CCTA Wavelengths News & Notes (Summer 2014)
More Details on the 2015 Annual Meeting
Since the CCTA announced that the 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, interest in the meeting and venue has skyrocketed. The board of directors recently approved the schedule for the three-day meeting, which will be held in two locations - Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Montego Bay Convention Centre.
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Here is a brief synopsis of the schedule:
- Monday, February 2
- Board of Directors' Meeting
- Tuesday, February 3
- Golf Tournament
- Tennis Tournament
- Exhibit Hall Set-up
- Welcome Cocktail Party
- Wednesday, February 4
- Programming and Technical Highlights Sessions
- Marketing/Management Topic 1
- Technical Topic 1
- Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
- Exhibit Hall
- Banquet on the Beach
- Thursday, February 5
- Associate Members' Meeting
- Annual Membership Meeting including Reports from Cable Operators
- Marketing/Management Topic 2
- Technical Topic 2
- Luncheon in Exhibit Hall
- Exhibit Hall, Farewell Cocktail Party and Auction
- Friday, February 6
- Exhibit Hall Breakdown
As more information becomes available, we will be sharing it in upcoming e-mail announcements!
The Jamaica Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa
2014 Technical Training Session Announced
July 15th through 17th
The CCTA has just released the registration materials for its annual Technical Training, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on three days - Tuesday, July 15; Wednesday, July 16; and Thursday, July 17. This very popular training usually attracts more than 100 installers, technicians, engineers, supervisory staff and managers from the association's Active Members (cable operators) in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
The Technical Training is available at no cost to employees of the association's Active Members. The CCTA will provide the training and daytime meals (breakfast, morning break, lunch and afternoon break) for each participant, but transportation, dinner and hotel expenses are the responsibility of each attendee. For other individuals wishing to attend the training, there will be a reasonable daily fee to cover meal and administrative expenses. For representatives of Associate Members, the daily fee is $100. For representatives of non-member companies, the daily fee is $140.
Associate Director John T. Kurpinski, Sr., is busy finalizing details of the schedule, which will include three full days of training modules presented by experts in cable industry technology and engineering. Some of the topics to be covered are WiFi 101 and Implementing WiFi over HFC Networks; Home Installation Process and Certification; Troubleshooting Techniques; Cable Staff Training; CLI/LTE Interference; TDR Event Analysis; Code Error Rate; and From HFC to FTTH - How to migrate from the current HFC networks to a FTTH architecture. A full schedule will be released shortly.
The 2014 training will take place at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino located at 200 Convention Boulevard in San Juan. The hotel has provided a rate of $135 per night, single or double occupancy, plus 11% tax and a $15 hotel fee. There is also a $1.00 per room, per day, maid gratuity and $5.00 per person, one-time bellman gratuity. This special rate will be available from July 12 through July 20, based on availability. Reservations can be made here. You may also call the hotel's Central Reservations office at 1-866-932-7269 to reserve a room. You must mention the "2014 CCTA Technical Training" to be eligible for the special rate, which expires on July 3.
If you are interested in attending the 2014 Technical Training, or having your company sponsor a social event, please contact Executive Director Andrea L. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-864-836-8954. She can send you full details of the training, plus the pertinent registration forms. Registrations for the training must be made by Wednesday, July 9.
Lisa Burke of Weststar TV presents a check for $1,000 from the CCTA's Community Charities Program to athletes involved in Special Olympics Cayman Islands.
2014 Community Charities Program
Twelve exceptional charities will benefit from the CCTA's Community Charities Program this year. The board of directors unanimously agreed to award $1,000 to each organization that was nominated by a cable system member of the CCTA.
David Burrows, CCTA chair and head of marketing for Cable Bahamas, stated, "The missions of these 12 nominees range from health services to education, from senior care to humane care. All nominees provide vital services to their communities and we are pleased to be able to help each one." The board made the decision to provide all 2014 nominees with $1,000 at their meeting on May 22.
The 12 grant recipients and their sponsoring companies are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda nominated by Bermuda CableVision Ltd.; Bregado Flax Primary School nominated by BVI Cable TV; Go Gogo Foundation Corp. nominated by Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico; Clarendon Infirmary nominated by General Satelite Network Company Ltd. of Jamaica; Queen Louise Home nominated by Innovative Cable TV St. Croix; Nana Baby Children's Home, Inc. nominated by Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas-St. John; Colegio de Educacion Especial y Rehabilitacion Integral nominated by Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation nominated by St. Maarten Cable TV; Warriors for Christ Pathfinder Club nominated by The Cable of St. Kitts; Fundashon Pro Bista nominated by T.V. Distribution Systems of Curacao; Special Olympics Cayman Islands nominated by WestStar TV Limited; and Home Away From Home nominated by Wireless Telecommunication Network of St. Maarten.
The Community Charities Program was established by the CCTA in 1993. Since then, the program has distributed over $293,000 in grants to more than 120 charities in the region.