City of Colorado Springs / Commissions & Committees / Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009



July 21, 2009

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite 701

Colorado Springs, CO


Present:     TPAC Members: Michael Freeman, Marshall Tuttle, Justin Burns, Amber Robinson

Absent:      Gerald Geyer, Russ Fertitta, Richard Embury, Mark Ewell

Staff:          Curlie Mathews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake

Guests:      Brian Bleike-Colorado Springs Utilities, Bonnie Moeder-Colorado Springs Utilities, David Sered-Comcast, Chris Pratz-Porchlight



A quorum was not present to call the meeting to order.  



No introductions were necessary.



A quorum was not present to approve the June minutes. The June and July minutes will be reviewed for approval at the next TPAC meeting in August.



Ms. Kathy Lake reported on the 2nd Quarter Complaint Log for Comcast. Ms. Lake also reported that Porchlight is no longer a cable franchise provider effective July 15, 2009.




Cable Video Franchise Updates



ˇ         Comcast:  Mr. David Sered reported the complaints on the 2nd Quarter report Ms. Lake reported on were minimal. Customer service and technical operations were able to provide a quick turnaround to resolve these complaint issues.


Mr. Sered reported on issues concerning squirrels chewing on their fiber and over grown trees in the City. He indicated that Comcast is meeting with Forestry this Friday to discuss these issues.


ˇ         Falcon Broadband No Report.


ˇ         Porchlight:  Mr. Chris Pratz reported that Porchlight did not go bankrupt and is financially secured. Board members reinvested and decided to go another direction. The company is now known as Zip Broadband providing internet, telephone, and security services.


New Technologies: No report.


TPAC Website

Marshall will review the TPAC website to see if the links for TPAC are working properly.




ˇ         Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report. 

ˇ         Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

No report.


         Broadband Infrastructure Task Force

Mr. Marshall Tuttle reported on an article in the Denver Post regarding private industries going after stimulus money. He indicated the stimulus money is managed by the Department of Agriculture.     


Review, Planning and action status - TPAC support to City IT


ˇ         Future Projects:


Ms. Amber Robinson reported that the draft letter to the telecommunication providers is still in progress. It was mentioned the purpose and objective of this task is to have a list of providers available for the City, Economic Development Center, residents and businesses of the city.  A draft letter will be provided at the next TPAC meeting August.  




Ms. Jackie Julaton reported on the status of replacing the alternate for the TPAC. She mentioned that according to Ms. Marti Devine, the Vice Mayor is going through the last interviews (résumés and letters of interest from September 2008) on the TPAC to see if he can recommend an Alternate to Council. This item may be on the agenda on August 11th; however, Ms. Devine will confirm with Ms. Julaton at a later date.


ADJOURN:  A quorum was not present to adjourn.