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

Tuesday, March 16, 2010



March 16, 2010

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 conf call), Gerry Geyer, Marshall Tuttle, Justin Burns, John Nuwer

Absent:      Amber Robinson

Staff:         Curlie Mathews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake

Guests:      Dawn Roth-CSU, William P Murray (citizen), Chris Pratz-Zip Broadband, David Sered-Comcast (by conf call), Ben Kley-Falcon Broadband





A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:32 a.m.



Mr. Gerry Geyer made a motion to approve the February minutes. Mr. Marshall Tuttle seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.



TPAC Administration ? Ms. Jackie Julaton reported the TPAC vacancies are filled. Mr. David King will replace Jeff Eichers, and Mr. Michael Peltier will fill in the "alternate" position.  Upcoming term-limits for Mr. Gerry Geyer and Mr. Justin Burns will be reviewed in October.


Google RFI ? Mr. Russ Fertitta reported that he, Mr. Justin Burns and Mr. Curlie Matthews met with Vice Mayor Small to discuss the Google RFI. Mr. Matthews reported that City Council unanimously approved for the City to respond to and participate in the RFI. Mr. Matthews is preparing the RFI, gathering information from City departments, and plans to have this done by the end of the week.


Ms. Dawn Roth reported on CRS 2729 and impacts and limitations based upon state statutes.


Mr. Justin Burns suggested the City have a banner notification on its TPAC website indicating the City is responding to Google's RFI. He also suggested adding the link to Google's RFI that provides the short form so citizens or anyone else interested can easily access this form.





Cable Video Franchise Updates


         Comcast ? Mr. David Sered reported that Comcast notices in regards to the upcoming changes were mailed to their customers. Mr. Sered is offering another tour of the Call Center. Newsmakers has open spots in April.

         Falcon Broadband- Mr. Ben Kley reported Falcon Broadband has added Fox Sports and HD channels. Mr. Kley also reported that Falcon does provide fiber to the home today so he supports the fiber RFI for Google. They continue to work on how to better support private enterprises today as well. Mr. Matthews reported that the Mayor and City Council provided a letter in support of Falcon venturing into Fiber to the home.

         Zip Broadband:  Mr. Chris Pratz reported Zip Broadband also has fiber in the home in eight communities.


New Technologies

No update.


TPAC Website

Mr. Marshall Tuttle reported that an error occurred while he was using the City's website to complete a pothole fix request. He contacted Ms. Julaton and the problem was resolved.




         Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report.

         Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

No report.

         Broadband Infrastructure Task Force

No report.

       Service Provider Letter: Mr. Russ Fertitta signed the Service Provider letter and Ms. Julaton reported she had mailed the Service Provider letters to addresses on the business list including the list of business updates from Mr. Burns. Mr. Mark Ewell expressed a concern over the removal of a business from the initial mail-out but Mr. Fertitta explained he did not want any appearance of preferential treatment. Since the letter is posted on the TPAC website any business can response if desired.


Mr. Tuttle will contact Mr. Wayne Heilman of the Gazette to see if he can post an informal public notification concerning TPAC's Service Provider letter.


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

No report.


         Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:

No report.


         Future Projects:




Mr. William Murray raised a question concerning what was the outcome with the TPAC Green Paper suggestions and recommendations that were incorporated in this document. Discussion followed on funding sources and the reality of the economy. Mr. Gerry Geyer reported that this was submitted to Council and it is posted on the TPAC website, and that the TPAC had completed its duty according to their charter.


ADJOURN:  Mr. Fertitta made motion to adjourn and Mr. Geyer seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 am.