CCTA Wavelengths: Issue 9 - Summer 2015

Community Charities Receive a Boost from CCTA

Eight exceptional charities will benefit from the CCTA's Community Charities Program in 2015. The board of directors unanimously agreed to award $1,250 to each of the eight organizations that had been nominated by a cable system member of the CCTA.

The eight grant recipients and their sponsoring companies are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda, nominated by Bermuda CableVision Ltd.; M.A.L.E. (Mentoring Anointed Leaders Everywhere), nominated by BVI Cable TV; Harrison College, nominated by Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation of Barbados; The Steven Anthony Ayala Rivera Foundation, Inc., nominated by Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico; May Pen Hospital, nominated by General Satelite Network Company Ltd. of Jamaica; Colegio de Educacion Especial y Rehabilitacion Integral, nominated by Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; Be The Change Foundation, nominated by St. Maarten Cable TV; and St. Kitts Nevis National Majorettes, nominated by The Cable of St. Kitts.

Terry Roberson, CCTA Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Bermuda CableVision, stated, “The 2015 grant winners provide a variety of services to their communities, ranging from health facilities to mentoring programs for children. All nominees provide vital human service programs to people in the Caribbean and we are pleased to be able to help each one.” The board made the decision to provide all 2015 nominees with $1,250 at their meeting on May 18.

The Community Charities Program was established by the CCTA in 1993. Since then, the program has distributed over $290,000 in grants to more than 130 charities in the region.

CCTA Renews its Agreement with Laureate Online Education

The CCTA recently renewed its agreement with Laureate Online Education to promote the organization's online degree programs with Walden University, the University of Liverpool and the University of Roehampton. Laureate, as the University of Liverpool's exclusive worldwide e-learning partner, makes the University's programs available online, providing an e-learning environment and personal student support. Both partners are renowned for quality, innovation and continuous improvement in online teaching and learning.

Online degrees and certificate programs are designed to help each student balance his or her personal and professional commitments while investing in the future.

For further information on the degrees offered, you can visit, or contact Caribbean Manager Kelly Bute-Seaton at 1-868-683-4308), or Enrolment Advisor Renee Robertson at

We Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 Training Sessions, July 21-23!

The CCTA's annual Technical Training Sessions are right around the corner. The sessions will be held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan on July 21, 22 and 23, 2015.

A variety of relevant technical subject matter will be explored by leading experts in the industry. The 2015 program will cover: "Better Understanding of How OFDM and LDPC Work"; "Getting the Most from Workforce Management Systems"; "Lowering Churn Rate on Installations and Service Calls – Increased QoS"; "LTE Interference Challenges using Shielding Integrity Monitoring Solution"; "Maximizing Fiber Networks"; "State of Readiness in order to Deploy DOCSIS 3.1"; and "Total Power per Hertz on the Return Path".

The CCTA has provided free annual training to employees of Active Members for many years and the response has always been positive. Bringing information on the current topics in the cable television and telecommunications industries to the region is one of the organization's primary missions. Although member companies must cover transportation, lodging and evening meal expenses, the CCTA handles the cost of the training sessions and all daytime meals. For representatives of Associate Members or non-members, the training sessions are available for reasonable daily fees.

For the 2015 Technical Training Sessions, the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino has provided a rate of $139 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 is available from July 20 through July 22, based on availability, plus three days prior to and three days after the event dates. Reservations must be made by July 6. A deposit equal to one night's room and tax will be charged at the time the reservation is made. Deposits are refundable if a cancellation notice is received by the Hotel at least seven days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

Rooms in the CCTA's block can be reserved by calling the Sheraton's Centralized Reservations Department at 1-866-932-7269, or directly to the hotel in San Juan at 1-787-993-3500. The phrase "CCTA Technical Training" must be mentioned to receive the special negotiated rate. Hotel reservations can also be made through the CCTA dedicated reservations page ( )