JOINT CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2003
MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 19, 2003: Walt Iwaskiw advised he had several changes to the minutes. On page 1, under New Business, he felt the first sentence should read as - The committee members discussed an article with regards to a local township where the other Township Supervisors voted to regulate cable rates, the article was not referring to the Newtown Township. Also on page 1, under Old Business, with regards to RCN, the members agreed to recommend that the BOS follow though with the suit, not will the suit. On page 2, under Comcast Updates, under items3 and 4 the correct term is megabits, not megabytes. James Manahan moved to approve the minutes of November 19, 2003. The motion was seconded by Patrick Foster and passed unanimously.
Members Present: James Bowe, Chairman; Walt Iwaskiw, Vice Chairman; and James Manahan, Member Representing Newtown Township; Rand Jaslow, Liaison, and Patrick Foster, Member Representing Newtown Borough. Not in attendance was Scott Harp, Liaison Representing Newtown Township.
Also present was Joseph Czajkowski representing Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.
CALL TO ORDER:
Chairman James Bowe called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2003:
Walt Iwaskiw moved to approve the minutes of September 17, 2003. The motion was seconded by Patrick Foster and passed unanimously.
The committee members discussed an article with regards to a local township where the Township Supervisors voted to regulate cable rates. The members discussed having Fred Polner review the article to help ensure that the Township/Borough is doing what they can to regulate cable rates in the community. James Manahan made a motion to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that they have Fred Polner review the article. The motion was seconded by Patrick Foster and passed unanimously. James Bowe advised he would make the recommendation to the BOS.
The committee members discussed the RCN suit. The members agreed to recommend that the BOS follow through will the suit. James Bowe advised he would contact the Supervisors with regards to the matter.
The committee members discussed the proposed new cable ordinance. Rand Jaslow advised that the Borough is in agreement with the proposed new cable ordinance. He also requested a current copy of the proposed new cable ordinance to provide the Borough Council.
The committee members discussed the Community Alert Network (CAN). Walt Iwaskiw advised that Don Harris is interested in the Local Alert System. He also updated the committee members on an Emergency Communications seminar held at the Bucks County Community College.
Joseph Czajkowski advised the committee members that the Newtown Commons construction is well past the ½ mark and should be complete before the end of the year.
The committee members discussed The Village of Newtown Shops. James Bowe advised the final construction of the shopping complex is now underway. Joseph Czajkowski advised the entire shopping complex is already wired.
Walt Iwaskiw asked if Comcast was running fiber to the township building. Joseph Czajkowski advised that Comcast is running fiber to the township building, but he was unsure of the status because he is not directly involved with the project. Walt Iwaskiw asked if he could look into the matter and keep the committee advised.
Joseph Czajkowski advised the committee members on the following changes to the channel line-up:
- Starz high definition channel will be available December 1, 2003.
- Starz on-demand is now available on the digital tier.
- The Internet service will be upgraded to 3 megabytes downloads speed available December 2003.
- The Professional Internet service will be upgraded to 5 megabytes downloads speed available December 2003.
- New home networking service is now available for residential customers.
OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:
The committee discussed the following:
- Members discussed an article Walt Iwaskiw emailed members with regards to PECO.
- Walt Iwaskiw updated members with regards to PECO and cable. He advised there was no information available on the PECO web site.
James Bowe made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by James Manahan. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 2003. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Martindale House at the Newtown Municipal Complex.
Christy Holley, Recording Secretary