News about Reno's new
cable consumer advisory panel

PLEASE NOTE: This unofficial web page represents the views of neither
the City of Reno nor its Citizens Cable Compliance Committee.

First meeting scheduled for Dec. 11, 2002

Agenda for Dec. 11 meeting

Minutes of Dec. 11 meeting

BACKGROUND — On October 22, 2002, the Reno City Council passed an ordinance creating a Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. The council also responded favorably to one ratepayer's recommendation that the panel membership be expanded to seven from the five originally suggested by city staff.

On Nov. 19, the council appointed seven citizens to the body and named Vice-Mayor David Aiazzi as council liaison. Peter Padilla and Andrew Barbano were named to three-year terms. Mr. Padilla is general manager of KREN TV-27 (WB) and Spanish language KUVR TV-68 (Azteca Network). Mr. Barbano is a writer, media consultant and publisher of this website.

Named to two-year terms were Barbara Stone, Kathleen Marshall, Noel Thornsberry, Karol Gorman and Jackie Inman. Ms. Stone is a northwest Reno activist and a retired office and travel manager. Ms. Marshall is an attorney with substantial experience in telecommunications and utility regulation. Mr. Thornsberry is a retired executive with substantial telecommunications experience. Ms. Gorman is branch manager of a mortgage company. Ms. Inman is semi-retired and worked 20 years for TCI/ATT Broadband/ Charter Communications in various technical and administrative capacities.

Some of the 27 applicants were ineligible because they reside outside the Reno city limits. Washoe County residents who wish to serve on the county's panel should contact John Balentine at (775) 328-2280. Washoe's board has five members, each selected by a member of the county commission. Washoe County's franchise with Charter Communications expires March 31, 2003. Reno's expires later next year, Sparks is a few years away. It thus seems timely for the Sparks City Council to establish its own consumer panel to coordinate with the other bodies.

Those who were not appointed and other citizens who have expressed interest, regardless of residence, will be asked to assist the new Reno committee in its work.

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Thank you.

Reno Gazette-Journal Editorial 9-14-2002

Cable committee is a good idea

Fifteen years is a long time. That's why the Reno City Council's vote last week to create a citizens advisory committee as the city considers the future of a cable franchise is a smart move. The franchise agreement Charter Communications holds to be the sole cable provider here is up for renewal, but before agreeing to another 15 years of service, the city wants to hear from you.

Complaints about the cable company are not uncommon — from high prices to spotty service — and though some may be baseless, others surely have merit. It is the job of the citizens committee to help sort the facts from the fiction. It is their job to make sure the advisory group doesn't turn into a tool used by frustrated customers to exact revenge against the cable company.

The city clerk is accepting applications for the committee. To apply, call 334-2030.

                                      Copyright © 2002 The Reno Gazette-Journal

Meeting Minutes of 12-11-2002

Cable Committee Scope of Authority

Reno City Council resolution
creating the Citizens Cable Committee

Letters from cable ratepayers/FAQs




Large Cable Operator to Restate Its Results for 2000 and 2001
"Charter Communications is struggling to hang on to its subscribers as
it awaits the results of investigations into how it accounts for them."

New York Times 11-20-2002

Residents criticize, praise cable television company
Reno Gazette-Journal 10-22-2002

Two key meetings set for Reno City Hall
Daily Sparks Tribune 10-20-2002

Reno City Council OKs cable company advisory panel
Reno Gazette-Journal 9-11-2002

Why franchise renewal time is so very critical for consumers
Daily Sparks Tribune 9-8-2002

Reno council mulls probe of cable firm’s performance
Reno Gazette-Journal 9-4-2002

Charter Communications under investigation for accounting practices
Associated Press 8-16-2002

City of Reno Press Releases

Appointments Made to City Cable Compliance Committee
November 19, 2002
This story and the October 22 release include a brief description
of the duties of the Citizens Cable Compliance Committee.

Citizens Cable TV Committee Approved
October 22, 2002

City To Form Cable TV Franchise Oversight Committee
September 10, 2002
This story includes a brief description of the limited power
the city is allowed under federal law.





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