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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MINUTES

October 19, 2010

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite 701

Colorado Springs, CO

 

Present:   TPAC Members: Mark Ewell, Gerry Geyer, Justin Burns, John Nuwer, David King (via telephone)

Absent: Russ Fertitta, Amber Robinson, Michael Peltier

Staff:  Curlie Matthews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake

Guests: Vice-Mayor Small, Ben Kley -Falcon Broadband, David Sered-Comcast, Dawn Roth- Colorado Springs Utilities, Chris Pratz-Zip Broadband

 

INTRODUCTIONS:

 

CALL TO ORDER

A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:34 a.m.

 

MINUTES

Mr. Mark Ewell made motion to approve the September minutes. Mr. Gerry Geyer seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.

 

ADMINISTRATION

Vice-Mayor Small presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Gerry Geyer for his dedication and personal commitment to the Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee for the past six years. He appreciates the valuable assistance Mr. Geyer has provided as a member of this committee in serving the community.

 

Mr. John Nuwer made motion to elect the three TPAC officer positions (Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary); Mr. Marshall Tuttle seconded the motion. The motion was withdrawn by Mr. John Nuwer with a proposed motion made by Mr. Mark Ewell, seconded by Mr. Gerry Geyer,  to wait until the November meeting to hold elections due to three TPAC members absent from this meeting.

 

Vice-Mayor Small will plan to have Ms. Marti Devine advertise the regular and alternate position vacancies.

 

ON-GOING BUSINESS

 

 

Cable Video Franchise Updates

 

Mr. Gerry Geyer reported that he did receive the Franchise Complaint Quarterly Report from Ms. Kathy Lake. Ms. Lake reported that there was a decrease in Comcast complaints.

 

Mr. David Sered suggested an award for Ms. Conny Oliveira to acknowledge her valuable service in handling Comcast complaint calls through the City and the valuable service she provides to the citizens of Colorado Springs as the main operator for the City switchboard. The TPAC supports this acknowledgement. Mr. Curlie Matthews will process the award.             

                         

        Comcast ? Mr. Sered reported on the annual internal United Way Campaign drive at Comcast and that Comcast will receive the National Philanthropy Day Award and has received the Partners in Philanthropy award after being nominated by Cheyenne Village with support from Pikes Peak United Way and Junior Achievement for its work in the local community.

 

        Falcon Broadband ? Mr. Ben Kley reported on the opening of the Pikes Peak Library District which is a positive impact to the Falcon community. Mr. Curlie Matthews reported that Falcon responded to the RFP and won the bid for internet services for the City. Curlie reported on the major outage of Qwest and Falcon Broadband being a second connection.IT has taken this into consideration for the City?s hot site. Qwest did not respond to a reason for the outage. Qwest will continue to be the primary connection for communications with the City and Falcon being secondary. CSU uses Level 3 Communications.  

 

        Zip Broadband:   Mr. Chris Pratz reported Zip Broadband is trying to expand WiMax. They are focusing east of Colorado Springs and in the Black Forest area where more towers are needed. They are disconnecting service to customers due to non-payment of services which is consistent with Comcast and Falcon Broadband.

 

New Technologies

No report.

 

TPAC Website

No report.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Curlie Matthews reported he has heard no further response on the Google RFI.

 

        Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report.

        Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

Mr. Gerry Geyer will send to TPAC the latest matrix. Mr. Mark Ewell reported the FCC is trying to determine whether to regulate internet services. There is some uncertainty on the status.

 

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

Mr. Curlie Matthews reported there were six replies to the RFI. The information is currently in the Review Committee which includes internal and external members. 

 

IT is presenting to City Council on ?Request for Services? that will be added to Springsgov.com. The request for services provided by the citizens will be routed to the appropriate departments (i.e., pothole requests routed to Streets). This service will have the capability for citizens to use their cell phone/iPhones to take a picture of a pothole and send it in with the request for service. IT is working with Public Communications with this process.

 

Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:

Mr. Mark Ewell reported that Sprint is selling 4G with this having an additional charge of $10/month for service; however, there is no 4G in the area.

 

        Future Projects: 

No report.

 

NEW BUSINESS

None.

  

ADJOURN:  Mr. Gerry Geyer made a motion to adjourn and Mr. Justin Burns seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 a.m.