Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for March 6, 2003
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Gary Nichols,
Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Gerry Dube, Scott Thibeau, Lisa Simonds for Melinda
Members Absent: Reginald Palmer
of Minutes from January 15, 2003, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that there are 422 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 447
installed T-1 connections (plus unknown number of additional shared
sites), and 83 installed ATM circuits that serve 123 sites (992 total
sites). Two more ATM connections
are to be installed (Vinalhaven and Winthrop), totaling 85. The Cushing Community School 56kbps
connection will be upgraded to T-1 at their request because of the new
school building and increased computers.
of Internet Service and Filtering.
UNET is increasing bandwidth to access the Internet and to improve
redundancy as well – there will be two OC-3 “pipes” to Boston. The latency issue continues to be a
concern with sporadic problems.
The Internet filtering requirements add to the problem. The P2P issue is being handled by
traffic shaping software, which helps control bandwidth use. Problems reported at ATM sites are
being tested and monitored. UNET
will continue to work with the sites as some of the problem could be
internal (firewalls, wiring, etc.).
3A. Presentation/request by Jim Chasse, Director of Technology,
Jim Chasse would like to increase
the bandwidth at the Carmel elementary school from T-1 to T-3. His other three schools will continue with
T-1s. His plan is to use the MSLN
connections to "connect" the three back to Carmel and provide a
variety of video, data storage, curriculum tools, email, and file server
capabilities. He has grant funding of
about $180,000. The Board discussed
providing the Alternative Equivalent Value (AEV) of the T-1 ($217 per month),
which Jim could then apply toward the purchase of a T-3 under Verizon’s ATM
contract available to schools. A draft
recommendation will be circulated to the board.
E-Rate Status. No news on the
2002 application. Gary Nichols and
Linda Lord will be in Washington DC to discuss the appeal with the Maine
delegation. The Year 2003 application
“passed.” Ninety-five percent was
done electronically. It will
probably be late May before we know about the award.
DOE will start on the new RFPs for the transport and ISP contracts
Grants. Linda will invite
Madison and Guilford to the next MTEAF meeting to discuss their
projects. The Maine State Library
project is on hold.
Needs Survey. Gary briefly
discussed the survey results, which show what public libraries are doing
MTEAF financial reports were distributed.
DOE will contact delinquent ATM site for their
Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – April 17, 2003, at
9:30PM, PUC Conf. Room C.