NEWTOWN AREA TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF JULY 2, 2008
Members Present: Harry Stevens, Chairman; James Manahan, Member; and Robert Hafner, Member Representing Newtown Township; John Leonard, Member Representing Newtown Borough. Not present were Barbara Jankowski, Member and Jerry Schenkman, Liaison Representing Newtown Township; Patrick Foster, Vice-Chairman/Treasurer and Gerard O’Malley Representing Newtown Borough.
Also present were Stephanie Beavers and John Strasser representing Verizon and Borough resident Michael Molloy.
No representative from Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. attended the meeting.
CALL TO ORDER:
Chairman Harry Stevens called the meeting to order at 7:35 P.M.
MINUTES OF JUNE 4, 2008:
James Manahan made a motion to approve the minutes of June 4, 2008. The motion was seconded by Robert Hafner and passed unanimously (4-0).
Stephanie Beavers updated the Committee with regards to the digital conversion and the software upgrade that recently took place in this area.
The members discussed the complementary DCT 700 that Verizon is providing to existing customers.
The members discussed the prior test conducted by Harry Stevens.
The members discussed the possibility of Verizon looking into developing a screen reader.
Robert Hafner commented with regards to volume control on commercials and FCC regulations. Stephanie Beavers advised that Verizon does not control the volume of programming received; however there is some control of volume with regards to the PEG channels. Harry Stevens advised on what information he had with regards to volume control and FCC regulations.
Harry Stevens questioned if Stephanie Beavers or John Strasser’s email addresses have changed, he advised that he received a message noting their addresses being invalided. Stephanie Beavers advised that their email addresses have not changed.
The members thanked Stephanie Beavers and John Strasser for their time.
The members thanked Michael Molloy for his input on the SAP/DVS discussions.
The members discussed Verizon services with regards to regulated and non-regulated.
The members discussed the possibility of Verizon selling their copper lines to another provider in the future.
James Manahan suggested that Harry Stevens send Stephanie Beavers an email in a few weeks to check on the progress of the DVS issue.
The Committee members discussed the memorandum received from Brian Jeter dated June 13, 2008 with regards to channel repositioning.
Harry Stevens commented with regards to PCN being relocated and possible issues with the Franchise Agreement.
OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:
The members discussed Comcast and Verizon with regards to corporate values.
Harry Stevens advised the members on his June presentation to the Supervisors.
The Committee members discussed the September meeting date. Harry Stevens advised that he would contact the members with regards to their attendance at the September meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 9:18 P.M.
The next meeting is scheduled for September 3, 2008. The meeting will begin at 7:30 P.M., in the Newtown Fire Station located at Newtown Municipal Complex.
Christy Holley, Recording Secretary