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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


November 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, Amber Robinson, Justin Burns, Michael Peltier, John Nuwer (via telephone)

Absent: Marshall Tuttle, David King

Staff:  Curlie Matthews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake

Guests: Ben Kley -Falcon Broadband, David Sered-Comcast (via telephone), Bonnie Moeder- Colorado Springs Utilities





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



Mr. Mark Ewell made motion to approve October minutes withstanding a change to note John Nuwer withdrawing motion to re-elect the three TPAC officer positions. Justin seconded the motion, all were in approval and the motion passed.



TPAC Elections

Justin Burns was nominated for Chair position, Mark Ewell for Vice Chair, and Amber Robinson for Secretary. All were in favor of proposed nominations.





Cable Video Franchise Updates


        Comcast ? Mr. David Sered reported Comcast launched an app for the iPad allowing subscribers to download movies and manage their DVR.       


        Falcon Broadband ? Mr. Ben Kley commented on Banning Lewis Ranch?s Chapter 11 bankruptcy and stated that Falcon Broadband should feel no effects from this because their agreement to provide service is with the Metropolitan District, not the developer.


        Zip Broadband - Not present, no report.


New Technologies

No report.


TPAC Website

No report.



        Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

No report.

        Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

Mr. Ewell will now take over Mr. Gerry Geyer?s responsibilities for providing the TPAC with Comcast?s quarterly reports.


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

Mr. Curlie Matthews reported the replies to the RFI are with management who will take it to Council to form a committee for reviewing purposes.


Mr. Matthews reported the City is looking at IBM?s Smarter Cities Challenge. Ms. Moeder reported Colorado Springs Utilities is considering partnering with City IT for this grant program.


Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:

        Future Projects:  

No report.



Mr. Michael Peltier reported on a possible data center project in a joint effort with CSU. Mr. Burns identified the location as the Vineyard Commerce Park.


ADJOURN:  Mr. Fertitta made a motion to adjourn and Mr. Ewell seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 a.m.