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Orion Cable Commission 2016 Year in Review

The Comcast audit, conducted by Scott Lewis & Associates, was completed in February.  Comcast was found owing, and paid $9,262.  The audit cost $8,150.

In February, the Cable Commission Administrator and ONTV staff dealt with the aftermath of the flood in the Orion Center.  Fire watches were necessary around the clock until a security firm was hired.  The Cable Commission administrator shared her office space with a staff member from the Orion center for 5 months.

In July, the Cable Commission renewed the Management Agreement with Orion Neighborhood Television for another 3 years.

AT&T surprised the Cable Commission with a request to re-franchise with Orion Township in September, several months before their original contract expired.  The document was reviewed and the Cable Commission made the recommendation to the township to approve the franchise.   AT&T began the re-franchising process with the Village of Lake Orion in late September, and the Cable Commission recommended approving the village franchise.  It is the duty/responsibility of the Cable Commission to make recommendations to the Village and Township regarding franchise renewal under the Cable Communications Ordinance, #80 for the Township and #16.05 for the Village.

The Cable Commission administrator began helping ONTV with outreach in September by writing and submitting press releases about ONTV special events to local newspapers.

The Cable Commission approved two grants to Lake Orion Community Schools in 2016:
#041602, LOCS (Roger Smith) $94,024.78
for studio/equipment upgrades for the LOHS TV studio.
#101601, LOCS (Lauren Smith) $25,493.02
(plus $4,000 from ONTV budget) for equipment and broadcast
rights for the band and choir programs at LOHS.

The Cable Commission paid for supplemental cooling for the ONTV headend to keep equipment from over-heating.

Two Commission members attended national conferences and provided conference reports in 2016.

A committee was formed to check into the possibility of providing a scholarship program for LOHS students pursuing further education in the media arts.  It was determined that this is not something that the Cable Commission can do, because franchise fee money is considered public money, and goods or services must be received in return for public money.

The Chair of the Commission, Ralph Painter, began providing “board training’ on various topics at regular meetings.

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December, 2016
The Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer
and Governmental Affairs Bureau
will host a webinar on robocalls on
December 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
The agenda for the event appears below.

The webinar, which is free and intended
for all consumers, will provide information about consumers’ rights
and the steps they can take to prevent robocalls.
Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act,
the FCC plays a crucial role
in helping consumers stop unwanted calls,
text messages and faxes, particularly
when they involve unwanted marketing or scams.
This info session will explain the FCC’s role
in addressing this issue
and the steps consumers can take
to protect themselves from and/or decrease
the amount of unwanted robocalls they receive.

How to Register

Consumers can participate in the webinar
via WebEx (audio and video) or
by conference call (audio only).
To participate by WebEx, go to the event page at
www.fcc.gov/newsevents/events/2016/12/consumer-info-session-how-deal-robocalls.

On that page click on the registration link,
provide the required information,
and then click on “Submit” to complete your registration.
Once registered you will receive a confirmation email
with instructions for joining the event,
including the password and the link for the meeting.

Alternatively, to participate by telephone,
please use the following conference bridge at the time of the webinar:

Call Number: 1-888-858-2144
Access Code: 2697307

During the event, consumers can submit comments and questions
by emailing robocallswebinar@fcc.gov.

For public notice and agenda, click on link below:
fcc-public-notice-december-8-2016

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June, 2015
The Orion Cable Commission updated the cablecasting equipment
at the new Village of Lake Orion council chambers in June.

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April, 2015

Students at Lake Orion High School are using updated computers
for editing video projects, due to a grant from the cable commission.

DSC_0007(1) - Copy_optAlthough the 17 computers that were in use previously
were fully loaded when they were purchased in 2005,
they didn’t support high definition video and
were having a significant negative impact
by slowing down production.

DSC_0003(1) - Copy_optThe award winning Television Production Workshop
at the high school
has been offered for almost 50 years.

DSC_0006(1) - Copy_optLake Orion High School Television Production Workshop
teacher Roger Smith applied for the grant
for the computers and reported that a server
is in the works that would allow students to work on their projects
on any computer, rather than just the one they started on.

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June, 2015
The Orion Cable Commission updated the cablecasting equipment
at the new Village of Lake Orion council chambers in June.

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April, 2015

Students at Lake Orion High School are using updated computers
for editing video projects, due to a grant from the cable commission.

DSC_0007(1) - Copy_optAlthough the 17 computers that were in use previously
were fully loaded when they were purchased in 2005,
they didn’t support high definition video and
were having a significant negative impact
by slowing down production.

DSC_0003(1) - Copy_optThe award winning Television Production Workshop
at the high school
has been offered for almost 50 years.

DSC_0006(1) - Copy_optLake Orion High School Television Production Workshop
teacher Roger Smith applied for the grant
for the computers and reported that a server
is in the works that would allow students to work on their projects
on any computer, rather than just the one they started on.

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In May, 2012, the Orion Cable Commission approved a grant for Lake Orion Community Schools for new production equipment for the Lake Orion HIgh School television studio and control room, to replace their aging equipment.  The equipment purchased is the same type as is available at ONTV, so that students are able to work at both facilities.

Lake Orion High School students produce a daily live newscast (LO-AM) from the high school.  This program is now in its 24th year and has been named the best high school newscast in Michigan for several years.

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In addition to the daily newscast, students produce a monthly interview/magazine show (Dragon Digest), play-by-play and/or full coverage of various sports and events, PSAs for local non-profit organizations and other positive messages.

The programs produced by the students can be viewed on the Educational Access Channel, Comcast 22, and AT&T UVerse 99.

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