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

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee

MINUTES (pending approval)

March 15, 2011
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
City Administration Building
30 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite 701
Colorado Springs, CO

TPAC Members

Justin Burns - Chair
Mark Ewell - Vice Chari
Amber Robinson - Secretary
Russ Fertitta
Marshall Tuttle
David King
Michae Peltier
Vacant (regular)
Vacant (regular)
Vacant (alternate)


Present: TPAC Members: Justin Burns, Mark Ewell, Amber Robinson, Russ Fertitta, David King, Michael Peltier
Absent: Marshall Tuttle
Staff:  Curlie Matthews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake, Jesse James
Guests: David Sered-Comcast, Dawn Roth- Colorado Springs Utilities, Abel Chavez-Qwest, Michael Burnett- Qwest



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



Mr. David Sered asked that February 15 meeting minutes be corrected to reflect the name of their product, "Metro Ethernet" and to strike "partnership with Clearwire and Sprint" from the minutes. Mr. Russ Fertitta made motion to approve amended minutes, Ms. Amber Robinson seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed.



No Report



Cable Video Franchise Updates  - no report

Comcast  - nothing new to report  

Falcon Broadband  - not present, no report

New Technologies  - no Report
TPAC Website  - Mr. Curlie Matthews reported City IT will be adding 1 new Internet staff person.



Legislative Matters Sub-Committee  - no report

Franchise Performance Sub-Committee  - no Report

Review, Planning and action status  - TPAC support to City IT 
Mr. Matthews reported the RFI for outsourcing City?s IT services and support is on hold until new City Council is voted in, at which time it may gain momentum again.

Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities  - no report

Future Projects: 

    1. Mr. Sered will invite a Comcast product expert to a future TPAC meeting to present new product offerings.
    2. TPAC Vacant positions (2 regular member and an alternate)  -  Mr. Burns reminded the TPAC of the need to recruit new members. Ms. Julaton reported that Marti Devine of the Mayor's Office will be advertising these vacancies.
    3. Mr. Burns will contact Public Communications Office to seek approval for the TPAC to have a Facebook and LinkedIn page.


Qwest Franchise Plans 
Mr. Abel Chavez and Mr. Michael Burnett stated there were no Qwest bills formally sponsored yet. They did discuss their intent to rollout their Television offering called "CenturyLink Prism" in Colorado Springs to bring video competition to the local market. Discussion continued, with the TPAC wanting to ensure accountability and customer service. Mr. Ewell pointed out that Comcast pays franchise fees to provide service in the Colorado Springs market and City IT receives any customer complaints and deals with consumer satisfaction.

Mr. Ewell acknowledged Mr. Matthews' upcoming departure from City IT and made motion to commend Mr. Matthews on his service during his time as the City's CIO, given the complexity and quantity of the projects deployed while his department was short-staffed. David King seconded the motion and all were in favor.



Mr. King made a motion to adjourn and Mr. Fertitta seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 a.m.