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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for January 24, 2002
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Bill Black, Gary Nichols, Greg Scott, Barry
Crommett, Gerry Dube
Absent: Joanne Steneck,
Scott Thibeau, Barry McCrum, Reginald Palmer
of Minutes from December 12, 2001, meeting, as amended. The meeting agenda was not followed due
to time constraints and a request by the Portland Public Library Executive
Director to make a presentation.
Public Library. Sheldon Kaye,
Executive Director, asked to address the Advisory Board regarding problems
with the T-1 connection to the MSLN.
The Portland Public Library (PPL) connected to the MSLN 10 months
ago, Time Warner having provided the previous connection. Kaye said problems began almost
immediately, especially to the branch libraries that are networked to the
main branch. The Burbank Branch
had the most problems. Service
interruptions and slow connections started in May of 2001. PPL contacted Verizon and UNET for
solutions, but, according to Kaye, neither could provide definitive
corrections. The Circuit Riders
were contacted numerous times.
Kaye vigorously blamed Verizon for lack of response. Kaye, however, did not contact the
Advisory Board earlier, although board member Gary Nichols was aware of
some of the problems. Barry
Crommett, Verizon, agreed to assign one person to solve PPL’s problems and
Kaye agreed to keep the Advisory Board Chair informed.
GOALS. Program review by Kathy
Schulz, whose slide presentation will be posted to the GOALS website (http://www.goalsformaine.org/). She showed the number of training
contacts for teachers and librarians: 2,500 in year one; 4,000 in year
two; and 4,000 in year three.
and Technologically Advanced Grant Program. Linda Lord distributed the ITA grant application, which is
due February 26, 2002.
Academy. Harry Dresser asked
to discuss the possibility of connecting to the MSLN, but not receiving a
direct monetary subsidy. Gould is
concerned with the “strings” attached to the Federal E-Rate application,
especially the potential CIPA filtering requirements. While Gould would pay the full rate for
its ATM connection and the blended rate for internet service from UNET,
Chapter 285 and §7104-B requires qualified sites to apply for the Federal
E-Rate to receive any state discount.
The blended rate for internet service from UNET appears to be a “state
discount.” Dresser will send a
letter to the Advisory Board describing Gould’s needs and how it might
adhere to the requirements in Chapter 285. This concern is likely to continue, if CIPA goes into
effect, for other MSLN sites.
of Internet Service. Gerry
Dube, UNET, reported that RFPs have gone out for expanded bandwidth. He also stated that connections to
Internet II have the potential for serving K-20, libraries and research
labs. Gerry said that he is
continuing to evaluate filtering products. Gerry provided a handout describing how UNET would provide
email to all students using MSLN, as proposed in the current contract for
internet service. Initial MSLN
guidelines and orders prohibited email except to teachers, library staff
and homebound students. The reason
was to limit the amount of such services until impact on the MSLN was
known. Schools and libraries were
free to provide their own email service over the MSLN. According to Gerry, providing
centralized email to all schools and libraries would not increase costs
nor affect the bandwidth needs of the MSLN. The benefits of centralized email service are more efficient
virus scanning and filtering ability.
Gerry will send a letter to the Advisory Board for possible
recommendation to the Commission.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
stated that standard 56 connections have decreased, to 522 (2 applications
pending). T-1 connections are up
to 398 (37 shared sites, 4 pending applications). ATM is unchanged at 54 sites for
"reimbursement" (65 including shared).
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
reported that the new applications were filed last Thursday for:
$3,486,000 for T-1s @ 61% discount; $1,062,000 for internet service @ 63%
discount; and $406,000 for 56kbps connections @ 63% discount. This year’s application is through the
data entry phase and the 471 number has been issued. Still no word on when the funds will
- MLTE. Greg Scott briefly described the pilot
program and provided information on the nine sites chosen (out of 44
applications). There is still much
concern about what the legislature will do.