JOINT CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2002


MINUTES OF October 30, 2002: The approval of the minutes of October 30, 2002 had been postponed due to the lack of a quorum at the November 20th meeting.  The committee did have one change to the minutes.  The start and end times of the meeting are off by one hour.  The meeting started at 7:35 p.m. and ended at 8:40 p.m.  

James Manahan moved to approve the minutes of October 30, 2002.  The motion was seconded by James Bowe and passed with one member abstaining. 


Members Present: James Bowe, Chairman, James Manahan, Member, and Scott Harp, Liaison, Representing Newtown Township and Rand Jaslow, Liaison and Ernie Bancroft, Member Representing Newtown Borough. Not in attendance is Walt Iwaskiw, Vice Chairman, Representing Newtown Township. 

Also present is Joseph Czajkowski representing Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

CALL TO ORDER: 

Chairman James Bowe called the meeting to order at 8:35 p.m.

MINUTES OF September 18, 2002: 

James Manahan moved to approve the minutes of September 18, 2002. The motion was seconded by Ernie Bancroft and passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS: 

OLD BUSINESS:

The committee reviewed the current cable ordinance.  Members discussed changing the current committee name from “Newtown Area CATV Advisory Committee” to “Newtown Area Telecommunications Advisory Committee”.  The committee also discussed increasing the size of the committee from five (5) to seven (7) members, four (4) residents of Newtown Township and three (3) residents of Newtown Borough.  Scott Harp advised he would approach the BOS.  Rand Jaslow advised he would approach the Borough Council.  Members suggested advertising on Channel 23 and the web sites for openings.  The committee will discuss further at the November meeting.

James Bowe updated the committee on the status of starting a volunteer video group.  The committee discussed setting guidelines.  Members agreed volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.  Teams should consist of three to four adults.  One person in the team must be at least 25 years of age.  Committee members will research further.  Joe Czajkowski suggested contacting Radnor Township.  Ernie Bancroft advised he had a contact at Radnor Township he could speak with.  James Bowe advised he would draft objectives and criteria.  He will email draft to members.  Committee will discuss further at the November meeting. 

COMCAST UPDATE: 

Joe Czajkowski updated the committee on the status of The Ridings community.  He advised that Comcast has been in touch with Attorney Robert A. Godwin.  The problem should be resolved in the spring of 2003.

The committee discussed the price increase for High-Speed Internet service.

Joe Czajkowski advised the committee that on November 12, 2002 the soft launch of Video on Demand would take effect in the Philadelphia area.  He explained how the system would work. 

Joe Czajkowski advised that the OTN should be finished by the end of the year.

Joe Czajkowski advised that the Comcast facility located in Bensalem is almost complete. 

Joe Czajkowski advised the committee that High Definition Customers would be receiving a new digital box.  Their bills should be reduced by $10.00 per month. 

The committee discussed Comcast’s digital boxes.  Members questioned whether digital boxes are really necessary and Mr. Czajkowski advised the committee boxes are necessary.  He further explained Comcast’s monthly service includes one digital box, customers may purchase or rent additional boxes.  Committee members requested Comcast to provide written confirmation on why the digital boxes are necessary.

SATELLITE DISHES: 

OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:

The committee discussed possible locations to hold the meetings starting next year.  Rand Jaslow suggested using the Newtown Borough Hall.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ernie Bancroft made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by James Manahan.  The motion carried unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2002.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., in the Martindell House.

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

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Christy Holley, Recording Secretary