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

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


                                                                                    TPAC Members

                                                                                    Chair Justin Burns

                                                                                    Vice-Chair Mark Ewell

MINUTES                                                                    Secretary Amber Robinson

June 21, 2011                                                             Russ Fertitta

7:30 a.m.  9:00 a.m.                                                   Marshall Tuttle

City Administration Building,                                   David King

30 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite 701                              Michael Peltier

Colorado Springs, CO                                                Vacant (Regular)

                                                                                    Vacant (Regular)

                                                                                    Vacant (Alternate)


Present: TPAC Members: Justin Burns, Mark Ewell, Amber Robinson, Russ Fertitta, Michael Peltier

Absent: David King

Staff: Kathy Lake, Jesse James, Terri Velasquez

Guest:  Ben Kley Falcon Broadband, David Sered Comcast, Brandy Williams City Council


INTRODUCTIONS: Brandy Williams, City Council member introduced



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



Mr. Russ Fertitta moved to approve May minutes. Mr. Marshall Tuttle seconded the motion, all were in approval and the motion passed.



Change to bylaws

Changes to bylaws were discussed. Mr. Fertitta explained to Ms. Williams the original role and responsibilities of TPAC and summarized past activities. David Sered explained history of Adelphia being bought by Comcast and that as a City franchise, the customer complaints were channeled through the City. During that transition complaints were high and have now lessened. Falcon Broadband is a competitor in the same industry. The group discussed what citizens need from us and that our scope should be larger than telecommunications and cable franchises. Ms.Velasquez suggested the City's IT strategic plan be shared with the TPAC. Ms. Williams suggested TPAC helping with marketing the City to the citizens, via the website and other avenues. Ms. Williams suggested getting TPAC's input on maximizing the user friendliness of the City website. A sub-committee was formed to review the proposed bylaw changes. This sub-committee consists of Justin Burns, Mark Ewell, Michael Peltier and Jesse James.



Agenda and Minutes Kathy Lake requested the format of the agenda and minutes be changed to match the format in which they are posted on the City website.




Cable Video Franchise Updates


Comcast - David Sered reported Amy Lynch is new leader of Comcast


Falcon Broadband - Mr. Ben Kley was present and had nothing new to report


New Technologies

No Report


TPAC Website

Nothing new to report, website is the same.



         Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

       Nothing new to report

Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

Nothing to report


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

TPAC's support to City IT was discussed during the conversation about changes to bylaws.


               Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities: A sub-committee was formed  to evaluate other cities websites and how they disseminate information to their citizens. This committee consists of Justin Burns, Russ Fertitta, and Amber Robinson. Jesse James volunteered to be involved as well.



Ethics Acknowledgement Form - all TPAC members need to sign and return to Kathy Lake.


ADJOURN:  Mr. Peltier made a motion to adjourn and Russ Fertitta seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:49 a.m.