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

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


August 18, 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, Gerry Geyer, Russ Fertitta, Marshall Tuttle, Justin Burns, Mark Ewell, Richard Embury

Absent:      Amber Robinson

Staff:         Curlie Mathews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake

Guests:      Dawn Roth-Colorado Sprigs Utilities, Tammy Fields-Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, David Sered-Comcast



A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:35 a.m.



No introductions were necessary.



Gerry Geyer made a motion to approve the June and July minutes. Mark Ewell seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.



Michael Freeman?s term is expiring in October 2009 and it?s his intention not to seek reappointment.

Richard Embury?s term is expiring in October 2009 and it?s his intention not to seek reappointment.

Jackie Julaton will contact Marti Devine to determine how the two pending vacancies and alternate TPAC positions will be filled /advertised.




Cable Video Franchise Updates

Kathy Lake reported the Falcon and Prime Time merger was called off.


         Comcast:  Mr. Sered offered to set up a tour of the Comcast Call Center for TPAC members who have not yet toured the facility.

         Falcon Broadband: No report


New Technologies

No report.


TPAC Website

         TPAC website (

Marshall Tuttle reported several links were broken but were fixed.  Also, the TPAC historical documents (minutes) were not available. Curlie Matthews, CIO will follow up on this matter.




         Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report 

         Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

Mr. Geyer will scan quarterly results and send out to the committee.

         Broadband Infrastructure Task Force

No report


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

No report


         Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:

No report.


         Future Projects:

Mr. Ewell briefed the committee on a draft letter to local phone providers asking them to come to the TPAC meeting and brief them on their status and future strategy.  The briefing will consist of (1) meet and greet (2) what service they provide (3) what future services.  Justin Burns wanted to limit the invites to the large ISPs however Russ Fertitta expressed a concern as TPAC is a citizen committee and limiting access to TPAC may not be in the best interest of the community. The TPAC committee members are to review the draft letter and submit changes to him prior to the September 15 meeting.





ADJOURN:  There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 am.