Cut The Cord: Support & Information Page
This site has been updated from the 2016-17 session information
to material and links for the 2020-21 virtual (online) sessions.
"Cut the Cord" is a community presentation meant to help you get rid of the cost and limits of "cable TV" and replace it with the endless options available from online streaming. The original sessions were presented in 2016 and 2017 at library and town events all over CT.
While (even now, four years later) there's no shortage of information about "cord cutting" on the web, most of it is aimed at a more experienced audience familiar with the details of using the hardware, apps and other tools used to find and view streaming content. It's hard to wade through discussions of one product vs another, or one approach vs others, when you don't have an understanding of how the overall process works and what your options are.
My presentation, now adapted to virtual meetings on Zoom and similar apps, is aimed at regular TV watchers who are ready to tell Comcast, Cox, Charter and other cable companies to get lost... to take their high prices, rigid service options and endless customer service headaches to the virtual dump. We're at a point where even a non-technical Do-It-Yourselfer can replace cable TV (and cable phone service) with better options — cheaper, more flexible, and free of contracts and overhead costs.
Choose one of the links below for more specific information for either hosts or cordcutters!
I may be specially, if not uniquely qualified to give this presentation and help guide the average TV viewer and cable customer to a successful 'cord free' entertainment experience:
I had originally planned to give one small talk in my home town of Tolland, and perhaps a few in adjacent communities. Once the word went out among librarians and town rec managers, though, the interest in hosting a "Cut the Cord" session was overwhelming. The eventual list of sessions follows.
It was a lot of fun to give these presentations and over a year or so's rotation they could have gone on for a long time... but in August 2017 I moved to Denver, Colorado. Oh, well.
|Town (all in CT)||Day, Date & Time||Attendance|
|Tolland||October 26 (2016)||40*|
|Manchester||January 12 (2017)||180*|
|Canton (1)||January 21||80*|
|Canton (2)||February 2||50|
|Bolton||Thursday, March 9, 10:30am
DAY PROGRAM at the Senior Center
|Pomfret||Thursday, March 16, 7:00pm||POSTPONED - TBA|
|Meriden||Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm||80*|
|East Hampton||Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm||25|
|Simsbury||Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm||75|
|Granby||Wednesday, April 26, 6:30pm||50|
|Coventry||Wednesday, May 3, 6:30pm||35*|
|Ellington||Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm||60*|
|North Stonington||Wednesday, May 10, 6:30pm||25|
|North Haven||Thursday, May 11, 6:30pm||50|
|Holland, MA||Wednesday, May 17, 6:30pm
Community Center ( $5/person )
|Somers||Monday, May 22, 6:30pm||40|
|Wethersfield||Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm||50|
|Newington||Wednesday, May 31, 6:30pm||80*|
|Wallingford||Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm||60|
|Cheshire||Saturday, June 17, 2:00pm||100*|
|Brookfield||Thursday, July 6, 7:00pm||100*|
|Lebanon||Tuesday, July 11, 6:30pm||49*|
|Glastonbury (1)||Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm||53*|
|Hamden||Tuesday, July 25, 6:30pm||160*|
|Glastonbury (2)||Tuesday, August 8, 6:30pm||60*|
|29 Sessions||Total Attendees to Date:||1,927|
|End of the Run... Sorry!|
|Woodbridge||Tuesday, October 3, 7:00pm||CANCELLED|
|Waterbury||Saturday, October 21, 2:00pm||CANCELLED|
|Durham||Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm||CANCELLED|