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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


June 15, 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, Gerry Geyer, Amber Robinson, Marshall Tuttle, Justin Burns, John Nuwer, David King

Absent:      Mark Ewell, Michael Peltier (alternate)

Staff:          Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake, Curlie Matthews

Guests:     Dawn Roth-CSU, Ben Kley and Dave Bryan-Falcon Broadband, Chris Pratz-Zip Broadband, William Murray-Citizen






A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:33 a.m.



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





Cable Video Franchise Updates


        Comcast ? Ms. Kathy Lake reported no update. Discussion took place surrounding more HD channels.             

        Falcon Broadband ? Mr. Dave Bryan offered tour of fiber to the community in the Banning Lewis Ranch development with anticipated duration of 1 hour. An afternoon tour to be scheduled sometime in July.

        Zip Broadband:  No report, not present.


New Technologies

No update.


TPAC Website

Mr. Russ Fertitta commented that the TPAC?s website is very comparable to other city board websites.



Mr. Curlie Matthews reported he?s heard no further response on the Google RFI, other than receiving promotional material from them.


        Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report.

        Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

Mr. Gerry Geyer emailed quarterly reports following the May meeting.

        Broadband Infrastructure Task Force

Mr. Marshall Tuttle reported some land line providers have requested stimulus money but it is gone to the public sector. Ms. Dawn Roth reported CSU applied for grant money and weren?t selected.

Service Provider Letter: Ms. Jackie Julaton reported still no response to the service provider letter from businesses to present.  A Comcast representative was not in attendance therefore, no presentation given.


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

Mr. Curlie Matthews reported no assistance needed at this time. Also reported the City has issued an RFI to research the feasibility of outsourcing the City?s IT services and support. He said that if the RFI advances to the RFP stage, then he may lean on the TPAC for assistance. Dawn Roth commented on CSU?s experiences with outsourcing and the challenge of working with multiple vendors. Mr. Matthews mentioned City Council has mandated other departments to research outsourcing costs.


        Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:

No report.


        Future Projects:  




Mr. Justin Burns commented the Governor vetoed Bill 1281 that would allow Qwest to de-regulate their VOIP services. He will email information to the TPAC.


Citizen Mr. Murray commented on Comcast buying Bresnan Communications, according to Gazette.


ADJOURN:  Mr. Fertitta made motion to adjourn and Mr. Geyer seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 am.