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

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

TPAC Minutes
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March 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: Michael Freeman, Gerry Geyer, Russ Fertitta, Marshall Tuttle, Haze Hutmacher, Justin Burns, Amber Robinson
Absent:     Richard Embury, Mark Ewell
Staff:     Curlie Matthews, Kathy Lake, Jackie Julaton
Guests:     Kim Girling-Colorado Springs Utilities, Brian Bleike-Colorado Springs Utilities, Tammy Fields-Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Phil Hagen-Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Ben Kley-Falcon Broadband

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

Mike Freeman welcomed the TPAC committee members and guests.

Regarding the February minutes, Mr. Phil Hagen clarified that in the section of New Technologies and New Business, "businesses" needed to be changed to "telecom providers". In the section of Legislative Matters Sub-Committee, Mr. Gerry Geyer noted to add "stimulus" that identifies the money. Mr. Michael Freeman made a motion to approve the February minutes as amended, Mr. Russ Fertitta seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.

No report


Cable Video Franchise Updates

? Comcast: No report.

The TPAC scheduled to tour the Call Center on April 3, 2009 at 8:00a.m.

? Falcon Broadband: The merger between Falcon Broadband and PrimeTime is complete. Mr. Geyer asked if the merger will bring new services i.e., channels, IPTV, and video. At this time no additional services will be provided.

? Porchlight: No report.

New Technologies
No report.

TPAC Website (
Review of any new content, updates and sections on SpringsGov website (TPAC/City staff)

Mr. Curlie Matthews reported the upgrade to the City's is still on target to go live on April 17. Mr. Matthews will plan on providing a quick demo of at the next scheduled TPAC meeting on April 21.


? Legislative Matters Sub-Committee
Mr. Gerry Geyer reported that there is no update on researching the Rural Broadband Stimulus package.

? Franchise Performance Sub-Committee
Mr. Gerry Geyer reported no update.

? Broadband Infrastructure Task Force: Mr. Marshall Tuttle reported he found information on the internet concerning Colorado Tele-Health Network. Mr. Tuttle reported that over 100 hospitals in Colorado will eventually be connected through the Colorado Tele-Health Network.

Review, Planning and action status - TPAC support to City IT
Mr. Freeman asked the committee for potential topics to assist the CIO in light of the City's 2009 budget cuts. Mr. Fertitta briefed he thought IT like functions could be combined (IT, Engineering, Blackberry, voice). Mr. Matthews briefed the City is already undertaking this approach. Mr. Matthews also briefed the IT department is down 14 positions and is very busy with the datacenter move. CDWG was awarded the Data Center Move Contract.

Future Projects: No Report


Ms Tammy Fields discussed the 1A ballot measure and stressed the importance of the proposed item. She relayed the additional funds (not a tax) will greatly assist keeping Colorado Springs jobs.

ADJOURN: There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:35a.m.