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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for January 15, 2003
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Gary Nichols,
Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Gerry Dube, Reginald Palmer, Scott Thibeau, Melinda
of Minutes from November 20, 2002, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that there are 421 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 442
installed T-1 connections (plus unknown number of additional shared
sites), and 78 installed ATM circuits that serve 123 sites. For a total of 986 sites. Four more ATM connections are being
installed with three more by the end of March, totaling 85.
Bill Staszko is filling in for Linda Early (878-4226).
of Internet Service and Filtering.
Gerry Dube discussed upgrades to the UNET system – three OC3s (155
Mbps) are being installed, two to Boston (one direct from Orono) and one
to Portland. This is the biggest
increase in bandwidth and provides over 100 times the bandwidth at the
start of the MSLN. MSLN uses about
half the current bandwidth – about 60Mbps, the University and State use
the other half. Gerry also said
that much of the latency issue is being handled by traffic shaping
software which helps control bandwidth use.
UNET is communicating with the TCs more quickly about network problems,
sometimes reporting on cures before the TCs know there is a problem.
UNET has about completed the application for MSLN and public libraries to
have access to Internet 2, the higher-bandwidth academic network.
Filtering update: It is doing what
it is supposed to do, not all sites are “pleased” with the results. 70% exercise local control, but the
message does not always reach the “edges.”
E-Rate Status. Gary Nichols
said that the next deadline is February 6, 2003. The appeal of the late-filed 2002 application will be filed
shortly. There was a concern that
the previous UNET discounted bills will have to be re-billed for the
remainder and that subsequent bills should be for the full amount.
Grants. Linda Lord provided
annual reports from the three recipients and that all are a little behind
schedule. We may want to have
representatives attend the April or May board meeting.
Linda stated that the Fogler Digital Library project was well publicized
among libraries and schools and may conduct a statewide publicity
campaign. She will obtain usage
statistics for discussion at the next meeting.
The SAD 9 Adult Education program request for waiver to connect to MSLN
was discussed. DOE will review for
Needs Survey. Gary Nichols
said that 273 were sent out with 133 returned. He will provide a detailed report at the next meeting.
Technology Initiative. Tony
Sprague (formerly of the Gov’s office) will take Joanne’s place. Joanne said that Verizon and GWI in ITC
areas would provide the home access.
Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – March 6, 2003, at
9:30PM, PUC Conf. Room C.