CTAC Meeting Minutes July 7, 2021 – ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
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
- 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
One Comcast Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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.