to finish the upgrade of the CTAC website to facilitate ease of use. George pointed out that the CTAC Cable Television Excellence Grant program could not move forward until the grant pre-application was posted to the web site. Peaches Quinn encouraged all Council members to seek out web site developers to hire in order to meet these dual requirements of the CTAC web site. People interested in working as contractors were urged to submit bids in writing which satisfied the Request-for-Proposals which George had generated.

Tad noted that the current one year terms of CTAC officers was about to expire. The Council voted to appoint Johnes Ruta and Ashley Sklar to act as a nominating committee charged with putting forward a slate of candidates for the upcoming year.

The Council voted to hold the annual CTAC Dinner meeting at Carmine’s Restaurant at 1500 Whalley Avenue, New Haven on December 7 beginning at 5:30 pm. Don volunteered to make reservations for 12 people. The Council agreed with Peaches Quinn’s proposal to invite former CTAC member Jenn Sacco to attend as a guest.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Don Levy, CTAC Secretary.

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Jul
2016

July 6, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: July 6, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:03.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), Don Levy, Secretary (H), Johnes Ruta (NH), Peaches Quinn (NH),
Ashley Sklar (NH).

Comcast representative Sharon Codeanne and CTV representative Joe Schofield were present.

Minutes from the previous meeting were adopted.

CTV was not yet being cablecast over the Frontier system. Joe Schofield said that one new cable must be laid within the building to get CTV up on the Frontier system. Joe said that per custom no training of new volunteers was being conducted during the Summer. He also said that CTV was in the process of completing its PURA audit. Joe said he would forward the 2015 audit as well as the first quarter 2016 audit via email. Tad indicated that he anticipated that the 2016 PURA audit will seek CTAC input. Due to a short timeline for CTAC input Tad said he would poll members via email for their input.

Sharon presented the Comcast report indicating contributions to the New Haven Public Schools as well as the City of New Haven Youth@Work Program. Comcast awarded scholarships to nine high school students from our area at a May 31st ceremony at the State Capitol.

Because Babz was absent no action was taken on the CTAC Video Grant program. CTAC has been delaying action of hiring someone to work on the website pending a report on this issue which Babz and indicated she would make. Johnes said he would continue to post meeting minutes to the CTAC website.

Tad renewed his call for current council members to be more active in recruiting for the many open positions on the council. Council voted to cancel its August meeting and to meet for its next regular meeting on Wednesday, September 7.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Don Levy, CTAC Secretary.

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Jun
2016

June 1, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: June 1, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:04.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), George Alexander, Treasurer (H), Don Levy, Secretary (H), Johnes Ruta (NH), Peaches Quinn (NH) (6:45 pm8)

Ashley Sklar

No representatives of Comcast, Frontier, or CTV were present.

Minutes from the two previous meetings were adopted.

CTV was not being cablecast over the Frontier system. A CTV worker indicated that progress had been made to add CTV to the Frontier system.

The CTAC website is not yet capable of accepting preliminary applications for the CTAC Grant program. Babz Rawls-Ivy was absent so she could not update the Council regarding whether or not she was able to move this project forward. Johnes said he was too busy to upgrade the website.

Tad renewed his call for current council members to be more active in recruiting for the many open positions on the council.

The Council decided to convene the July meeting as scheduled but did not decide regarding whether or not to hold a regular monthly meeting in August.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Don Levy, CTAC Secretary.

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May
2016

May 4, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: May 4, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:08.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), George Alexander, Treasurer (H), Don Levy, Secretary (H),
Ashley Sklar

Joe Schofield, CTV, Steve Gimmell, Frontier

A quorum was absent therefor no official business was transacted.

Joe Schofield said that a Frontier engineer have made a site visit to CTV in preparation for laying fiber optic cable to provide Frontier subscribers with CTV programs for the first time. Steve Gimmell from Frontier said CTV programs ought to be available to Frontier customers prior to the June CTAC meeting. On behalf of CTAC, Don Levy expressed the Council’s gratitude that CTV programs will soon be available on the Frontier cable system. Joe said that CTV programs are now being produced in High Definition. He said, however, that viewers are only able to access these programs in Standard Definition. Joe asked Steve to look into the possibility that the Frontier system would be capable of cablecasting CTV programs in HD. Joe also said that PEGPETIA equipment grants for the state of Connecticut would no longer be available due to the state’s budget shortfall. Joe indicated that he was spearheading a move in concert with other community cable operators to change the ongoing funding mechanism for the cable operators to provide equitable funding and to provide additional funding for equipment as well as to establish consistent and predictable financial support in light of the shrinking customer base of cable subscribers in general.

Steve Gimmell spoke about Frontier’s new download of the Vantage software. No advance notice of this download had been given to Frontier customers. Because the Vantage software changed many of the at-home cable functions this caused a great deal of confusion and concern among the customer base. Don pointed out that if CTAC had been alerted to this download and had the CTAC website been up and running the CTAC website could have alerted Frontier customers of the change. Don said this missed opportunity to provide service was the most glaring failure of CTAC during the time he has served on the Council. Steve said that once customers learned how to navigate using the Vantage download they would experience enhanced programming opportunities including being able to watch as many as four programs at the same time.

Ashley Sklar said that the mayor of New Haven had told the library director that the Mayor would be informing the Council of her new appointment to fill the CTAC seat vacated by Martha
Brogan.

Meeting ended at 6:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Don Levy, CTAC Secretary.

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Apr
2016

April 6, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: April 6, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:05.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), George Alexander, Treasurer (H), Don Levy, Secretary (H), Babz Rawls Ivy (NH), Peaches Quinn (Vice-Chair, NH)

Ashley Sklar

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast

The minutes for the March meeting were approved as corrected.

Sharon Codeanne of Comcast said the 15th Annual Comcast Cares Day will be held on Saturday, April 30 at New Haven’s Lincoln-Bassett School. Peaches Quinn inquired as to the status of Comcast resolving its dispute with the YES Network. Sharon said that the matter revolved around the fact that the cost of the YES Network was too high relative to the number of Comcast subscribers using the service.

The Council voted to pay Johnes the second half of the payment for work he did to migrate the CTAC website to the WordPress platform. CTAC will be exploring other options to add an online application for the CTAC Video Grants program. Babz and Peaches said they would reach out to their contacts to determine the cost and time required to perform this task. Don will forward the draft online application form to all to facilitate this addition to the website. George will provide Babz with administrative status on the website to allow her to analyze the steps required to make sure the website is functional and searchable for community members wishing to use it.

Tad indicated that he had hoped Joe from CTV and Steve from Frontier has been present to update the Council on the much discussed and long delayed attempt to have Frontier add CTV programs to its network.

Don indicated that the Council still required a communication from the New Haven Mayor in order to add Ashley Sklar to membership on the Council

The March regular meeting of CTAC was adjourned at 6:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by D. Levy, CTAC secretary

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