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P. O. Box 87
Newtown, Connecticut
~ Minutes ~
Minutes of Public Special Meeting –
Friday, March 23, 2012
Newtown, CT

There was a special meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:07 p.m., Friday,  March 23, 2012 by Vice Chairman Carmella Amodeo at the Newtown Municipal Center, Newtown, Connecticut.

ATTENDEES:   Vice Chariman Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), Carl Braun (Woodbury), Ray Juskiewicz (New Fairfield), Bob Bell (New Fairfield), Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Eugene Rosen (Newtown), George Linkletter (Sherman) and Paul Katzman (Southbury)

PURA Document 11-08-06
The purpose of this special meeting was to consider a motion from council member Gregory Davis concerning the Community Access Provider reviews.  It was noted that PURA did solicit input but the council did not respond.

MOTION:  Gregory Davis made a motion to endorse as a council the following exception to Docket No. 11-08-06 (PURA Investigation into Community Access Programming and Operations) - This council finds exception with draft decision in Docket No. 11-08-06 PURA INVESTIGATION INTO COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAMMING AND OPERATIONS because the words "ADVISORY COUNCIL" or any reference to the Advisory Council responsibilities per 16-331a (b) (j) are not found in the Conclusion.  

The marriage between Community Access and Advisory Councils is established in Connecticut General Statutes 16-331a.  

~~~~(b) Each company or organization selected pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, in consultation with the franchise's advisory council, shall provide facilities, equipment, and technical and managerial support to enable the production of meaningful community access programming within its franchise area. Each company shall include all its community access channels in its basic service package. Each company or organization shall annually review its rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the provision of community access programming. Such review shall include a period for public comment, a public meeting and consultation with the franchise's advisory council.

Ray Juskiewicz seconded the motion.
Vote: 8-0-0 (Motion approved)

There was a discussion regarding registering this exception before the deadline.  Greg Davis noted that item (j) of the Docket No. did not necessarily pertain to the advisory council and did not need to be included in the motion.

The main topic of discussion of this motion is that the council feels that the advisory council should be included and their responsibility should be defined in this Docket.

Vice Chairman Carmella Amodeo read a statement from Chairman Jim Lang in his absence. (Attached to the minutes of this meeting).        

It was decided that the council will send an e-mail to PURA regarding this.

The council thanked Gregory Davis for all his hard work and preparation for this meeting.

Ray Juskiewicz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:44pm- Vote 8-0-0 (Motion approved)