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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


September 15, 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, Justin Burns, Amber Robinson

Absent:     Marshall Tuttle, Richard Embury, Mark Ewell

Staff:         Curlie Mathews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake, Chris Chiancone

Guests:      Dawn Roth-Colorado Sprigs Utilities, Kim Girling, Chris Pratz-Zip Broadband



A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:36 a.m.



Mr. Chiancone is the new IS Manager for the City of Colorado Springs.



Mr. Freeman made a motion to approve the August minutes. Mr. Fertitta seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.



Mr. Geyer spoke about the upcoming TPAC elections in October as the committee will have to select a new Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary. The committee has two open vacancies as Mr. Freeman and Mr. Embury are resigning from the committee. Ms Julaton will contact the Mayor?s Office to determine if the two candidates who were previously interviewed for TPAC will be appointed on September 22, 2009. TPAC requested to review copies of the applications/resumes of the two candidates who are interested in serving the TPAC. Ms. Julaton will contact the Mayor's Office to discuss TPAC's requests and check on the status of filling the alternate position.   




Cable Video Franchise Updates

Ms. Lake reported the Falcon and Prime Time merger was called off. Ms. Lake also reported on PEG channels and franchise fees. Franchise fees are due to the City on September 24.


Mr. Burns asked to know the complete impact of the franchise fees that the City contributes and how it is impacting Colorado Springs.


City Council approved the franchise fee budget. This information was provided on  The money was allocated to the following:

o    30.18% - Springs TV (Channel 18)

o    48.9% ? IT

o    19.92% - Southern Colorado Educational Television Consortium (SCETC)


Mr. Burns asked to know how the budget percentage that was approved to Southern Colorado Educational Television Consortium (SCETC) is spent. TPAC requested Ms. Lake to invite a representative from SCETC to present a budget report on how SCETC allocates this funding. 


TPAC requested a presentation on how Channel18 works. Ms. Julaton will invite Sue Skiffington-Blumberg of Public Communications to present how Channel 18 Springs TV works.


Mr. Matthews reported the funding allocated to IT is spent on ERP applications, software/hardware for PeopleSoft that supports city financials, and the production of Springs TV for City Council meetings on Channel 18.


         Comcast:  No update.


         Falcon Broadband: No update.


New Technologies

No report.


TPAC Website

TPAC web page issues that were identified last month have been corrected.




         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:

Ms. Robinson reported the draft letter to local phone providers is still pending approval. Ms. Robinson will follow up with Mr. Ewell and provide the letter for approval to the TPAC at the next meeting so it can be presented to the Vice Mayor for approval. 


Ms. Roth briefed on Colorado Springs Utilities overview that highlighted the Southern Delivery System (SDS) project.


Mr. Pratz of Zip Broadband briefed  on the new towers being installed at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and in Falcon, CO.  Zip Broadband will have a 4G footprint as most of the current customer base is in the Eastern corridor.  





ADJOURN:  There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 a.m.