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

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


November 17, 2009

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

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

Colorado Springs, CO


Present:     TPAC Members: Russ Fertitta, Mark Ewell, Amber Robinson, Gerry Geyer, Marshall Tuttle, Justin Burns, Jeff Eichers, John Nuwer

Absent:      None

Staff:          Curlie Mathews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake

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





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



Mr. Marshall Tuttle made a motion to approve the October minutes. Ms. Amber Robinson seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.



Mr. Russ Fertitta promoted more involvement from members during meetings in order to bring more substance to the committee and provide more value to the City. Mr. Mark Ewell emphasized the importance of committee members coming prepared to present something newsworthy each month.




Cable Video Franchise Updates


         Comcast:  No report.

         Falcon Broadband: No report.

         Zip Broadband:  Mr. Chris Pratz reported that they turned off their television service. Zip Broadband continues to gain a few dozen customers each month on consumer and business side. They project adding 3 more towers next year in the northeast corridor to cover areas from Calhan to Yoder. Base stations can typically be deployed in 1 weeks.


New Technologies

No update.


TPAC Website

No update.




         Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report.

         Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

No report - Mr. Geyer will continue to provide quarterly results and will include more detail in future reports.


         Broadband Infrastructure Task Force

Mr. Tuttle provided committee with copies of an article reporting on the mobile high speed Internet being rolled out nationwide.


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

No report.

         Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:

No report.

         Future Projects:

Mr. Mark Ewell gave update that service provider letter needed only minor changes made and the question was raised as to who would be responsible for signing the letter. Suggestion was made that minutes should reflect the criteria used to select which providers were invited to visit.




         Mr. Curlie Matthews gave a presentation about the Voice & Data Center Consolidation project. Highlights of the briefing were:

o    Wahsatch building was not secure and was structurally and environmentally deficient.

o    The City has migrated to a virtualized environment utilizing SAN storage, enterprise backup and disaster recovery solutions to accommodate new storage and VM infrastructure.

o    An information security solution has been implemented to safeguard City?s digital assets.

o    A diverse service entrance has been provided into the POC. 

         December 31, 2009 the Wahsatch building will be vacated and renovated entirely.

         Mr. Justin Burns commended Mr. Matthews on his successful project completion given the tight timeframe.

         Ms. Dawn Roth from Colorado Springs Utilities briefed the committee that budget cuts have resulted in 200 lost positions in last 4 years, 22 of which were in IT. Ms. Roth provided clarification on 2C and 300 ballots.


ADJOURN:  Mr. Geyer made motion to adjourn and Mr. Burns seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 am.