CCTA Wavelengths: Issue 5 - Summer 2013

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CCTA Announces the 2013 Technical Training Sessions

Coming to San Juan July 16, 17 and 18 - don't miss out! The CCTA has just released the registration materials for its annual Technical Training, which will take place from 8am to 5pm on three days: Tuesday, July 16; Wednesday, July 17; and Thursday, July 18. 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., has finalized details of the schedule, which will include three full days of training modules presented by experts in cable industry technology and engineering. Companies and organizations providing trainers are Aurora Networks, Choice Cable TV, CommScope, Incospec Communications, PPC, Tarpon Communications, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, and Worldwide Supply. The CCTA Board is very appreciative of these contributions to the association and the industry. Click here for a copy of the schedule.

The 2013 training will take place at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center & Hotel Casino located at 200 Convention Blvd. in San Juan. The hotel has provided a rate of $130 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 13 through July 21, based on availability. Click here for Sheraton's dedicated CCTA reservation site, or call the hotel's Central Reservations office at 1-866-932-7269 to reserve a room. You must mention the "2013 CCTA Technical Training" to be eligible for the special rate, which expires on July 5.

If you are interested in attending the 2013 Technical Training, or having your company sponsor a social event, please contact Executive Director Andrea L. Martin via email, or by calling 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 Friday, July 12.

13 Different Carribbean Charities Receive Grants from CCTA

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association unanimously agreed to award a total of $14,000 to charitable organizations located in the Caribbean through the Community Charities Program. Each individual charity was nominated by a cable system operator that is part of the CCTA. The Community Charities Program, which was established by the CCTA in 1993, has awarded more than $281,000 during its existence.

The missions of all nominees were noteworthy, so the board members decided to award each one a grant. The CCTA originally established the program to give just ten grants per year, but the program has generated so much interest among members that the number of applicants continues to exceed the original number. Twelve nominees will receive $1,000 each, and one nominee will receive $2,000 since it was nominated by two different members. The board took this action at its meeting on May 23, 2013.


The St. Maarten Soccer Educational Foundation publicly recognized its contributors in 2012, including the CCTA. The organization was nominated by Wireless Telecommunication Network to receive a $1,000 grant through the Community Charities Program in 2012.

The grant recipients and their sponsoring companies are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda nominated by Bermuda CableVision Ltd.; The West End Center Committee nominated by BVI Cable TV; Sociedad de Educacion y Rehabilitacion de Puerto Rico nominated by Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico; 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 both Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico and OneLink Communications; Comfort Bay Senior Citizens' Home nominated by St. Lucia Cablevision (LIME); Victorious Living Foundation nominated by St. Maarten Cable TV; Adopt an Addict Foundation nominated by SETAR; LEAP (The Learning Empowerment Through the Arts Program) nominated by The Cable of St. Kitts; Stichting Hulp-aan-Curacao nominated by T.V. Distribution Systems N.V. of Curacao; Special Olympics Cayman Islands nominated by WestStar TV Limited; and Safe Haven Foundation nominated by Wireless Telecommunication Network of St. Maarten.

Each cable company was sent a check made payable to the nominated charity in the amount of $1,000. Hopefully, the publicity generated by each check presentation will promote the cable operator, the CCTA and the industry throughout the Caribbean. The funding for the Community Charities Program comes mainly from Auction Proceeds and Raffle Ticket Sales at the Annual Meeting. At the 2013 Annual Meeting, the Auction and Raffle generated nearly $14,000 for the program.


13 Scenes from the 2012 Annual Technical Training Sessions

JANUARY 27-29, 2014!

Mark your calendars now for the CCTA's 2014 Annual Meeting! It will be held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino in San Juan, from January 27 to 29. The Board of Directors is in the midst of developing the schedule for the convention, but it will include extended exhibit hall hours and additional time allocated to "Highlights" presentations from our Associate Members.

The CCTA is always open to suggestions for speakers, topics and new activities at the Annual Meeting. So please feel free to send your comments to any member of the Board of Directors or to Executive Director Andrea Martin, at