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

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


October 20, 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, Mark Ewell, Justin Burns, Amber Robinson,  Jeff Eichers, John Nuwer

Absent:      None

Staff:          Curlie Mathews, Kathy Lake

Guests:      Brian Bleike-Colorado Sprigs Utilities, David Sered-Comcast, Mark Pratz-Zip Broadband, Sue Skiffington-Blumberg-City of Colorado Springs Public Communication



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



Two new TPAC members were introduced and welcomed to the committee:

-       Mr. Jeff Eichers

-       Mr. John Nuwer



Mr. Gerry Geyer made a motion to approve the September minutes. Mr. Russ Fertitta seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.



TPAC elections were held for the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary positions.  The committee voted and elected the following to serve for one year:

-       Chair: Mr. Russ Fertitta

-       Vice Chair: Mr. Mark Ewell

-       Secretary: Ms Amber Robinson


Mr. Mark Ewell made a motion to thank Mr. Michael Freeman (outgoing Chair) for his leadership over the past year.  The committee endorsed this motion.


Ms. Jackie Julaton will check with the Mayor?s Office to determine if the vacant alternate position will be filled.





Cable Video Franchise Updates


         Comcast:  Mr. Sered briefed the Newsmaker program is a big success as it allows non-profits and elected official to get their message out.  Comcast will continue this effort in 2010.

         Falcon Broadband: No update.

         Zip Broadband:  No update.


New Technologies

No Update.


TPAC Website

All items have been corrected.




         Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report.

         Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

No report - 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. Amber Robinson and Mr. Mark Ewell will provide an update on the draft letter to local phone providers.




         Ms. Sue Skiffington-Blumberg gave an excellent 50 minute overview on the website.  Ms. Skiffington-Blumberg's office, City of Colorado Springs Public Communication, is funded through 2015 by the Comcast Franchise fee that the citizens pay. Highlights of the briefing were:

o    Demo of the public communication page

o    Channel 18 and 601 (Fire department uses from training)

o    Showed the committee how to watch city council meetings (either live or via Internet)

o    Showed how the staff reacts to public concerns by publishing current information on various ?hot? topics

         Top Issues:

o    Focus on issues as directed by City Council

o    Obtain self sustained funding for staff and equipment


         Need ethics training for the two new members and perhaps refresher training for the rest of the committee.  Ms. Jackie Julaton will coordinate with the legal department to set up the training.


         Mr. Curlie Matthews, CIO will provide an update on the IT Upgrade/Consolidation Project.



ADJOURN:  There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:47 am.