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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Advisory Board

Meeting Minutes for January 19, 2005


Members Present:             Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Linda Lord for Gary Nichols, Jeff Mao for Greg Scott, Deb Alford for Greg Desjardin, Gerry Dube, Reginald Palmer


Members Absent:            Scott Thibeau, Lance Bell, Bill Black


1)     The Minutes from November 17, 2004, meeting were approved.


2)     Status of Connections.  Deb Alford provided an updated count of sites: 304 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 517 installed T-1 connections, and 91 installed ATM circuits that serve 141 sites.  These numbers will likely change as Verizon continues to adjust and verify connections.


3)     Status of Internet Service.  Gerry Dube said that the UNET system operating normally and is stable.  A few instances of slowness are due to the filtering process and spyware traffic increasing demand on central caching.  He said that some MSLN traffic is being routed over Internet 2.  Gerry also said that UNET has not received any Federal Erate money for all of last year (03-04 SY).  SLD is late in processing the bills.  He will shortly submit a discounted bill for the first six months of this year.  The circuit upgrade backlog is about 20 sites.


4)     DSL Transport Service.  Deb had no new information regarding the DSL pricing and billing questions and that the five pilots are working well.

Regarding DSL for the ITC territory sites, Reggie Palmer said that VPN connections do not work as well.


5)     Mid-Range Bandwidth RFP.  Linda Lord said only one response came in.


6)     Federal E-Rate Issues.  Edna Comstock said that part of the 2003 amount was received ($1.4M), and that $60K more was coming, but that $600K balance was held up for some reason.  The 2004 application is in review and the 2005 application is being worked.  Edna also said that she was leaving the MSL on 4/30/05!


7)     Contract Extensions for Verizon and UNET.  UNET’s contract extension for 05-06 will include a price decrease to $125 per site per month (from $140).    The Verizon details were not yet final, but would likely also show a substantial decrease for the T-1 connections.

8)     Other.


a)     We had a short discussion regarding pending legislation, to be continued next meeting.


b)     Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at 1:30 PM, in the PUC Conference Room C.