The Greater Waterbury Cable Council represents COMCAST subscribers in the local area consisting of the city of Waterbury, the towns of Middlebury, Plymouth, Prospect and Wolcott, and the area school systems.
Representatives to the council are appointed by the mayors, First Selectmen, and school superintendents.
There are positions currently available in all the towns. The council meets every two months, on the second Wednesday of the month, usually at 5:15 pm at the Silas Bronson Library in downtown Waterbury.
Experience is not necessary, but candidates should be familiar with cable broadcast programming concepts.
If you are interested in being appointed you should send a letter to your mayor, First Selectmen, or school superintendent, as appropriate. For any questions, please contact Cable Council Chairman Nancy Vaughan during the day at 203-573-6633.
John Alfredson receives Service Award
John Alfredson, a Video Production teacher at Crosby High School, received the first annual Greater Waterbury Cable Council Channel 16
Community Service Award during a Waterbury Board of Education workshop in June of 2016.
In presenting the award, Greater Waterbury Cable Council Chairman Nancy Vaughan explained, “Last year the Council began a discussion of its role as an advisory council and decided it would like to take a more proactive position in encouraging use of the public, government and education channels available to Comcast subscribers. SKYE Cable already has a wonderful awards program for community access producers, but we wanted to focus our first efforts on the unsung heroes in our classrooms, the teachers who work with Video Production students or who advise after-school Video Clubs in one of the school districts utilizing the Channel 16 education access component of ‘PEG’ in the Greater Waterbury area.”
She continued, ”When we first spoke about honoring an educator with a Channel 16 Community Service Award, we agreed that the teacher to be so honored should have demonstrated a long-term commitment to producing quality video for the education access channel. In considering those teachers who work with video production students, one individual immediately stood out: John Alfredson of Crosby High School.”
Mr. Alfredson has been teaching Video Production classes at Crosby High School for more than a dozen years. He helped develop the program at Crosby to appeal both to students who are interested in possible technical careers in video as well as to students who are interested in learning more about expressing themselves using a visual media. He worked with former Crosby principal Barbara Carrington to create a weekly 30 minute talk show format program called ‘Crosby Corner,’ which, each week, highlighted a different aspect of the school. The program often included footage shot in and around the school of students or staff participating in activities or learning opportunities. In all, Mr. Alfredson and his students produced over 200 Crosby Corners. Mr. Alfredson has since helped design and implement a new Video Production studio at the school and continues to inspire countless students in the field.
The GWCC serves as an advisory council to both Comcast, the local cable franchise provider, and SKYE Cable XIII, the local community access provider. Comcast provides the cable system, and SKYE oversees the community access piece of it. The GWCC represents the consumer, providing a voice for the consumer and acting as an advocate for the consumer in any issues related to Comcast or SKYE. Each local Board of Education assists in the broadcast of student-produced and education-related video content over a community-dependent Channel 16. In future years, the award will continue to be presented on an annual basis to a teacher that helps assist that process within one of the GWCC communities (Waterbury, Wolcott, Middlebury/Region 15, Plymouth/Terryville, and Beacon Falls/Prospect).
Purpose of the Council
The Greater Waterbury Cable Council (GWCC) is a non-profit cable television advisory corporation
representing the interests of residents and public access station SKYE Cable XIII, Inc. in the
geographical area comprising Middlebury, Plymouth/Terryville, Prospect, Waterbury and Wolcott
Connecticut. GWCC represents the residents and public access station in dealing with the COMCAST cable
television company licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control and promotes the
use of the public access station by persons, corporations and organizations interested in cablecast
GWCC encourages and implements public and community access to the Franchise Area; acts as
negotiator and contractual agent for SKYE Cable XIII with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority ("PURA"), administers general public access policy for COMCAST in the Franchise Area;
gives advice to COMCAST upon such matters affecting the public as it deems necessary; and annually on
or before August 1, files a written report with the DPUC concerning activities for the preceding
fiscal year (the twelve month period ending June 30).
See Bylaws for the complete legal definition.