July 7, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven – July 7, 2010

Johnes Ruta, NH

Peaches Quinn, NH

Joyce Listro, NH BOE

George Alexander, H treasurer

Tad Weinstein, WH chair

Jen Sacco, H secretary

Carl Lambert, Sr., H

Sharon Codeanne, Comcast

Meeting called to order 6:00 p.m. by Tad Weinstein.    CTV representative not present.

June minutes approved online.

Comcast report from Sharon; Jen asked about rollout of new dvr interface.  Sharon believes it is delayed due to technological issues.  Johnes asked about Classic Arts Showcase; Comcast appears uninterested in providing access to the feed.  Peaches asked if another price increase was coming; prices were just raised in April or May.   Johnes raised the issue of net neutrality and advocated on behalf of it.  Sharon replied that the internet is not regulated, so it would appear not to apply, but the issue is before the FCC again. 

Jen brought letters to leave for the CTV board of directors about Joe Schofield’s email to us, stating he would no longer attend our meetings.  Peaches agreed to attend the CTV meeting the following evening.

George distributed FOIA complaints from Lary Czajkowski, and also an email detailing his conversation with the Hamden town attorney saying FOIA complaint is dismissed as baseless, and copies of both letter (pdf file) and email (copied below) are included in these minutes.

We haven’t heard a response from the DPUC about ASIM issue yet, or about the petition we signed last month.

We are still waiting for our annual check from Comcast.

George made us aware that he again exchanged emails with Czajkowski about who CTV and CTAC are, etc.  We agreed we would not respond to Czajkowski because of the advice of the Hamden town attorney.

Meeting adjourned 6:38 p.m.

The following is an email from George Alexander to CTAC, June 25th 2010:

“The FOIA mail was received in a large envelope from Americans Speak their Minds that contained copies of the complaint in seven open, individually addressed envelopes to most of our members and Sharon. It also had a copy of a petition to the DPUC regarding CTV reinstating the America Speaks It’s Mind show.

I gave a copy of the complaint to the Hamden Town Attorney. Their office left me a phone message this morning. They talked to the FOI Commission and were told that “the complaint was administratively withdrawn by the commission because Citizens Television is not a public agency as defined by the Connecticut general statues. So, there is NO FOI complaint pending.


click to read FOIA Complaint