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17
May
2022

April 6, 2022 Minutes

Minutes from the Cable Television Advisory Council

ZOOM Meeting for April 6, 2022

Advisors Present:                                                     

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) – Chair George Alexander (Hamden) – Treasurer
Tom Costa (New Haven Library System)
Anthony Cardo (Hamden) – Assistant Secretary
Yvonne Manning-Jones (New Haven)
Johnes Ruta (New Haven) – Secretary

Advisors absent:

Melissa Canham-Clyne   (Hamden)

Laurel Coleman (Hamden) – Vice-Chair         Yvonne Manning Jones (New Haven)

Providers:
Joe Schofield      – CTV Representative   – Absent

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Representative – Present

I.   Call to Order & Roll Call: 6:05

II.   March Minutes   – written and submitted by Anthony Cardo.

a. No Revisions were suggested to the draft of the March Minutes by the members                      present.

b. Johnes makes Motion to accept the March Minutes as submitted. Tom Costa seconds
Motion.   Vote carried, with Peaches Quinn abstaining, as she was not at the March
Zoom meeting. Minutes will be submitted to George for posting on the CTAC
website.

III. Treasurer’s Report

  1. George Alexander reported no changes or monies spent since March report.

    IV.   CTV Community Television – Joe Schofield’s report.

    a. Joe Schofield reported the Staff meeting at CTV concerning reopening the State Street        facility   after recent Covid surges. CTV has a medical doctor on the Board of
    Directors who reaffirms concern about opening the CTV studios because of new              surge.   Peaches Quinn asks Joe who is on the CTV Staff now – Joseph reports
    all staff have survived through the pandemic so far.

  2. George Alexander points out that all Public Access channel outlets have funding
    issues. A CTV interactive Program Guide for channels, but the only program
    listing still are available only on the CTV website.

    c.   Question to Laurel (who is absent) whether the 2020 PSA for CTAC has yet been
    completed for CTV airing. Unresolved.

    d. Council discussion of pending legislation CT (Senate Bill) S.B. 278, which
    presently has 24 of 26 votes in the Communications Committee. It is our wish
    and purpose to advocate for this Bill as it will fully arrange funding for the
    state’s Community Access Channels on cable outlets and provide the annual
    stipend for the state’s Cable Advisory Councils:

    Peaches Quinn: “This Bill means that every cable company will contribute
    an 86 cent charge to BOTH cable television subscribers and internet access                         subscribers as well.”   Joe Scofield points out that presently “only cable television                     subscribers see this charge on their monthly bill. This is a Community Access
    Fee equal to 4.11 % of our budget requirements, as cable television subscriber
    membership has been steadily declining over the past several years, due to the
    availability of many video movie & news streaming services, from 70,00                            subscribers 15 years ago to 40,000 subscribers now.”
    Peaches recommends that CTAC produce a group letter (via email) to state
    CTAC’s advocacy of SB#278 to our respective city state legistators. Joe                           Schofield will compose a list of talking points for our advocacy, and Johnes
    Ruta will be appointed to these points to produce a draft letter to Peaches
    and a final Letter of Recommendation to Yvonne Manning-Jones to be sent
    to our CT legislators.   Yvonne make a Motion for this proposal. Johnes
    seconds the Motion. Vole unanimous.

  3. Comcast Report – Sharon Codeanne – not present

No new Comcast report available, but during March, Sharon Codeanne had distributed three Comcast flyers announcing the reduction of Internet Essentials monthly charges
to $0.00 for subscribers who qualify according to their reported income.

March 2, Comcast Report
• Comcast is supporting our customers by providing them with important information and
resources and helping them stay connected with loved ones:
o By saying “Ukraine crisis” into our X1 Voice Remote, customers can access a new destination across X1 and Flex featuring the latest news as it develops, information on how to support those in need, and resources to help parents talk about the situation with their children.
o We’re also waiving charges for calls to Ukraine for Xfinity Mobile & Xfinity Voice customers through March 10, as well as all data and Global Travel Pass charges for Xfinity Mobile customers who may currently be in Ukraine.
Programming Updates
• Effective March 22, 2022:
o Afro HD will move from the Digital Preferred tier to the Expanded Basic and Entertainment tiers (will remain on channel 1623).
o Kids Street HD will be added to the Expanded Basic and Kids & Family tiers on channel 1772.
• Effective March 31, 2022, Fox Life will cease operations. Miscellaneous
• $2,000 Comcast stipend check deposited in January

  1. Frontier Report

No new Frontier report available.

 

 

VII. Old Business D. – CTAC Paper Archives from the 1990s

(There are two medium-size boxes of paper archive records that were transferred
at the October meeting at Luce’s Restaurant from the possession of George Alexander
to Johnes Ruta. The issue is where these records can be stored for safe-keeping?)

a. Tom Costa gave Johnes the contact info for the Local History Room at New Haven
Ives Library, to be inquired as a location: Allison Botelho   203-946-8130 x 245. Johnes has contacted Allison but she has denied his request to store the records at their library. because of insufficient space at NHFPL.

b. Tom Costa contacted Johnes to report that the boxes of past archive papers can be
placed into the Library’s “Government Documents Collection” but will need to be
sorted for this purpose. Johnes agrees to work with this solution. Tom makes Motion
to this effect. George Alexander seconds this Motion. Council unanimous.

VIII. New Business – attendance policy.

a. Peaches make Motion to waive the Attendance Requirement, regarding Laurel
Coleman’s absences.   George Alexander acquiesces to this Motion with out           contest at this time, and states that he will monitor her attendance.

 

  1. George reports that GoDaddy has discontinued its website email service connected
    to our website cableadvisory.com and has implemented a transition to
    MicroSoft 365 email system, for an additional annual charge.
    Discussion about other options with GoDaddy website. Peaches make Motion
    for George to follow-up on this issue. Johnes seconds. Motion carried.

 

  1. Meeting Adjournment

    Next CTAC meeting set for Zoom call, Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, 6:00 PM.

    6:56 PM, Jonhes Ruta made a Motion to adjourn the meeting.
    Tom Costa seconded Motion. The Motion was unanimous.

    Minutes Submitted 04/21/2022 by: Johnes Ruta _Jonhes Ruta

                Anthony Cardo, Assistant Secretary

 

17
May
2022

March 2, 2022 Minutes

Minutes from the Cable Television Advisory Council

ZOOM Meeting for March 2, 2022

Advisors Present:                                                     

George Alexander (Hamden) – Treasurer
Johnes Ruta (New Haven) – Secretary
Melissa Canham-Clyne   (Hamden)
Anthony Cardo (Hamden) – Assistant Secretary
Advisor absent:

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) – Chair

Laurel Coleman (Hamden) – Vice-Chair         Yvonne Manning Jones (New Haven)
Tom Costa (New Haven Library System)
Providers:
Joe Schofield      – CTV Representative   – Absent

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Representative – Present

I.   Call to Order & Roll Call: 6:07 P.M Johnes Ruta presiding.

II.   February Minutes

a. No Revisions were suggested by the members present. An email will be sent out to all advisors for approval of the February Minutes.

III. Treasurer’s Report

  1. George Alexander reprted that the CTAC Fund Balance is $6,364.93. George also reported that the Post Office Box Bill is due by the end of the month and that he will pay it off. The Bill is for $332.00.

    IV.   CTV Community Television – Joe Schofield’s report.

    a. No Update

  2. Comcast Report – Sharon Codeane
  3. Community Impact
  • Comcast is supporting our customers by providing them with important information and resources and helping them stay connected with loved ones:

o By saying “Ukraine crisis” into our X1 Voice Remote, customers can access a                             new destination across X1 and Flex featuring the latest news as it                                     develops, information on how to support those in need, and resources to help

parents talk about the situation with their children.

o We’re also waiving charges for calls to Ukraine for Xfinity Mobile & Xfinity                              Voice customers through March 10, as well as all data and Global Travel
Pass charges for Xfinity Mobile customers who may currently be in
Ukraine.

  1. Programming Updates
  • Effective March 22, 2022:

o Afro HD will move from the Digital Preferred tier to the Expanded Basic and      Entertainment tiers (will remain on channel 1623).

o Kids Street HD will be added to the Expanded Basic and Kids & Family tiers on             channel 1772.

  • Effective March 31, 2022, Fox Life will cease operations.
  1. Miscellaneous
  • $2,000 Comcast stipend check deposited in January
  1. Frontier Report
  2. Peaches Quinn emailed a copy of the minutes from the Bi-monthly statewide meetings before the start of this month’s meeting which included a copy of the frontier report.

VII. Old Business

Old Business A. CTAC Public Service Announcement: Update Laurel

  1. Deferred to April

Old Business B. Facebook/Website Update Yvonne/George

  1. Deferred to April

Old Business C. – CTAC Community Award

a. Melissa Canham-Clyne reported that Laurel Coleman has resigned from the committee and the committee was thinking of including Tom Costa to the committee. Melissa also           reported that the committee will be meeting again soon to figure out the requirements for   the award and how to leverage the award to draw in interest from West Haven.

  1. George Alexander suggested to the committee to think about giving out the awards to the previous nonprofits that the Cable Advisory Committee has given out to before.

Old Business D. – CTAC Paper Archives from the 1990s

            (There are two medium-size boxes of paper archive records that were transferred
at the October meeting at Luce’s Restaurant from the possession of George Alexander
to Johnes Ruta. The issue is where these records can be stored for safe-keeping?)

a. Tom Costa gave Johnes the contact info for the Local History Room at New Haven
Ives Library, to be inquired as a location: Allison Botelho   203-946-8130 x 245. Johnes   has contacted Allison but she has denied his request to store the records at their library.        She recommended him contact to New Haven Museum.

b. 3/2/2022 – Johnes reported: As of this meeting he hasn’t established contact with the            New Haven Museum in regards to archiving the Committee’s records.

  1. George Alexander asked Melissa Canham-Clyne if the Hamden Library could archive and store the records. Melissa stated the Hamden Library did not have the room to do so.

    VIII.   New Business

  2. None
  3. Subscriber Issues
  4. George reported outside of spam emails, no update.
  5. Other Topics
  6. Johnes Ruta suggested that maybe for the May meeting the committee meet in person for another dinner meeting.
  7. Meeting Adjournment

    Next CTAC meeting set for Zoom call, Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, 6:00 PM.
    6:48 PM, Jonhes Ruta made a Motion to adjourn the meeting. George Alexander   seconded it. The Motion was unanimous.
    Minutes Submitted 3/5/2022 by: _Anthony Cardo ______________________________

Anthony Cardo, Assistant Secretary

Minutes Reviewed 3/15/2022 by: _Jonhes Ruta ______________________________

Johnes Ruta, Secretary

17
May
2022

February 2, 2022 Minutes

Minutes from the Cable Television Advisory Council

ZOOM Meeting for February 2, 2022

Advisors Present:                                                     

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) – Chair
George Alexander (Hamden) – Treasurer
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) – Vice-Chair
Yvonne Manning Jones (New Haven)
Tom Costa (New Haven Library System)
Johnes Ruta (New Haven) – Secretary
Melissa Canham-Clyne   (Hamden)

Advisor absent:
Anthony Cardo (Hamden) – Assistant Secretary

Providers:
Joe Schofield      – CTV Representative   – Present

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Representative

I.   Call to Order & Roll Call: 6:05 P.M Peaches Quinn presiding.

II. Giovanni Zinn – New Haven City Engineer – CTAC Guest

a. CTAC members self-introductions by Peaches.

b.   Giovanni Zinn (GZ), originally from Hamden, lives in New Haven.
(1) GZ talks about the community need for internet access, and how Comcast’s
provision of the Internet Essentials plan has helped low-income families who
qualify. He further discusses the so-called “Digital Divide” – the inequities
of internet technologies as they’ve been wired in different neighborhoods,
the wiring density and problems with electrical interference.

(2) GZ talks about economic opportunities in the New Haven/ Hamden/ West
Haven district.

(3)   FIOS – Fiber Optic Operating System implementation. GZ talks about issues
regarding installation of FIOS wiring to all sections of New Haven, and issues
around in-ground or above ground lines.

 (4)   George Alexander raises questions about the status of the geographic                                         connections of the New Haven / Hamden cable borders. Giovanni
Zinn replies: “We need to work together for this implementation.”

(5)   Melissa Canham-Clyne asks about Infrastructure access for the public,
especially the connectivity in Senior housing. The elements are:
1. why people connect
2. what is the affordability of plans
3. are there Grants available, such as the Human IT plan in Califirnia?

(6) Internet as Infrastructure
(a) Peaches Quinn question: “Doe Infrastructure provide monetary funds for
internet training ?” GZ: “We will determine how to create Teaching                                    Centers.” Peaches asks if we can involve Boards of Education to
develop digital literacy ? GZ: “We are developing ways to ‘plug’ the
digital gap [pun intended].”

(7) Tom Costa asks about the time frame for the funding of Fiber Optics
implementation. GZ: “Soon.”

(8) GZ talks about the need for digital literacy in order to help cable subscribers
with connectivity problems and how to describe them to cable technical                             support.

III.   November Minutes

a. George Alexander says that requested corrections had not been made to the
documents, but then explains that his email had not received the corrected
Minutes that were sent to him.

  1. George Alexander’s Treasurer’s Report: CTAC Fund Balance is $6,364.93.
    There was one expense in 2022 so far” Yvonne paid for GoDaddy SSL
    Certificate $95.94.

    IV.   CTV Community Television   – Joe Schofield’s report.

    a. Joe Schofiled says that the cut in CTV Funding during the pandemic has caused
    CTV to lay-off all their Production Staff, as independent producers was totally
    off during the pandemic, and the CTV facility closed (but for skeleton programming                    staff).

    b. Joe reports that CT-New Haven State Senator (Pro Tem) has joined support for
    CT Senate Bill (yet unnamed) to benefit CTV.

    V.   Old Business A. – CTAC Community Award

    a. Peaches Quinn makes Motion to form an Award Committee in CTAC to be tasked
    with writing two or three proposals as what to do to develop an award protocol?

  2. Specifically, what is meant by each idea? Example: How to improve Digital
    Literacy knowledge and access.

    c. George seconds this Motion. Vote unanimous. Laurel Coleman, Yvonne Manning-
    Jones, and Melissa Canham-Clyne volunteer for this committee.

    VI.   Old Business B. – CTAC Paper Archives from the 1990s

                (There are two medium-size boxes of paper archive records that were transferred
    at the October meeting at Luce’s Restaurant from the possession of George Alexander
    to Johnes Ruta. The issue is where these records can be stored for safe-keeping?)

    Tom Costa gives Johnes the contact info for the Local History Room at New Haven
    Ives Library, to be inquired as a location: Allison Botelho   203-946-8130 x 245.

    2/3/2022 – Johnes reporting: his contact with Ms. Botelho, but her question as to the
    potential horizontal size of records to be stored and sorted and filed by subject would
    be much more width than available in the Local History shelves…. Request denied.
    Recommends contact to New Haven Museum.

    VII.   Meeting Adjournment

    Next CTAC meeting set for Zoom call, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, 6:00 PM.

    7:30 PM, Peaches Quinn makes Motion to adjourn the meeting. Johnes Ruta seconds.
    Motion unanimous.

    Minutes Submitted 2/22/2022 by: _Johnes Ruta ______________________________
    Johnes Ruta, Secretary

(Anthony Cardo, Assistant Secretary)

13
Jan
2022

January 5, 2022 Minutes

Final Minutes from the Cable Television Advisory Council

ZOOM Meeting for January 5, 2022

Advisors Present:                                                     

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) – Chair
George Alexander (Hamden) – Treasurer
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) – Vice-Chair
Johnes Ruta (New Haven) – Secretary
Anthony Cardo (Hamden) – Assistant Secretary
Yvonne Manning Jones (New Haven)
Tom Costa (New Haven Library System)

            Advisors Absent:
Melissa Canham-Clyne   (Hamden)

Providers:
Sharon Codeane – Comcast Representative
Joe Schofield      – CTV Representative

I.   Call to Order & Roll Call: 6:08 P.M Peaches Quinn presiding.

II.   Review and Approval of Minutes for December 1, 2021, Zoom Meeting

  1. George Alexander had stated earlier that he had never received copies of the
    November meeting Minutes, either in Draft or Final. Johnes replies that the
    Draft of the November Minutes had been sent to the email CTACForward on
    November 26, and that the November Minutes had still not been voted on as final.
    Nov. Minutes, approved pending corrections, have now been corrected and                      submitted to George as Final for the website.

    b. Correction to December Minutes written by Anthony was submitted by email
    earlier today by Laurel for correction to the spelling of her surname “Coleman.”
    Anthony had corrected this and resubmitted the December Minutes.
    Peaches makes Motion to accept the December Minutes. 2nded by Johnes.
    Vote is unanimous.

    III.   Treasurer’s Report
    George states that the present balance of CTAC funds is still $5,006. No further updates.
    George states that the End-of-Year Financial Report includes update of expenditures.

    IV.     CTV – Citizens Television   – No report.
    a. Laurel reports that the CTV studio has not yet reopened to the public or for CTAC
    meetings.

    V.    Comcast Report – No report.
    a. Comcast Representative Sharon Codeanne communicated to George Alexander to
    inquire if the Annual Comcast Stipend of $2,000 to CTAC had yet been received at
    the CTAC Post Office Box? George had replied to Sharon by email, yes in the
    affirmative.

  2. Frontier Report – No update.
       a. Peaches at tends the statewide council meeting. She did not attend the last meeting
    but will circulate the Minutes.


VII. Old Business

a. CTAC Public Service Announcement, video recorded in Feb. 2020, is still not on CTV,
as the CTV studios are still closed to non-staff due to ongoing pandemic.

b   CTAC Facebook Page: Yvonne reports no news or issues on the CTAC Facebook
page.

c. Tom Costa provides news update of Internet issues addressed in passage of Pres. Biden’s            $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill: $65 Billion was thereby addressed for High-Speed
Internet Access for all US locations. George Alexander questions Tom regarding how       does this Bill provide for development of New Haven’s Internet Infrastructure ?
Tom replies that each state has a certain financial amount to apply for.

d. Peaches asks the council members about inviting the New Haven area CT State                  Senator Gary Winfield to attend the February CTAC meeting to learn more about
the stipulations of this Bill regarding the Internet. Johnes asks whether it is known
if this Bill has redefined the internet as a “Public Utility” as this change was never
addressed under the previous Pres.’s FCC policies. Tom Costa reads Summary of
the Congressional Bill passed with $1.2 Trillion that includes:
1. Broadband delivery to remote areas of the US,
2. High Speed Internet Cable deployment,
3. purpose to “close the digital divide.”

VIII. SSL Certificate purchase for CTAC’s website cableAdvisory.org
CTAC Website: Yvonne Manning-Jones asks for resolution to proposed purchase and      installation of SSL Certificate. There was agreement that GoDaddy’s offer was         acceptable. Peaches Quinn proposes a Motion for Yvonne to obtain and install a SSL
Certificate of her choice up to an expenditure of $150. Johnes 2nds this Motion.
Vote carried unanimously.

IX. CTAC Community Awards – $1,000

Laurel Coleman recommends Fischer House for our Community Award for 2022,
Peaches proposes possible award for one of our district’s school systems to purchase
video equipment. .

X.   New Business

a. Peaches Quinn, as discussed in previous meetings, states she will invite CT Senator
Gary Winfield (D-New Haven) to attend and participate in our next Zoom meeting,
February 2, 2022, regarding CT Legislative issues of cable television and the internet,      and to interpret how the passed US Congressional Bill on Infrastructure will affect
CT. Discussion follows Tom Costa’s recommendation for CTAC to invite the New
Haven City Engineer Director of City Infrastructure, named Giovanni Zinn, and
reads the news article of his award as New Havener of the Year.
Discussion about whether to invite Gary Winfield or Giovani Zinn first to our next
meeting.   George makes a Motion to invite Gary Winfield to attend February or
March CTAC meeting according to his estimation of timing, and, to inquire of
Gary what the CTAC might do to help his work in the CT Legislature. And that
we should similarly contact Giovanni Zinn according to his availability.
Johnes 2nds this Motion. Vote carried as unanimous.

b. Subscriber correspondence: George states there was none in December.

c. Peaches questions the council about any desire to change the starting time of our
monthly meeting. Discussion brings forth no such proposals.
Peaches proposes possible CTAC dinner for the next meeting, possible pizza,
since there were only two dinner expenditures from the CTAC budget, in June
and October. It is agreed that this will be discussed among members during
January by email for February meeting.

XI. Next meeting : scheduled for Wednesday February 2.
Meeting adjourned at 7:14 pm.

Minutes Submitted by: _Johnes Ruta ______________________________
Johnes Ruta, Secretary

(Anthony Cardo, Assistant Secretary)

10
Jan
2022

December 2, 2021 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Minutes   December 2, 2020 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
            (due to virus pandemic)

Advisors present:

Peaches Quinn – (New Haven) – Acting Chair
George Alexander – (Hamden) – Treasurer
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) – Advisor
Laurel Colemen (Hamden) Advisor
Anthony Cardo   (Hamden) Advisor
John Jessen (New Haven Free Public Library System – NHFPL)
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Advisors absent:
Melissa Canham-Clyne   (Hamden)
Sharon Codeane – Comcast Representative
Joe Schofield         – CTV Representative

  1. Call to order 6:02pm.   Teleconference members on Zoom.

    All members have received XMAS benefit Grubhub delivered pizza items from De Legna
    X Nolo at their residences. Requests received and ordered submitted by Acting Secretary
    Johnes Monday and Tuesday. Ordering required reimbursement to Johnes debit-card for
    $169.43 as the CTAC Connex Credit-Union credit-card would not register for payment
    on Grubhub or either UberEats or DoorDash websites. Connex was contacted but card
    problem not solved.   Reimbursement completed by George.

    2.     New Business
    a.   Yvonne reports that Comcast announcement that it will now charge for “excessive data usage.”     $10 extra on bill for every 50GB over the 1.2 TeraByte threshold up to $100.

    Anthony Cardo concurs on this threshold report. Comcast claims that this will only
    affect 5% of its customers. All CTAC members agree that this is a concern for older
    people, especially during the current Covid-19 Pamdemic, when many subscribers,
    especially elders in nursing home, are confined to indoors all the time.

    b.   Johnes reports that Comcast has eliminated their free Norton AntiVirus download
    for subscribers’ internet protection, effective December 31, 2020.

    c.   George Alexander makes a Motion that CTAC writes to Sharon Codeanne, the Comcast
    Representative for an explanation of this added “Excessive Data Usage” charge.
    Johnes seconds this Motion. Vote unanimous.

    3. Old Business

    a.   Regarding New Haven Library System CTAC participation, Peaches Quinn questions
    City Librarian Advisor John Jessen as to what will be the NHFPL agenda to interface
    with the CTAC ?   John Jessen provides his work cell phone number to confer with
    Peaches and CTAC members.

    b.   Peaches also asks John Jessen: “What about NHFPL provision for City-Wide WiFi?”
    John Jessen replies: “Some schools have already installed WiFi antennae on roofs
    for local coverage for up to a 3 city-block radius around a school.”
    George asks John what is the cost to add a WiFi “hotspot” ?
    John reports the charge of $30 per month, so that five hotspots will cost $150.

    George reminds us that CTAC has a “mission” to be mindful of community needs,
    such as school children needing internet access during the pandemic school closings
    and on-line teaching. .

    George questions whether there are funding donors that can be contacted to defer these
    costs ? Laurel Coleman mentions the on-going CT State initiative for expanded WiFi               coverage, scuh as the state Technology Group, and the New Haven IT Group.

    c.   Johnes questions the privacy and security of public hotspots, especially regarding
    retail purchases made with credit-cards ?

    d.   Peaches requests John Jessen to enhance the request letter from City-Wide WiFi before
    it will be submitted to the Mayors’ offices for to New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven,
    and the CT State Legislature Communications Committee taskforce. John agrees to this
    request. This process will be addressed in three steps:

  2. Follow-up draft of letter to mayors of the three towns in our district,

    2. We should make contact the CT State IT Committee and invite them to the
    January CTAC Zoom meeting.

    3. John Jessen will reach out to the Legislative Office.

    Johnes Ruta makes Motion to pursue these objectives during December.
    Yvonne Manning-Jones seconds this Motion. Vote unanimous.

    4.         Treasurer’s Report   – George Alexander

    Treasurer’s Report. Peaches asks if there is any news to report for November. George:
    “Not at this time.”

  3. COMCAST Sharon Codeanne – Comcast Representative – not in attendance.

    6.     CTV Report     Joe Schofield – Executive Director CTV – not in attendence.
    No report.

    7.   Next CTAC Meeting by Zoom, scheduled for January 6th, 2021, 6:00pm.
    December 2nd, 2020 CTAC Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta, (New Haven)
    Acting Secretary, December 22, 2020.

8
Jan
2022

November 3, 2021 Minutes

Minutes from the Cable Television Advisory Council

Zoom Monthly Meeting for November 3, 2021

Advisors Present:                                                   

Peaches Quinn       (New Haven) – Chair

George Alexander (Hamden) – Treasurer

Tom Costa           (New Haven Library System Representative)

Laurel Colman       (Hamden) – Vice-Chair

Johnes Ruta           (New Haven) – Secretary

Yvone Manning Jones – Advisor (New Haven)

Sharon Codeanne (Comcast Representative)

Advisors Absent:

Melissa Canham-Clyne   New member – (Hamden Library System Representative)

Anthony Cardo (Hamden) – Assistant Secretary

  1. Call to Order 6:03 PM, , Zoom Roll Call, and Review of October Minutes

    Draft of Minutes had been distributed October 24, with request for any member’s
    modifications. No modifications have been requested. Secretary Johnes Ruta had
    released October Minutes by email to members as “Final.”

    Yvonne Manning-Jones makes a Motion to Approve the October Minutes.
    Tom Costa seconds this Motion. Vote is unanimous, carried.

    II.  Treasurer’s Report

    George states that the September balance of CTAC funds was $5,006.30, and was reduced by the dinner check of the October 6 meeting at Ristorante Luce’ in Hamden
    by $570.34, including service tip, to the current balance of $4,435.79.

    Peaches makes Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report; Johnes Seconds this Motion.
    Vote unanimous, and carried.

III.     CTV – Citizens Television

*   Joe Schofield, Exec Director of CTV has not communicated with CTAC.
Laurel reports that the CTV studio has not yet reopened to the public or for
CTAC meetings.

 

  1. Comcast Report – COMCAST Report – Representative Sharon Codeanne attending.

    Community Impact

    • Comcast has provided a $15,000 MyFuture grant and a $25,000 Lift Zone Opportunity Fund   grant to the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
    • Comcast has provided a $15,000 Digital Equity grant to LEAP
    • Comcast has provided a $10,000 Internet Essentials Digital Skills grant to the New Haven       Free Public Library
    • Comcast has provided a $5,000 grant to ARTE, Inc.
    • Comcast has provided a $2,500 grant to Concepts for Adaptive Learning
    • Comcast has provided a $5,000 grant to the United Way of Greater New Haven

    Programming Updates

    • Effective November 16th G4 will be added to Digital Starter and the Entertainment Genre        Pack
    • Effective December 31st NBC Sports Network will cease operations.

    Sharon asks the question of where to send the 2022 Comcast check for this Cable Television
    Advisory Council support, as this will normally be sent to George Alexander the Treasurer,
    and George will be moving his residence at the end of January to a new apartment location, also in Hamden ?   George responds that he will notify Sharon of his new address.

    Peaches Quinn asks about the “Rise” Program Grants for minority-owned businesses,
    and how these will be processed?Sharon replies that these grants will be processed through
    a designated bank in our district, specifically the Cross Point Credit Union.

    Peaches asks Sharon about the outstanding case of a Comcast subscriber with a so-called
    “revolving-door penalty” for compounding late charges on one payment that was late ?
    Sharon states that this case is being investigated by the accelerated Customer Service
    supervisory.  Tom Costa asks if there is a Customer Service telephone number on the
    Comcast Bill ? Sharon answers that yes there is a valid number. Sharon further states that
    it is the customer’s responsibility to read their Bill..   And also that Comcast will sent a
    notification of a shutoff before the scheduled termination.

    George asks Sharon whether New Haven possibly offering “City-Wide High-Speed WiFi ?
    Sharon replies that she will look into this possibility.
    Sharon Codeanne reports: “PURA has done-away with Franchise Agreements legislation –
    substituting with a “Certificate of Franchise Authority” which must offer services in
    accordance with CT State Law.   Regarding other cable options in the New Haven 3-town area, Comcast also offers pole-by-pole RENTAL, requiring payment for each pole carrying
    other Cable company lines.

    Peaches asks Sharon what is the so-called “Internet Adoption” ? Sharon explains that it
    is also called “Internet Essentials” – a plan of $10.99 per month for low-income households.
    This retains the video quality of “29 down and 3 up.” (?)

    Peaches asks Sharon the status of the Data-Caps limits to 300 Tera bytes per month on
    internet download usage. This was a new Comcast policy proposed in the months before
    the Covid-19 quarantine public shut-down, and had been prospectively blocked by a Legislative Bill put forward by Governor Lamont, which had died with the end of the 2020
    Legislative Session. Sharon replies that there is no current plan to implement Data-Caps.

    Peaches asks Sharon about wording changes on the State-wide Advisory documentation.
    Sharonwill investigate this issue.

    V.    Frontier Cable Report

    Peaches Quinn reports that she was unable to attend the State-Wide Cable Advisory meeting due to her family health issues at that time. Therefore, she has no new to report of this meeting.

    George Alexander states: “Frontier Customer Service is totally uneducated. Example:
    the rep advised a customer to only reboot their router when actually a tree had fallen
    on the wires during a wind storm. The Service man did not fix the phone even though
    there was no dial-tone.” George posted a Public Complaint on the Nextdoor blog.

    VI. Old Business

    By-Laws:
    A new By-Laws document was edited by Johnes Ruta, clarifying a policy to allow
    CTAC members representing district City Library Systems and Boards of Education
    even if they live in a different town that their system. Also to clarify to allow members
    of each town in the district, where previous By-Laws rules were unclear on this allowance.
    Peaches makes Motion to approve By-Laws document. George seconds this Motion.
    Vote – all in favor. Carried.

    Yvonne reports that she has contacted the City of New Haven Mayor’s Office for a
    link on the City website to CTAC website and Minutes pages.

    The CTAC PSA – Laurel reports that the CTV video PSA is not yet on the CTV channels
    26. 27, or 96. But there is a mention of CTAC reference on a CTV Notice-board.

    George has updated the CTAC membership webpage with the new By-Laws and the Minutes
    now up to date.

    Broadband Access: Tom and Melissa were waiting for the Mayoral elections of Tuesday
    November 2nd to be settled before contacting their respective City Halls about this issue.

    VII New Business

    CTAC records archiving:
    Tom Costa presents three opportunities for long-term storage of CTAC documents running back to the early 1990s, that George transferred in two boxes to Johnes on October 6 for disposition: Tom’s options:
    1. Materials to be stored in New Haven Local History Archives in the New Haven Ives           Library.
    2. Hamden Public Library Historical Room – storage would be cost-free. Melissa will
    pursue this possibility.
    3. New Haven Museum – preservation archives. What would be the limitations of this           option?

 

 

Question: are these papers and documents in chronological order ?   Johnes will check.

The December CTAC Meeting will not be a dinner, as was done in October.
Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 1st at 6:00 pm via ZOOM.
Peaches makes Motion to accept this plan, concerning the CTAC budget. Johnes seconds this Motion. All in favor.

Peaches makes Motion to adjourn presnt meeting at 7:30 pm. Johnes seconds. Carried.

November 3, 2021 CTAC Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta, Secretary CTAC
on Friday November 26, 2021.

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October 6, 2021 Minutes

Minutes from the Cable Television Advisory Council

Monthly Meeting for October 6, 2021
in-person venue at Luce’ Ristaurante Italiano, Hamden, CT

Advisor’s Present:                                                    Advisor’s Absent:

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) – Chair

George Alexander (Hamden) – Treasurer

Laurel Colman (Hamden) – Vice-Chair

Johnes Ruta (New Haven) – Secretary

Anthony Cardo (Hamden) – Assistant Secretary

Yvone Manning Jones (New Haven)

Tom Costa (New Haven Library System Representative)

Melissa Canham-Clyne   New member – (Hamden Library System Representative)

 

  1. Call to Order & Roll Call: 6:06 P.M

    * Meeting presided by Laurel Colman in absence of Peaches Quinn at time meeting
    convenes.
    * Introduction of new member Melissa Canham-Clyne representing Hamden Public Library
    System, Note of allowance of her membership by CTAC By-Laws, though a resident
    of New Haven. Self-introductions of existing member to the new member.

    II.   Review and Approval of Minutes for August 7, 2021, Zoom Meeting

* Yvonne Manning-Jones specifies an error in Item IV of the August 2021 Minutes
(taken by Anthony) indicating that she had “abstained” on the vote to accept the Minutes,
but states that she did not and “would not have any reason to do so.” A correction to
Item IV of the August Minutes is indicated. Otherwise, with this one correction to be
made, Anthony makes a Motion to accept the Minutes for August. Johnes Seconds
this Motion. Vote – all in favor – carried.

Yvonne Manning-Jones enters a Motion to create a link to the CTAC Minutes to be put
online into the New Haven Boards & Commissions website. Peaches Quinn Seconds
this Motion. Vote – all unanimous, Carried.

Peaches Quinn (Chairperson) arrives and assumes Chair of the Meeting, apologizes for arriving late, due to a health situation at home, states importance and collegialship of our meeting procedures .

III. CTAC Mission

Peaches speaks about the CT State Statutes 16-333 pertaining to Cable Franchises
and Advisory Councils. Peaches’ research discovered a summary by Kevin McCarthy’s
of the OLR – Office of Legislative Research – “What Cable Advisory Councils are All
About,”   and gives copies of this report to the CTAC members, that we exist as an
advisory council to Comcast to represent public issues to Comcast. Johnes points out
that CTAC reports to P.U.R.A. (the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority).

IV.   Treasurer’s Report

George states that the present balance of CTAC funds is $5,006.30. No spending            of         funds occurred during past month. Peaches brings up question of how to show any
spending remittances. Johnes suggests simply printing the online banking statement
of these.   Peaches refused to entertain this as a “Motion.”

Peaches makes Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report; Yvonne Seconds this Motion
All in favor but Johnes who Abstains. Motion carried.

V.    Comcast Report

Comcast Represe ntative Sharon Codeanne was unable to attend this meeting due to         Covid and a recent death in her family. She was also to send her email report, but this
was also not received.

  1. Frontier

    * Peaches picks up information on Frontier from the Statewide-Media Advisory Council.
    Says Frontier did not want to participate at the local Advisory councils, rather than on
    the local councils. The Statewide meetings can be attended by members of our Council
    and Peaches recommends that any member do so.

    * Elaine Burkhart is working on re-wording the By-Laws of state and local advisories.
    Peaches wants our Council to learn what the new wording of Legislative Bills
    will be ?

    *   Peaches states she has learned that the names of Cable Tevelision Advisory Councils
    on the state and local level is being changed to “Video Advisory Council.”
    Johnes asks what are the ramifications of this name change might be concerning
    councils’ jurisdiction?   Peaches does not know what this entails.

    VII.    CTV – Citizens Television

    *   Laurel reports that the CTV studio has not yet reopened to the public or for CTAC
    meetings. Nether has the CTAC PSA for CTV been completed for broadcast, but
    meetings are announced on the CTV Community Bulletin Board.

* Peaches asks whether the Citizens Television Comcast channels 26, 27, & 96
are available online. No.
VIII. Old Business

* By-Laws: What changes have been approved to the wording of membership
regulation of Boards of Education and Library Systems of towns in our jurisdiction.

* CTAC Facebook Page: Yvonne reports no new news or issues on the CTAC Facebook
page.

* Community Awards:   No activity has been planned or accomplished.
Anthony is seeking a non-profit Veteran organization to be give a financial award.

* Peaches suggests that CTAC again seek high-school and/or middle-school for
video workshops for video production training. This might help teachers also
who often are the ones purchasing materials and equipment using their own funds.

IX.   New Business

*   Yvonne speaks about a new video internet service in East Hartford called
SiFiNetwork,com which has be come a partner with the town of East Hartford
with a plan with coverage for 30 towns inclusive.

* Yvonne talks about GoNetSpeed which is expanding service to Milford proposing
a FLEX-Plan for subscription payments with no-contracts. Yvonne suggests
CTAC list comparative subscription rates of cable and alternative video options
on the CTAC website, a monthly column “In the News” category for the webpage,
in order to help .

* Yvonne makes a Motion to this extent for a monthly column on “Cable News.”
Johnes Seconds this Motion. Vote is unanimous.

* Tom Costa relates Library actions to provide FREE WiFi Access within 3 blocks
of Main New Haven Public Library. This has been proposed in the past, but no
actions taken to implement. Peaches makes Motion for Melissa to look into
WiFi Access which is outside of NH Library range.   Johnes Seconds this Motion.
Vote – all in favor, carried.

*   Peaches makes a Motion to have Tom Costa and Melissa partner to draft a letter
to the mayors of all three towns (Hamden, New Haven, & West Haven), after
the upcoming town elections for public City-Wide Free WiFi Access, and to
determine the cost information and estimates of how this would be paid-for
for uch a plan.   Johnes Seconds this Motion. Vote is all in favor, carried.

X.   Minutes Archiving

* George speaks about the paper archive records of the CTAC which go back to
the 1990s, of Minutes and financial records. George wishes these records find
a way to be digitized and created into PDF documents to preserve the history
of CTAC. Peaches recommends we hire a service to scan and organize these
records consisting of two heavy boxes of papers and documents.
George makes a Motion to have this done. Laurel Seconds this Motion,
and the vote is unanimous. Johnes offers to take these boxes from George
and seek scanning professional services and costing expenses.

XI.   CTAC Budget

* Peaches recommends a new documentation chart for organizing the CTAC Budget
to work out expense categories into a columned template for such needs as Meeting
expenses, Legal fees, Community Outreach and website expenses, and Community
Awards.   George Alexander objects to this as unneeded for documentation; all that is
needed is simple reporting of expenses.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Next Meeting:   November 3, 2021. via Zoom
Submitted by: _Johnes Ruta ______________________________

Jonhes Ruta, Secretary

Anthony Caro, Assistant Secretary

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August 8, 2021 Minutes

Minutes from the Cable Television Advisory Council

Monthly Zoom Meeting for August 8, 2021

 

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Advisor’s Present:                                                    Advisor’s Absent:

Peaches Quinn (New Haven) – Chair                         Laurel Colman (Hamden) – Vice-Chair

George Alexander (Hamden) – Treasurer

Johnes Ruta (New Haven) – Secretary

Anthony Cardo (Hamden) – Assistant Secretary

Yvone Manning Jones (New Haven)

Tom Costa (New Haven Library Representative)

 

Call to Order & Roll Call: 5:35 P.M.

  1. Review and Approval of Minutes for July 7, 2021, Zoom Meeting

Ms. Quinn made a motion to approve the minutes, which was seconded by Ms. Jones. The motion passed unanimously.

  1. Council Issues:
    1. Officer Elections:

Officer election results: Chair – Peaches Quinn, Vice-Chair – Laurel Colman, Treasurer – George Alexander, Secretary – Johnes Ruta, Assistant Secretary – Anthony Cardo

Mr. Ruta made a motion to approve the officer elections, which was seconded by Mr. Alexander. The motion passed unanimously.

  1. Revision to By-Law:
    1. Proposed revision 1, change all mentions of Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) in the By-Laws to Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to reflect a change in the organization.

Mr. Ruta made a motion to approve proposed revision 1, which was seconded by Ms. Jones. The motion passed unanimously.

 

  1. Proposed revision 2, incorporate the revision proposed by Mr. Alexander revision, which was brought up and approved by the council in May. (See May Minutes)

Mr. Ruta made a motion to approve proposed revision 2, which was seconded by Ms. Jones. The motion passed unanimously.

  • Action Item:

Mrs. Quinn volunteered to mark up the By-Laws with the suggested revisions and will submit them to the council for final approval and publishing.

  • CTV Report:
    1. No new report
    2. Issue/Topic/ Viewer Complaint:

Viewer complaint: Mr. Ruta noted that network programs were featuring programs that were being cut off before the end of the scheduled showtime. This issue may have been resolved but will be followed up with CTV.

  1. Comcast Report:
    1. No new report
    2. Issue/Topic/ Viewer Complaint:
      1. July 7th subscriber letter update

No connection has been made with the family by Peaches Quinn and an update from Comcast Representative Ms. Codeane confirmed that a consumer can fall in a perpetual late fee payment loop.

Ms. Quinn made a motion to publish a public warning/comment on the dangers of getting caught in a late payment loop on the council’s website and Facebook page, which was seconded by Mr. Ruta. The motion was passed with 4 votes Yay and 2 votes Abstain. (Ms. Quinn, Mr. Ruta, Mr. Costa, Mr. Cardo voted to approve and Mr. Alexander and Ms. Jones voted to abstain)

  1. Action Item:

Mrs. Quinn volunteered to write up the alert and submit it for publishing.

  • Mr. Costa suggested to contact the Attorney General and inform them of this anti-consumer practice

Mr. Ruta made a motion to follow through with Mr. Costa’s suggestion, which was seconded by Ms. Jones. The motion passed unanimously.

  1. A suggestion was made to contact Ms. Codeane and ask to provide a contact phone number for consumers to call and seek help if caught in a late fee payment loop.
  2. Another suggestion was made to include the consumer number in the PSA as well.
  1. Frontier Report:
    1. No new report
    2. A motion was made to advertise the next bi-monthly Frontier meeting on the website and the Facebook page. The motion passed unanimously.
  2. Old Business:
    1. CTAC Public Service Announcement:
      1. No update
    2. CTAC Facebook Page:
      1. No update
    3. Community Awards:
      1. No update
      2. Open to other suggestions
    4. CTAC Website:
      1. Ms. Jones made a motion to add a link to the Facebook page to the website, which Mr. Ruta seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
    5. Letter to 3 Mayors Urging City Wide Internet:
      1. No update
  • New Business:
    1. No new business
  • Subscriber Issues:
    1. No update
  1. Other topics:
    1. Costa learned that Cross Point Federal Union in Hamden, CT is the local point of contact for Comcast’s Inclusive Funding program
    2. Alexander made a motion for Mr. Costa to use his connections to reach out to the West Haven’s head librarian to find out about their interest in joining the CTAC meetings, which Mr. Ruta seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion to Adjourn:

Mr. Ruta made a motion to adjourn, Ms. Quinn seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 7:27 P.M.

Next Meeting:

September 1, 2021.

 

 

 

Submitted by: _______________________________

Jonhes Ruta, Secretary

Anthony Caro, Assistant Secretary

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July 7, 2021 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Minutes   July 7, 2021 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
 

Attending members:

Peaches Quinn (New Haven)   Acting Chairperson – ZOOM Host
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) Advisor
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) Advisor
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Tom Costa (New Haven Library System)   Advisor
Anthony Cardo (Hamden) Advisor
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Joe Schofield         – CTV Representative – not in attendance.

Sharon Codeanne – Comcast Representative – not in attendance

  1. Call to order 6:06pm. II.   Welcome and Minutes(a) Zoom video recording:   Peaches make Motion to henceforth video record the
    Zoom meetings and publish to the CTAC Facebook page and the CTAC website
    https://www.cableadvisory.org/ George states that CTAC meetings are “public meetings”
    according to our By-Laws, including Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven.
    Johnes seconds Motion to video our meetings on Zoom. Brief discussion.
    Motion vote – all are in favor, Yes.

    (b) June Minutes – acceptance is deferred pending revisions.

    (c)   May Minutes approved? Yes, all drafts are complete. Peaches has sent a copy of the
    Fourth Draft. George will put the May Minutes onto the CTAC website.

    III.    Treasurer’s Report – George Alexander

    (a) George reports that the Brewery Street P.O. Box charge has been paid. Otherwise
    “there have been no changes” – no expenditures, no income.

    (b) CTAC Connex Card: Johnes reports that the Grubhub charges for members’ June
    meeting orders did not execute, so that he had to use his own credit-card to pay
    for all six orders. Was then reimbursed, Peaches recommended that Johnes contact
    Connex and Grubhub again to configure the credit card into the Grubhub account.

    IV.     CTV Report – Joe Schofield – No report filed.   Mr. Schofield is not in attendance.

    V.     Comcast Report – Sharon Codeanne (not in attendance).

(a) COMCAST PRESS RELEASE

Comcast

One Comcast Center

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.comcastcorporation.com

COMCAST ADVANCES ECONOMIC MOBILITY AND RACIAL EQUITY IN UNDERSERVED

COMMUNITIES THROUGH $10 MILLION INVESTMENT WITH INCLUSIV

NEW YORK, NY & PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 9, 2021 –

Inclusiv and Comcast Corporation today announced that Comcast has committed to invest $10 million specifically aimed at building equity in credit unions led by and/or serving people of color through Inclusiv’s Racial Equity and Resilience Investment Fund (“the Fund”). Launched in 2020, the Fund leverages investments to increase lending to minority owned businesses, homeowners, and consumers, providing access to capital and new financial opportunity to traditionally underserved and underbanked communities. As Inclusiv’s first corporate investment, Comcast’s commitment will enable local financial institutions to deploy at least $200 million in total capital in communities that need it the most and help ensure hardworking individuals have access to the capital needed to build and strengthen their financial lives.

This high-impact investment also paves the way for additional contributions from social impact investors, further growing the Fund’s impact and reach. The Racial Equity and Resilience Investment Fund builds upon the highly successful Inclusiv Resilience Grant Fund, which raised more than $1 million in grant funds for 59 minority-designated credit unions serving more than 200,000 members.

The unprecedented economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the long-standing racial wealth gap caused by generations of systemic racism in the United States. People and communities of color saw their income levels, ways to accumulate wealth, and entrepreneurial opportunities lag behind that of their white counterparts before and after the pandemic, disparities that became even more pronounced over the past year. Currently, the unemployment rate for Black workers is almost double that of white workers. Additionally, Black-owned small businesses have experienced the most significant decline among active small business owners nationwide, shutting their doors at more than twice the rate of white-owned businesses.

“Our partnership is driven by the simple – but powerful – idea that businesses can help change and

improve lives,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation. “This investment reflects our commitment to advancing pathways to economic mobility and racial equity. We applaud Inclusiv’s leadership in removing barriers to financial opportunity and helping drive powerful returns that reach across entire communities.”

Community Development Credit Unions (CDCUs) and Minority-Designated Institutions (MDIs), which are locally owned financial institutions, have stepped in to meet essential needs in their communities. They helped unbanked consumers open accounts to receive stimulus checks safely, delivered low and no-cost emergency loans to meet basic household needs, provided forbearance on existing loans, and made at least $4 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans to small and micro businesses during the pandemic.

“Large-scale investments grow community-based financial institutions to fulfill their mission – helping

people traditionally left out of the financial mainstream to access and use financial products to build credit,start and grow small businesses, and achieve the dream of homeownership,” said Cathie Mahon, President and CEO of Inclusiv. “Comcast’s investment enables these crucial front-line institutions to provide solutions to inequitable access to credit in communities of color. Inclusiv welcomes Comcast as a new investor, moving investment into action to build strong and diverse local economies.”

Community development and MDI credit unions can have significant impact on their communities if

supported with the capital necessary to thrive. Secondary capital allows CDCUs and MDIs to do more of what they do best – extend credit and provide safe and affordable financial services to underserved

individuals who may not otherwise have access to them. Inclusiv studies have shown that CDCUs that

received these investments leveraged capital up to 60 times over 5 years – resulting in more loan

deployment, more financial products and services offered, and more specialized lending.


About Inclusiv

At Inclusiv, we believe that true financial inclusion and empowerment is a fundamental right. We dedicate ourselves to closing the gaps and removing barriers to financial opportunities for people living in distressed and underserved communities. Inclusiv is a certified CDFI intermediary that transforms local progress into lasting national change. We provide capital, make connections, build capacity, develop innovative products and services and advocate for our member community development credit unions (CDCUs). Inclusiv members serve over 14 million residents of low-income urban, rural and reservation based communities across the US and hold over $184 billion in community-controlled assets.

Founded in 1974, Inclusiv is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Madison, WI and Atlanta, GA. For more information about Inclusiv visit us at Inclusiv.org and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, Peacock, NBC News, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia.

Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

 

Interested supporters with questions about the Inclusiv Racial Equity and Resilience Investment Fund

can contact Cathi Kim, Director of Inclusiv/Capital, at ckim@inclusiv.org.

Media Contacts:

Audrey Wang

Inclusiv   awang@inclusiv.org

Joelle Terry

Comcast Corporation   Joelle_terry@comcast.com

Comcast Minutes Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 – CONTINUED

(b)   Comcast Customer complaint – being multiply charged subscriber “Late Fees.”
Comcast official reply: “Not a problem.”   It is agreed among CTAC advisors
present that this is not an acceptable reply. The customer reported that this Late
Fee had been repeatedly imposed as an extra charge of their monthly bill, as the
payments of the initial Late Fee was being contested, and therefore the payments
were considered by Comcast to be two months behind. The subscriber’s name
is Kimrose.

Peaches makes a Motion to pursue Comcast explanation if they can justify an
additional Late Fee being imposed every month, adding up to hundreds of dollars
of extra charges. Laurel Coleman asks about the sequence of this subscriber’s
letters of complaint to CTAC.   Laurel, George, and Johnes agree that Comcast’s
                        response to this situation is inadequate.  Peaches Quinn says that she intends to
follow up with Sharon Codeanne at Comcast and will formally request a letter of
acknowledgement. Laurel Coleman seconds Peaches’ Motion. Vote – all in favor.

(c)   Peaches proposes Motion: Question to Sharon Codeanne; “How does Comcast
respond to this revolving circular motion.   Yvonne Manning-Jones seconds
this Motion. All in favor.

(d)   Comcast P/R – Employment – Peaches – “Are employment opportunities easy to come
by?”   Laurel discusses issues of people’s needs” “How can people access these
resources?”     Peaches: “Comcast is sending monies $ to resources: MBI, Credit
Unions, Equity Financials, Community Development, Science Park Development
Corp. etc.     Peaches makes Motion to follow-up with Comcast P/R for Hamden,
New Haven, West Haven? Johnes seconds the Motion. Vote – all Yes, but George
abstains.

Tom Costa asks: “Can we get Comcast to to include a copy of the the Press Release
in their billing customer letters?”   Peaches responds, “Comcast is not likely to do
that in their billing, and more likely to push-back against this request. She asks Tom
to follow-up about eligibility, and how Comcast’s money is being disseminated?

VI.   Old Business

(a)   CTAC Public Service Announcement update – Laurel Coleman – requested report
is deferred to October, when CTV has fully reopened.

(b) Community Awards
* Veterans outreach – update – Anthony Cardo – no info to update.
* Other ideas: e.g. Community rooms, public housing – no info to update.

(c) CTAC Facebook page : Update —Y. Manning – No update.

 

(d) Lettter to 3 Mayors urging city-wide internet – Issue deferred to next meeting.

 

 

(e) General Assembly – Bill 6442- Internet Equity – Update from Sen Gary Winfield
– Sen. Winfield was invited to this meeting but was unavailable.

 

 

VII. New Business

(a)   CTAC Officers nominations:   Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary.

1. Peaches makes Motion for procedural to multiple positions – canvas to these
four positions:

Chair – Peaches offers her incumbent position to others but no takers. Johnes
renominates her. Laurel seconds Motion. All – yes.

Vice Chain – Laurel Coleman volunteers.   All in favor.

Treasurer – George offers to continue to handle financial matters. All in favor.

Secretary – Anthony volunteers. Johnes volunteers to continue his responsibility.
Johnes proposes alternating services month-by-month.

George questions whether this is or is not an option in the By-Laws? Issue for
further discussion. Johnes and Anthony will discuss.

George makes Motion to approve slate of Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer.
Johnes seconds Motion. All are in favor.
           

(b) CTAC By Laws

  • Revision   – Issue not addressed.
  • Updating – Issue not addressed. Adjournment (a) George makes Motion for August meeting – Wednesday August 4th 5:30 to 7:30.
    Johnes seconds Motion. All in favor.

    (b) Peaches asks for Motion to Adjourn. Johnes makes Motion. Yvonne seconds.

    Meeting adjourned 7:25 PM

    Draft of July Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta. July 28, 2021.

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June 2, 2021 Minutes

FINAL   CTAC Meeting Minutes   June 2, 2021 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
 

Attending members:

Peaches Quinn (New Haven)   Acting Chairperson – ZOOM Host
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) Advisor
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) Advisor
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Anthony Cardo (Hamden) Advisor
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Joe Schofield      – CTV Representative – not in attendance.

Sharon Codeanne – Comcast Representative – not in attendance

  1. Call to order 6:13pm.  

    II.    May Minutes

_ Peaches requests the Comcast report to be attached to Minutes for May and subsequently
(if there was one) versus summarizing commentary.
_ Section #8 – Subscriber issues – Peaches will provide revisions.   Vote Carried.

III.     Treasurer’s Report

George Alexander reports “Balance remains the same.” (No expenditures)

Johnes reports that the Connex Credit Card that he was issued did not function when he
used it to pay for Grubhub dinners for CTAC members for this meeting, even though
he had recently verified its active status with the Connex Credit Union. Johnes paid for
all GrubHub orders via his own Credit Card, and was later reimbursed for the full amount
by the CTAC Treasurer. There has been no further resolution of this problem.

Treasurer’s report– Johnes makes Motion to accept. Yvonne seconded to accept. Vote -all yes,

IV.        CTV Report – Joe Schofield is absent from the meeting.

Peaches asked whether Joe mentioned the progress of the PSA for CTAC that we all attended       for video recording in early February 2020, before the pandemic was called. There was no         mention. The Council             expects that when the CTV opens in September 2021, that the recorded
PSA will get attention.

(Note from May Minutes: TV offices and studios have been closed since March 2020
due to Covid-19, but will reopen June 1st for staff only, not for producers.   Then September       1st for producers. All persons who enter must show proof of vaccination (CT Vaccination
Card. Masks and Social Distancing will be required for all. Otherwise, persons
will not be allowed entry.)

 

  1. COMCAST Report – None submitted to CTAC.

    a.  Subscribers’ issues:   CTAC has only one Comcast contact – Sharon.
    Peaches Quinn will distribute Sharon’s email contact so that we can all reach her.

    b.  Yvonne Manning-Jones notes that Comcast subscriber contracts are known to expire
    without notification or warning and subscribers’ bills will suddenly increase by
    a large amount to the next higher subscription tier.
    Peaces inquires if there was any alert to subscribers of immanent increases showing
    on the Comcast website? None known.

    c.             George added a post to the CTAC website (cableadisory.org): for “FAQ [Frequently
    Asked Questions] published by PURA, including info about the Comcast app to view
    the status of a subscriber’s data usage.

    VI       Old Business

    a. PSA. Laurel informs the council that, since the video PSA has not been completed,
    CTV will put an announcement indicating CTAC is recruiting for new members on the       community calendar. Peaches request Laurel submit the announcement to be posted            on the CTAC website and Facebook page.

    b. Community Awards –
    (1) Anthony Cardo reports on the progress of outreach from the Veterans Hospital
    and veterans groups.
    (2) Other ideas:
    Senior Centers
    Community rooms: usage for seniors – ? should the CTAC give grants for these
    programs ?

A community award be provided to the Q-House once it reopens.
Discussion to continue.

c.   CTAC Facebook page & website update:
George states that our site is presently reaching out to the public. No design changes          needed.

d.   Letters to Mayors (of towns of our jurisdiction) – Peaches has sent out request from
mayors on status of our request for city-wide WiFi. She reports that there have been
deferred actions now pending outcome of the CT General Assembly activity.

e.   General Assembly – Focus on Gov’s Bill 6442 – Internet Equity —PQ

Joint Favorable in Approps, 05/03; Tabled for House Calendar, 05/04

https://cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?
selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB6442&which_year=2021

Contact with Comment: Reps, Elliot, Horn and/or Candelaria (Appropriations);
Sen Gary Winfield, Energy and Tech Committee

  1. Annual Report:

    (1) George submitted all the monthly Minutes for the past fiscal year. Approved.
    The inclusive report goes to PURA.

    (2) Financial Report of Expenditures. Peaches stresses that all expenditures
    should be reported.

(3)   George and Peaches debate on how to submit the Annual Report to PURA –
whether submission on the preset Form.

(4)     Peaches Quinn stresses Community Outreach needs. George reminds that CTV
provides free meeting space for CTAC’s monthly meetings. Johnes agrees that
Community Outreach contributions by Comcast are essential to enabling CTAC’s
mission working with the cable subscriber public.

(5)   George Alexander makes a Motion that major contributions made as one-time gifts                        from CTAC in 2020 for financial assistance to Hamden and. New Haven
be put into the Annual Report..   Johnes seconds this Motion.
All – Yes; Laurel abstains.

(6)   Laurel suggested adding a financial footnote to the annual report financial section to

highlight the community awards which CTAC awarded the past year. However, the discission from members was not to include the footnotes.

(7)   Johnes makes a Motion to approve the submission of the Annual Report to PURA
as prepared by the Treasurer through email, contingent on the the addition of
George’s point reference to the body of .the Minutes. Yvonne makes the Motion to
Second. Vote – all in favor,

VII. New Business

  1. a. CTAC Officers Nominating Committee – Not taken up.

    CTAC By-Laws 1) Revision; 2) Review updating – Not taken up.

    c. May Statewide Meeting –   Not taken up.

7:10 pm,   Johnes makes Motion to Adjourn. Yvonne seconds Motion. All Agreed.

Next CTAC Meeting: Wednesday, July 7th, 2021, 6:00pm, via Zoom.

June 2nd, 2021 Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta, (New Haven) Acting Secretary.

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