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

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

TPAC Minutes
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 20, 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, Richard Embury, Mark Ewell, Amber Robinson
Absent: Justin Burns
Staff: Curlie Mathews, Jackie Santos, Kathy Lake
Guests:     Dawn Roth-Colorado Sprigs Utilities, Kim Girling-Colorado Springs Utilities, Brian Bleike-Colorado Springs Utilities, Phil Hagen-Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Tammy Fields-Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, David Sered-Comcast, Ben Kley-Falcon Broadband, Chris Pratz-Porchlight, Andy Wineke-The Gazette

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

No introductions were necessary.

Regarding the December minutes, Mr. Sered clarified that in the section of Cable Video Franchise Updates, the Comcast Newsmakers program is scheduled for February 10, 2009 not February 11, 2009. Mr. Michael Freeman made a motion to approve the December minutes as amended. Mr. Richard Embury seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.

No report


Cable Video Franchise Updates
No Report

? Comcast: Mr. David Sered briefed the ?Comcast Newsmakers? program was a success and Comcast is looking for non-profits and community programs that want to get their message out to the community.

Mr. Sered offered to set up a tour of the Comcast Call Center for TPAC members and the committee expressed interest.

? Falcon Broadband: Mr. Ben Kley reported that Falcon is still in negotiation with Primetime as the merger has not yet completed.

? Porchlight: Mr. Chris Pratz reported that Porchlight is up to 80 subscribers now due to new home sales. He is not sure if any of their new customers have switched from other cable providers.

New Technologies
Mr. Curlie Matthews reported the upgrade to is on schedule and will go live sometime in April 2009.

TPAC Website
Development is on-going and TPAC will get to view the new web page as it is finalized.


? Legislative Matters Sub-Committee
No report
? Franchise Performance Sub-Committee
No report
? Broadband Infrastructure Task Force
No report

Review, Planning and action status - TPAC support to City IT
No report

? Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:
No report.

? Future Projects:
Mr. Ewell briefed on targeting satellite services as a potential new source of revenue through proposed new taxes on satellite television services was overcome by Federal Law. The TPAC recommended this item be closed as this time.


ADJOURN: There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:58a.m.