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Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for June 12, 2003
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Linda Lord for
Gary Nichols, Dick Hinkley for Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Gerry Dube, Scott
Thibeau, Lisa Simonds for Melinda Poore, Reginald Palmer
of Minutes from April 17, 2003, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that there are 400 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 461
installed T-1 connections, and 83 installed ATM circuits that serve 140
sites (1001 total sites). Two more
ATM connections are to be installed (Vinalhaven and Winthrop), totaling
85. We discussed the Grand Isle
Library request for MSLN connection.
It is not an “official” library and is open very few hours a week
and is not eligible for a connection.
of Internet Service and Filtering.
Gerry Dube said that the Internet service is “running quite
well.” MSLN peaks at 100Mbps. Regarding filtering, more control is
exercised by local sites and the period for changes to take effect has
been shortened with new software versions. Most issues with the filtering vendor have been solved and
UNET will continue with this vendor, same fee. He also commented on SPAM control, UNET “tags” suspect mail
for disposal by the receiver.
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
said that the CIPA court case is yet to be decided and that schools have
to “certify” compliance every year.
Regarding the appeals, we are waiting for the commitment letter for
the earlier, smaller appeal, Edna will follow up; nothing new on the Year
2002 appeal, she with check the status and contact congressional
delegation members. Year 2004 470s
will be out shortly. Edna will
attend E-Rate training in September. The technology plan will be revised. In addition, 3 year LOAs will be
proposed. Linda Lord added that
the Rockland Vocational School will return to MSLN; they need to apply for
E-Rate first and will be eligible July 2004.
of AEV Connections. The
request by SAD 23 for an ATM/T-3 connection to replace the T-1 was
generally approved with the need for more details and information about
its E-Rate application. The
request by SAD 71 for funding another T-1 connection was not
approved. We need to know the
status of their E-Rate application and need for more bandwidth. The existing T-1 may be enough for
now. [An inquiry after the meeting
confirmed that they had not applied for E-Rate.]
of New RFPs. Verizon and UNET
left the room while we discussed a draft RFP to begin July 2004. Copies were distributed (also
electronically after the meeting).
Comments and suggestions are to be returned to Linda Lord.
Statements from MTEAF Administrator.
We need to have reconciled statements for the end of the school
year and a projection of cash flows, given the concerns with late or
potentially non-existent E-Rate funds.
Need Alternatives – Sites with near loaded 56s may not need a full
T-1. We discussed other alternatives
such as DSL, cable, and fixed wireless.
Barry will look at the list of 56 kbps sites and compare to where
Verizon DSL is available. Edna
will look into E-Rate implications of using DSL for the current E-Rate
year; new applications could list DSL as an alternative. DSL could be used for upgrading 56
sites and possibly as a less expensive to lightly used T-1 sites.
MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – July 24, 2003, at 1:30PM, PUC Conf. Room C.