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Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for April 17, 2003
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Gary Nichols,
Kim Quinn for Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Jeff Letourneau for Gerry Dube, Scott
Members Absent: Reginald Palmer, Melinda Poore
of Minutes from March 6, 2003, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that there are 411 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 451
installed T-1 connections, and 83 installed ATM circuits that serve 140
sites (1002 total sites). Two more
ATM connections are to be installed (Vinalhaven and Winthrop), totaling
85. Verizon increased its billed rate
for ATM to $2,085 per month to cover the MTEAF surcharge.
of Internet Service and Filtering.
Jeff Letourneau said that there have been few complaints
lately. South Portland School
District is on MSLN using its ATM connection – internal software problems
have been solved. The new links to
the Internet are at about 50% utilization. Content filtering is running well and a new version of the
software should allow “real-time” changes in blocking modifications
instead of waiting until after 4PM.
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
said that we were successful with the earlier appeal of Year 4 (01-02)
(rural/urban classifications) which should result in an additional
$26K. There is no change in the
status of the Year 2002 appeal; probably will not be addressed until after
the FCC E-Rate rulemaking order is issued. The first waves for funding year 2003 should be out by the
end of April. She still has an
issue with lack of LOAs from some sites.
Grants. Madison (SAD 59) and
Guilford (SAD 4) provided summaries of their ITA grant projects. Madison described its WAN and portable
computer lab (25 laptops).
Schools, the library, health center, and town office are networked
together. TDS (telephone company)
designed the network; Madison Electric and KVTC installed wires and
equipment. The grant paid for
wiring, routers, training (Cyber Seniors) and a cart for portable
lab. Guilford’s grant helped
provide 300 laptops, and wireless access hubs, for the high school which
means that they have 1:1 computer access for grades 6-12. Two public libraries also have wireless
access hubs and laptops. The State
Library has not installed is grant project yet.
of Annual Recommendations.
A. Services to be funded: 56kbps, T-1, ATM (plus shared),
Internet access, routers to replace FRADs, and content filtering.
B. Funding/assessment to remain at
C. Innovative and Technologically
Advanced (ITA). ATM funding should
continue to be considered ITA and the funding support for MLTI could also
meet the statutory requirement.
Any consideration of ITA grants should be deferred until September
2003, pending the FCC appeal of the Year 2002 E-Rate application.
D. The Circuit Riders should
continue to be funded, at a slight increase.
E. Program Changes. Schools with the AEV of the MSLN
connection (T-1 or 56kbps) that request higher bandwidth may be partially
funded from the MTEAF based on individual requests and E-Rate
MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – June 12, 2003, at 9:30PM, PUC Conf. Room C.