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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for April 10, 2002
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Linda Lord (for
Gary Nichols), Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Jeff Letourneau (for Gerry Dube),
Members Absent: Barry McCrum, Reginald Palmer
of Minutes from February 27, 2002, meeting.
Riders – Update of Activities.
George Lyons and Janet Harmon provided a report regarding the
Circuit Riders’ activities since July 2001. The CRs provide technical support for all the MSLN sites,
with more of the onsite visits going to libraries. The report shows that there continues
to be a need for personal technical support for the MSLN sites and that
the need not only evolves as the technology changes but because of
personnel changes, especially at small libraries, require ongoing
attention from the CRs at this time.
The MLTE program is not expected to affect the CR workload.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that standard 56 connections are the same as the last report at
507. T-1 connections are up to
424. ATM is up to 66 (including
shared sites). Barry also reported
on the connection problems at the Portland Public Library and that most of
the problems have been identified and cured. He stated that the problem of the CIR “cap” for the PPL may
have contributed, but that it was immediately changed to the standard
network management setting for T-1s, which allows the PPL to “burst” to
the full bandwidth available.
of Internet Service. Jeff
Letourneau, UNET, reported that they are continuing to evaluate filtering
products. One of the main goals of
a filtering product is effective distributed management, i.e. local
control. Pricing estimates are
$2-3 per machine per year, for 50 to 70 thousand machines. The Board agreed that UNET should
operate under the assumption that CIPA will go into effect and that the
MTEAF would pay for the filtering for all schools and libraries, at least
for 2002-2003. UNET will be able
to implement some filtering for libraries by this summer. Jeff also reported that all outgoing
MSLN email is now scanned from viruses.
E-Rate Status. Linda Lord and
Edna Comstock reported that of the 1,025 sites in the consortium, 13 still
have minor problems. Linda said
that she expected a funding commitment would be made Friday, 4/12. Information received after the meeting
indicated that the application had received “almost final” approval.
and Technologically Advanced Grant Program. Linda Lord and the ITA grant committee recommended the top
three grant proposals be approved and funded by the MTEAF. The three proposals are: MSAD #4,
$300,000; MSAD #59, $81,858; Maine State Library, $120,000. The total requested and approved by the
Board is $501,858, slightly more than originally proposed and above the
amount allotted to the ITA program.
The ITA grant committee recommended to the Board, who agreed, that
$500,000 would be funded this year.
Subsequent programs will have to reflect the actual 25% share of
the MTEAF assessment. The
Board recommended that the
Commission consider funding the three proposals at its next deliberative
session, April 25, 2002.
Annual Order. The Board will
recommend to the Commission that the MSLN continue essentially unchanged
(for July 2002 - June 2003), to include:
Recommend the ITA grants be funded.
The funding for payment of $100 to libraries (replacing
the $12 phone lines) will not be continued, the Board agreed that it was a
Filtering will be funded, at least for one year.
Replacing defective FRADs with routers will continue to
be funded one more year.
Email for students will be allowed, proposed by UNET in
Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – May 15, 2002, 9:30AM,
Conf. Room C. Note time – morning