CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
PRESENT: Bob Balwinski, Scott Cochran, Bob Granstra, Roy Green
ABSENT: Linda Malekadeli
Also Present: Ron Beacom – MCTV Director, Melissa Barnard – Library Director, Sheri Tausk-Office Assistant
I. Call to Order: Beacom called meeting to order at 7p.m.
II. Minutes: September 12, 2012 approved as submitted.
III. Public Comments:
No public comment
IV. Old Business:
a. CAAC Goals, 2012-13
Quarterly receive report on status of Cable Communications Fund
Quarterly receive report on activities of Friends of MCTV
Quarterly receive report on status of video franchising laws and legislation
Inform access users and public about challenges and opportunities facing MCTV
Inform public about benefits of MCTV
Participate in MCTV’s Honors Night 2012
b. CAAC Annual Report, 2011-12
Approved and submitted by the board
c. Cable Communications Fund
Workshops- we will get a bump in the next few months when we sign kids up for 3 video camps.
Access User Fees- we will get a bump in the next couple months because that fee was implemented in March of 2007. Fifty nine notices were just mailed out at beginning of week. April is also a big month for access fee collection.
d. Friends of MCTV
Beacom reported the fund balance is just under $31,000. They are going to donate money for purchasing field equipment for MCTV. MCTV will be asking for $25,000. Friends next board meeting is March 12, 2013.
V. New Business –
a. AT & T’s U-Verse
Beacom stated that MCTV is starting the process to send our signal to AT&T to be on their U-Verse product. We are already collecting 26% of our franchise fees from AT&T. There are approximately 3,000 AT&T subscribers (connections) in City of Midland. We have been receiving more inquiries from public as to why we are not on AT&T. One extra benefit for MCTV is that we will be on the Flint-Saginaw service area for AT&T, which means some viewers in Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint will be able to receive MCTV.
We are in the process of requesting bids. Conservatively speaking, we should be active within 4-6 weeks after receiving encoders. A status report will be given at the Cable Access meeting of May 8, 2013. If we are up and running prior to that, emails will be sent to board members.
b. CAAC Terms of Service
Robert Balwinski announced he will not seek another term on the commission after his term ends in June.
Friends of MCTV Board Mtg, Tuesday, March 12, 5:30pm
ACM Michigan/NATOA Workshop/Meeting, Wednesday, March 13, 8:30am-5:30pm, Lansing
Friends of the Library Book Sale February 22, 23, & 24.
VII. Adjournment at 7:25pm
Next meeting is May 8, 2013 at 7pm, Council Chambers