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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 [email protected]

Media Contacts:

Audrey Wang

Inclusiv   [email protected]

Joelle Terry

Comcast Corporation   [email protected]

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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May 5, 2021 Minutes

FINAL— CTAC Meeting Minutes   May 5, 2021 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
 

Attending members:

Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) – Stand in Chair
(Peaches Quinn (New Haven)   Acting Chair – absent
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) Advisor
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Anthony Cardo (Hamden) Advisor
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Joe Schofield         – CTV Representative – in attendance.

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Representative – not in attendance but report submitted

  1. Call to order 6:03pm.  

    2.     April Minutes

    George’s requested edits – done.
    Laurel’s requested edits – done.

    Yvonne – Motion to accept April Minutes.   Laurel – seconds the Motion.
    Vote Carried.

    3.     Treasurer’s Report

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

Anthony makes Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Johnes seconds the Motion.
Vote: carried.

  1. CTV Report – Joe Schofield.

    a. CTV 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. )

  2. The Cable Television Advisory Council can resume meetings in the CTV office in
    September.

    c.   Laurel states her concern for unvaccinated individuals, but agrees with CTV   protocol.
    Joe notes that Laurel uses the CTV Editing Room, but indicates that there is a CTV
    editing program that can be downloaded onto her computer for use at home.

    d.   George asks Joe if CTV had gotten any Small Business Loans?
    Joe indicates that CTV is not eligible for C(3) Funding. But CTV is trying to get
    additional money from the State of Connecticut.

    5.   Comcast Report – S. Codeanne

    Sharon Codeanne submitted the Comcast Progress Report.   Please see attachment
    below..

    6.     Old Business

    a. CTAC Public Service Announcement- PSA call for new CTAC members: Laurel requested an update from CTV program scheduling to learn when this PSA would be run. Laurel reported CTV has not given a date the PSA will be run, but has stated they recognize our need to recruit council members.

 

  1. Community Awards – Anthony Cardo – No response from outreach as yet

 

  1. CTAC Facebook Page- ? Yvonne, status?

CTAC Website-   George say that he has updated our website (cableadvisory.org) info with news about Comcast programming for children, and further commented that Comcast really needs the same programming options for seniors.

  1. Letter to 3 Mayors urging city wide internet – still deferred….

Within your networks and social media: Urge all to send letters to the Mayors of our 3 towns   to implement Internet city wide wifi free of charge.

Comcast has not yet responded to CTAC’s call for city-wide WiFi.

 

  1. General Assembly-

1) Governor’s Bill 6442- Internet Equity

Continue to write/call legislators daily!

2) Support Bill in U.S. Congress proposing internet become a public utility

7. New Business

  1. Annual Report- Minutes review and financial report being added
  2. Appoint CTAC Nominating Committee – Discussion took place
  3. Subscriber Issues
  4. Subscriber Correspondence – None
  5. Complaints: Laurel states that there have been numerous complaints to Comcast about their   “unjustified” rate increases during the pandemic, + $10 in February 2020 and an additional $10 in January 2021.
  6. Other: Consumer Inquiry
    Laurel spoke with Peaches about a Comcast subscriber hoping to get assistance for her monthly bill. Peaches checked with Sharon . Unfortunately there is a wait period of 3 months an individual needs to be on unemployment before any funding help from Comcast kicks in.

 

7:07 pm,   Laurel makes Motion to Adjourn. Johnes seconds Motion. Agreed.

Next CTAC Meeting: Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 6:00pm, via Zoom.

May 5th,, 2021 Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta, (New Haven) Acting Secretary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMCAST ANNOUNCEMENT

Good afternoon!

We have seen time and again how access to technology opens a new world of possibilities, and that’s why we are thrilled to ask you to join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Internet Essentials, our comprehensive effort to close the digital divide. Since launching in 2011, the Internet Essentials program has connected more than 44,000 households in Connecticut to high-speed Internet. As we look back on our decade-long commitment to connecting the unconnected, we’re also looking ahead. We will continue to work to close the digital divide by sharpening our focus on programs that provide media and technology skills training that can lead to economic mobility.

In Connecticut, we have continued to drive Internet adoption through several initiatives, which include increasing the speed of our Internet Essentials service to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. This was the sixth time since the inception of Internet Essentials that we increased speeds for these customers while keeping the price of the program at $9.95/month. We are also continuing to offer 60 days of free Internet Essentials service to new customers through June 30, 2021 and our public WiFi hotspots remain open for free to everyone, even non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

In addition, we are proud partners of the Connecticut State Department of Education to provide Interest Essentials to even more low-income families, through our Internet Essentials Partnership Program.

Lastly, we’re excited to announce the launch of 25 WiFi-Connected “Lift Zones” across Connecticut, 13 of which are now open. Comcast “Lift Zones” enable us to forge partnerships with community centers to support safe spaces for homework, training, social activities, and more, driven by connectivity.

We’re immensely proud of everything Internet Essentials has accomplished – and we know from our work over the past 10 years that the digital divide can only be addressed through a comprehensive effort by nonprofit and community-based organizations, educational institutions, faith leaders, as well as the government and private sectors. We can’t thank you enough for being part of this journey with us and invite you to view our 2021 Internet Essentials Progress Report to learn more about how we have evolved to serve our communities over the years, as well as through the ongoing pandemic.

 

Thank you again for your support and the work you do in your communities every day.

 

Best regards,

Sharon

 

Sharon Codeanne

Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs

Comcast

222 New Park Drive

Berlin, CT  06037

860-505-3477

[email protected]

 

PRESS RELEASE

Comcast Corporation

One Comcast Center

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.comcastcorporation.com

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“The launch of Disney+ and ESPN+ on Comcast’s Xfinity platforms comes at an opportune time with the new Disney+ Original series from Marvel Studios ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ in full swing, the return of Coach Gordon Bombay in a new series ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,’ and “Secrets of the Whales” from National Geographic premiering on Earth Day. It will be a big April on ESPN+ too with UFC 261, the start of MLB and MLS seasons, The Masters, and more,” said Michael Paull, President, Disney+ and ESPN+.

Disney+ and ESPN+ join a growing collection of streaming services available over the Internet on X1 and Flex including Peacock, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, Vudu and Pandora, amongst many more.

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About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise that includes Disney Parks, Experiences and Products; Media & Entertainment Distribution; and three content groups—Studios, General Entertainment and Sports—focused on developing and producing content for DTC, theatrical and linear platforms. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $65.4 billion in its Fiscal Year 2020.

# # #

Media Contacts

Comcast

Debbie Frey

215.983.0563

[email protected]

Disney

Bridget Osterhaus

[email protected]

April Carretta

[email protected]

 

 

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April 7, 2021 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Minutes   April 7, 2021 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
(due to virus pandemic)

Attending members:

Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) – Advisor – Temporary Chairperson
Laurel Coleman (Hamden) Advisor
George Alexander (Hamden) Treasurer
Tom Costa (New Haven Library System)
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Represntative – not in attendance
Joe Schofield         – CTV Represntative – not in attendance.

  1. Call to order 6:05pm.   Teleconference members on Zoom.2.     March Minutes
    Changes requested – Laurel – none; Yvonne – none.

    3.     Old Business

    a.   CTAC Facebook page: Yvonne states there have been no changes.

    b. Laurel has sent an email to Andrew at CTV requesting CTV to post CTAC request for new members from underrepresented towns, especially West Haven, which currently
    has no representative on CTAC.

    Laurel asked if the Council was ready to move to the agenda item dealing with consumers. (The discussion proceeded.) She mentioned Ms. Fern Coleman contacted her (Laurel) to see if there was assistance available to reduce her Comcast bill since she (Fern) was unemployed. Fern indicated that a Comcast representative stated that she needed to contact the Unemployment office to obtain a coupon to present to Comcast. Fern contacted the Unemployment Office, and a representative stated they were not familiar with any coupon type program. (Fern is a Comcast customer, and her contract has expired.)

George indicated that the only program he was aware of was the Internet Essentials Program, that Sharon had shared with the Council in the past. Laurel said that, she wanted to have this matter followed up, and wanted to follow protocol which has been used in the past with such consumer inquires and complaints. The protocol has been to provide the Chair (Peaches) with the inquiry or complaint, and she inquires with the provider (Comcast). Laurel indicated she would contact Peaches to pass Fern Coleman’s inquiry onto to Comcast.

4.     Treasurer’s Report

  1. George reports “no change in status;” no expenditures.b. CTAC Annual Report to be filed; this will be done via online Form supplied with
    form questions.

    Johnes makes a Motion to accept George’s report, Tom Costa seconds this Motion. Carried.

  2. 5. New Business

    Laurel states that there have been numerous complaints to Comcast about their
    “unjustified” rate increases during the pandemic, + $10 in February 2020 and and
    additional $10 in January 2021.b. George mentions the New Haven Independent report: “Comcast boondagle in attempts
    to set up a city-wide WiFi internet that estimates will cost $1 Million !”

 

7:02 pm, Johnes makes Motion to Adjourn. Yvonne seconds. Agreed.

Next CTAC Meeting: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 6:00pm, via Zoom.

April 7th  Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta, (New Haven) Acting Secretary.

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March 3, 2021 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Minutes   March 3, 2021 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
  (due to virus pandemic)

Attending members:

Peaches Quinn – (New Haven) – Acting Chair
George Alexander – (Hamden) – Treasurer
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) – Advisor
Laurel Colemen (Hamden) Advisor
Tom Costa (New Haven Library System)
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Represntative
Joe Schofield         – CTV Represntative – not in attendence.

  1. Call to order 6:04pm.   Teleconference members on Zoom.

    2.     New member greeting: Tom Costa representing New Haven Public Library System,
    Adult Services Center. background in Military Communications; IT Educational instructor;
    Radio station experience. Government Document Librarian. Resides on Temple Street.
    Council members introduce selves to new member.

    3.     COMCAST Sharon Codeanne – Comcast Representative – is in attendance.
    a
    . To help connect low-income families to the Internet, Comcast has committed to launching
    more than 1,000 WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide. Comcast
    will provide free WiFi in these facilities to help students get online, participate in distance
    learning, and do their schoolwork

    b. LEAP is now an active Lift Zone and we are also working with the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, Youth Continuum, New Haven Housing Services and the Urban League of
    Southern CT.

    c. Last month, Comcast increased the speed of our Internet Essentials service for the sixth
    time in 10 years – to 50/5 (without changing the price).

    d.   Programming Updates:
    a. Effective March 9, 2021, NBA in SD format will no longer be available as part of the NBA League Pass HD Pay-Per-View. NBA in HD format will continue to be available
    on Channel 1218 as part of NBA League Pass HD Pay-Per-View.

    b. Effective April 13, 2021, Cartoon Network will move to the Digital Preferred package.

    e. The $2,000 annual support check was mailed to George Alexander; confirmed receipt
    on 12/21/20.

    f. George asks Sharon about Gov. Lamont’s announcement that all areas and households
    in CT have cable service extended to their locations. Sharon explains that there are some
    rural areas in CT not yet served in their service area.

    g. Peaches asks Sharon about the anticipated arrival of 5G WiFi in our district area?
    Sharon replies that there is not yet a time frame for this system ugrade.

    h. George asks Sharon question about turnaround time on DVR replacement.

    i. Johnes asks Sharon where to find Comcast Financial Reports. She directs information
    to the Comcast website page on Investor Relations. Johnes asks about the justification
    for the second rate increase since 2020, $10 January 2020, $10 more in February 2021.
    Sharon argues about other cable competitors in CT, Johnes asks if competition is an issue
    why not lower rates? Sharon argues Comcast’s increasing operational costs.

    j. Peaches asks Sharon for info on criteria in identifying “older adults” eligibility for
    Internet Essentials.

    k. Tom asks Sharon for clarification on zones for Lift Zones initiative. Sharon emphasizes
    implementation for zones for virtual school sessions.

    (After her presentation, Sharon Codeanne signs off from the meeting.)

    4.     February CTAC Minutes.
    Peaches requests distribution of February Minutes, previously sent as Draft to Peaches.
    Johnes emails Final Minutes for February and December Minutes to all members.

    5.     CTV Report     Joe Schofield – Executive Director CTV – not in attendence.
    No report; no one has heard from Joe Schofiled. Laurel needs an update regarding the
    PSA that was video taped before the pandemic shutdown, No update received from CTV.

    6.     Treasurer’s Report  – George Alexander
    George states current CTAC account balance is $5,547.32, including $2,000 check just
    received from Comcast.   Received a bill for Post Office Box charge, just paid, is $332.
    Peaches makes Motion to accept the Treasury Report. Johnes seconds the Motion, Carried.

    7. . Old Business

    a.   CTAC Facebook page: Yvonne states there have been no changes. She has been perusing
    other Advisory councils; she saw one ADA offering plug-in for computer screen access
    for individuals with disabilities. Peaches notes that community constituents would need
    Spanish or other languages for screen texts.

    b. Laurel’s report on PSA: “has not heard anything” from CTV where PSA was recorded in             February 2020. There is no update on work on PSA, as schools are not in regular session.

  2. George talks about a major redesign of the CTAC website cableadvisory.org
    George specifies that the design is all done, and has added links for the legislating for
    internet for all, but needs more input about what we at CTAC are doing.

    8. New Business

           a. Peaches brings up CTAC continuing legislative activity on internet for all and
    net neutrality.   Concerns regarding complaints on new data usage caps being proposed
    by Comcast. These additional surcharges have been delayed for one year by CT AG Tong.
    Legislative Aide Jason Knight communicated with Peaches regarding H.B.6157
    Gov. Lamont has proposed a corresponding Bill 4, but Peaches notes that the language
    of this Bill is “more weighted on the side of Internet Security.”   Peaches indicates that
    the CTAC sub-committee of herself, George, Yvonne, and Johnes will address the issues in
    H.B. 5157 in order to get them included in Bill 4.   Laurel Coleman expresses her concern
    for rate increases. Peaches notes that emails to the legislature have little effect, and instead
    recommends multiple telephone calls to State Senators and Representative to join efforts
    to implement rate controls in CT.   Peaces also notes that in the northwest corner of CT, the
    preponderance of internet traffic of Wall Street connections is gobbling up resources
    on cable towers.

    b.  Peaches recounts her participation in the Statewide Cable Advisory Council meeting in
    February, where the main issue addressed was a plan to save the northwest corner of the
    state, which would be “Fiber to Home.” Peaches states that the time spent at this Statewide        meeting going through the Agenda was 22 minutes! When her question was waiting on
    “raise-hand” on that Zoom meeting, regarding Legislative issues, was ignored by the Chair          Person. Peaches says that the other Connecticut Cable Advisory Councils, such as Waterbury,
    Hartford, Bridgeport, should be represented but were not. This Statewide Chairperson
    recommended all the advisory councils raise money for lobbyists for causes that they
    wish to promote.

7:32 pm, Johnes makes Motion to Adjourn. Yvonne seconds. Agreed.

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

March 3rd Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta, (New Haven) Acting Secretary.

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February 3, 2021 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Minutes   February 3, 2021 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
  (due to virus pandemic)

Attending members:

Peaches Quinn – (New Haven) – Acting Chair
George Alexander – (Hamden) – Treasurer
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) – Advisor
Laurel Colemen (Hamden) Advisor
Anthony Cardo   (Hamden) Advisor
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Represntative – not in attendence.
Joe Schofield         – CTV Represntative – not in attendence.

  1. Call to order 6:02pm.   Teleconference members on Zoom.2.   Meeting Minutes December 2, 2020, (most previous CTAC meeting.) Peaches requests that
    all members read December Minutes, and submit requested changed by Friday , February 12th.

    3.     Treasurer’s Report – George Alexander

    George will submit Treasurer’s Report updates as soon as possible.

    4.     CTV Report     Joe Schofield – Executive Director CTV – not in attendence.
    No report; no one has heard from Joe Schofiled.

    5.     COMCAST       Sharon Codeanne – Comcast Representative – not in attendance.
    CTAC members stipulate that Comcast needs regular representation and attendance
    at CTAC meetings.

    Johnes states that the situation with Comcast rates and announced data caps

    6. . Old Business

    a. Laurel’s report on PSA: “has not heard anything” so no update on work on PSA,
    as schools are not in regular session.

    b. Anthony’s report on Community Awards: he has sent out many email inquiries only one
    response – from House of Heroes – which turned down the request: “not in our mission profile.” Peaches notes that there are presently no groups are assembling or responding
    on these on this program.

    c. CTAC Facebook page: Yvonne states there have been no changes. She has been perusing
    other Advisory councils; she saw one ADA offering plug-in for computer screen access
    for individuals with disabilities. Peaches notes that community constituents would need
    Spanish or other languages for screen texts.

    7. New Business.

    Peaches brings up subject of where on the internet to find the registry of Proposed Bills
    in the Connecticut Legislature, directs each Zoom meeting participant to open the internet
    to the CGA for the CT General Assembly:   CGA.ct.gov – then find the icon for the
    Energy & Technology Committee – where CT Senator Gary Winfield is the Chairperson.
    Next find the icon on this screen for BILL RECORD BOOK. Here, the prefic PSB
    represents “Proposed Senate Bill,” and PHB represents “Proposed House Bill.”

    On this list we find PHB-6156 : A Proposed House Bill “To Prevent a Cumulative
    Internet Usage Data Cap.” The purpose of this proposed law would be to disallow
    internet cable franchises from charging extra rates when a limited amount of internet                                                                                                                                                                  connectivity.

    At 7:03 pm, CT Senator Gary Winfield (D-New Haven) joins the Zoom call as invited earlier.
    He gives an update of the progress of legislation to regulate cable company imposition of data
    usage caps: PHB-6156, in initial drafts, is one of the Bills before the Communications
    Committee.

    Peaches Quinn, speaking for the CTAC Council asks what we can do to effect more influence
    in the CT Legislature ? Sen. Winfield gives an email address to lobby: [email protected]
    to be sent to individual legislators with a focus on leadership members:

    Writings for Public Testimony, from citizens, and in-person visits to the State Capitol
    (present in-person limit is 3 minutes) and in written form.
    1. contact committee members
    2. provide specifics on how to interface with public
    3. articulate issues
    4. ask for action in State Legislature
    5. put together a coalition.

George will contact Cable Statewide Advisory members   and put pressure on members
and continue outreach to other Cable Advisory councils in Connecticut.

Cable companies to be stated in legislative action:
Optimum,   Frontier, Spectrum, Cablevision,   Comcast (Hartford, Middletown, Danbury,
New Haven, Groton.

Peaches Quinn reiterates our call to have the internet be declared a Public Utility, so that
P.U.R.A. can assume responsibility as the Internet Regulator.

Peaches requests an additional Zoom meeting this Friday, February 5 to continue work on
tis issue. Peaches makes a Motion to engage an advocacy on behalf of internet and prohibition     against cable companies imposition of additional charges of internet usage, especially during
Covid-19 Pandemic.   Johnes seconds this Motion. Carried my CTAC membership vote.
Peaches makes a second Motion to meet outside of regular Council schedule. Johnes seconds
this Motion. Carried by Council agreement.
George Alexander makes Motion to reach out to Statewide Advisory to ask if they want to
partner with our efforts ?   Anthony Cardo seconds this Motion. Agreed.

7:32 pm, Johnes makes Motion to Adjourn. Yvonne seconds. Agreed.

ADDENDUM     Secondary CTAC Meeting on Friday February 5th.

Peaches Quinn’s contact at PURA is Rosalind Gunn.   Peaches is seeking documentation
for Comcast’s Business Model – She has not found this documentation.

Statement of Goals – What to accomplish for any advocacy for legislation:
*   gather community strength
*   outreach
*   Legislative Bills

– PSB-4 AAC on Data Privacy

Themes

* Data Usage Fee – CTAC – CT Attorney Generat Tong has made executive action
to cable franchises to hold-off Internet Data-Caps imposition for one year.
*   Regulation of video rates

*   Net Neutrality on state and national level – all CTAC members are agreed on need for this
policy.

* Internet as a Public Utility – all CTAC members are agreed on need for this policy.
PHB-6157: introduced by Rep. Matt Blumenthal – contact his aide and determine who
are his legislative allies. We will document case – why this is a good thing?
Rep. Matt Blumenthal 860-240-8585 (son of US Senator) – determine status of this Bill:
how many other reps are associated? What is their priority of this Bill.
Are they looking for advocates ? Take “temperature” of Bill among other legislators,
in public support.

Joint CT Senate/CT House Communications Committee. Co-Sponsor – Rep. Michael
A. Winkler (56th District).   Will Senator Winfield become a Co-Sponsor ?

Next CTAC Meeting: Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:00pm, Zoom.

February 3rd and February 5th Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta, (New Haven)
Acting Chair.

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Mar
2021

December 2, 2020 Minutes

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

Attending members:

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

Sharon Codeane – Comcast Represntative – not in attendence.
Joe Schofield      – CTV Represntative – not in attendence.

  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.

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