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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Advisory Board

Meeting Minutes for April 27, 2004

 

Members Present:             Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Linda Lord for Gary Nichols, Steve Vose for Greg Scott, Greg Desjardin, Jeff Letourneau for Gerry Dube, Melinda Poore for Lance Bell, Bill Black, Reginald Palmer

 

Members Absent:            Scott Thibeau

 

1)     The Minutes from March 25, 2004, meeting were approved.

 

2)     Status of Connections.  Greg Desjardin reported that there are 353 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 506 installed T-1 connections, and 89 installed ATM circuits that serve 128 sites.  There are still two pending ATM sites (video room/equipment not ready).  Greg discussed the use of DSL service for sites needing upgrades from 56kbps.  He said that there are minor “back office” issues, but that a few pilot sites should be connected in three or four weeks.  Pricing will be determined later, but depends on bandwidth and whether an existing phone line is available.  The cost of the site equipment is somewhat less than what is needed for T-1 connections.  Reggie said that he would check the availability of DSL for MSLN sites in ITC territory and the technical issues of getting the traffic to UNET.
 

3)     Status of Internet Service.  Jeff Letourneau (for Gerry) said that a few libraries have requested to “leave” MSLN due to Federal CIPA requirements.  He is referring them to MSL for more information.  Under current PUC requirements, the library would have to pay the Federal E-Rate share of the ISP service ($84/month) to remain connected to MSLN and receive Circuit Rider assistance.  Jeff provided information on the upcoming “Megaconference” to be held May 6, 2004.  The Baxter School for the Deaf will be a participant in the worldwide conference.  Jeff also discussed security issues, outages and “BGP Flapping” (?).

 

4)     Federal E-Rate Status.  Edna Comstock discussed the recent E-Rate award, $3.2 million.  Still waiting on the appeals
The E-Rate webpage, www.maine.gov/msl/erate/erate.htm.

 

5)     Status of Library Wireless Hub Project.  Linda Lord provided an interim report that gives details of the project.  Two pilot sites have been installed: Rumford and Southwest Harbor.  There will be 46 participating libraries, benefiting students with laptops and vacationers.  The project is called “Walk-In Wireless,” at http://www.maine.gov/msl/infotech/wireless/walkinwireless.htm.

 

6)     USAC Chair Visit.  Joanne Steneck discussed the visit by the new Chair of USAC, Lisa Zaina, and May 26, 2004. 

 

 

·        Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at 9:30AM,
PUC Conf. Room C.