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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

 

MINUTES

December 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: Russ Fertitta, Mark Ewell (by conference), Amber Robinson, Gerry Geyer, Marshall Tuttle, John Nuwer

Absent:      Justin Burns, Jeff Eichers, Kathy Lake

Staff:          Curlie Mathews, Jackie Julaton

Guests:      Dawn Roth-Colorado Sprigs Utilities, Chris Pratz-Zip Broadband, David Sered-Comcast, Wayne Heilman-Gazette

 

INTRODUCTIONS: Wayne Heilman-Gazette

 

CALL TO ORDER

A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:37 a.m.

 

MINUTES

Mr. John Nuwer made a motion to approve the November minutes. Mr. Gerry Geyer seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.

 

ADMINISTRATION

The TPAC requested Ms. Jackie Julaton to follow up with Ms. Marti Devine on the status of advertising the TPAC vacant alternate position.

 

The TPAC requested an update on the Cable Franchise Quarterly Report concerning complaints. Ms. Julaton will forward the request to Ms. Kathy Lake who administers these reports.

 

ON-GOING BUSINESS

 

Cable Video Franchise Updates

 

         Comcast:  Mr. David Sered announced Comcast entered into agreement with NBC which will include local affiliated stations and major markets such as Telemundo, Bravo, USA, and SciFi to name a few. The regulatory process with FCC is expected to take 1 year. He promised more news about Comcast in 2010. Reported Comcast is averaging 8-9 complaints per quarter. Offered tour of call center to anyone interested.

         Zip Broadband:  Mr. Chris Pratz reported no update.

 

New Technologies

No update.

 

TPAC Website

No update.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

         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 updates on ClearWire and suggested we send them an invitation to the service provider meeting/presentation. Mr. Sered mentioned that Sprint and Comcast are both investors in ClearWire. Mr. Tuttle summarized an article in the Denver Post reporting that broadband is available to 80% of rural areas in Colorado and available in 97% of the state.

 

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

No report.

 

         Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:

No report.

 

         Future Projects:

Mr. Russ Fertitta will send an email to Mr. Justin Burns and cc: Ms. Julaton and Ms. Devine with regards to the background of the Service Provider letter and to find out if Vice Mayor Small would be willing to place his signature on it versus the TPAC. Mr. John Nuwer made a motion to limit 3 providers per meeting. Amber seconded the motion. All were in approval and the motion passed.

 

NEW BUSINESS 

         Mr. Russ Fertitta inquired as to the status of the SkyNet equipment the City purchased. Mr. Curlie Matthews briefed the equipment is not in use.

         Mr. Mark Ewell mentioned article about Austin, Texas cellular providers renting space from the Parks and Recreation Department to install cell phone towers.

         Ms. Dawn Roth from Colorado Springs Utilities briefed that Utilities leases space to cellular providers on the City?s water towers. The provider pays for the tower and Utilities owns the asset. Mr. Matthews said the City does this at some locations, but not at park facilities.

         Mr. Matthews updated that nearly everything has been removed from Wahsatch facility and asbestos removal is underway. He indicated the user experience has been enhanced as a result of the City?s recent upgrade, including speed and connectivity.

         Mr. Geyer mentioned a Proposition that reduces phone bill fees. To provide summary on impact in January 2010 TPAC meeting.

         Mr. Nuwer suggested the value of TPAC providing information for people relocating to the Colorado Springs area and TPAC?s role in comprehensive planning. Mr. Fertitta reminded the committee that our charter is to be advisory in nature.

 

ADJOURN:  Mr. Tuttle made motion to adjourn and Mr. Geyer seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:56 am.