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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for February 27, 2002
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Gary Nichols,
Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Gerry Dube, Scott Thibeau, Reginald Palmer
Members Absent: Barry McCrum
of Minutes from January 24, 2002, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that standard 56 connections have decreased, to 507 (2
applications pending). T-1
connections are up to 415 (9 pending applications). ATM is unchanged at 54 sites for
"reimbursement" (65 including shared). Barry also said that when sites are converted to ATM,
connections for any shared sites are disconnected.
of Internet Service. Gerry
Dube, UNET, reported that there are no known problems currently with the
network, although the recent mini-ice storm caused some circuit and power
outages that affected MSLN. While
the internet connections have grown, resulting in less “headroom”, Gerry
said that they were upgrading circuits.
RFPs have gone out for a second OC3 circuit (155.52 Mbps). He also stated that connections to
Internet II have the potential for serving the MSLN sites’ connections to
other Internet II sites which would decrease the load on the Internet I
MSLN circuits. The cost impact to
MSLN would be negligible prior to 6/30/03. Gerry said that he is continuing to evaluate filtering
products and has two good candidates.
One of the main goals of a filtering product is effective
distributed management, i.e. local control. Pricing will be by ranges of numbers of machines (MSLN =
65,000 machines, before laptops).
Gerry also commented on the need for more IP addresses and the
extensive documentation required.
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
reported that she had received a letter regarding the year four consortium
application. It will probably be
funded after the last wave. She
has to complete a validation process recently sent by SLD. Still no word on when the funds will
come through. We also discussed
the reimbursement process for UNET and ATM connections.
- MLTE. Joanne Steneck said that we are still
waiting for the legislature to make final decisions and that there are
nine demonstration schools.
and Technologically Advanced Grant Program. Linda Lord reported, by email, that the seven finalists:
UNET; Bangor Public Library; the Maine State Library; SAD 39 - Buckfield;
SAD 59 - Madison; SAD 4 - Guilford; and the Penobscot River Educational
Partnership, a Professional Development Network (Orono area) have each
submitted a final Innovative and Technologically Advanced grant
application. The same team will
review the final applications and report back to the board at the next
LD 1471, a bill that funds (for two years @ $500,000/ year)
a “digital library” at the University of Maine and adds the term “content” to
the MTEAF statute – Gary Nichols said that the final bill was waiting on the
Board Membership – Short discussion about the makeup of
the advisory board. Scott Thibeau is
not currently a member of an ISP. The
rule seems to be clear, but for now the consensus was to ask Scott to remain on
Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – April 10, 2002,
1:30PM, Conf. Room C.