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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for June 26, 2002
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Wayne Jortner for Bill
Black, Linda Lord for Gary Nichols, Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Gerry Dube,
Members Absent: Scott Thibeau, Barry McCrum
of Minutes from May 15, 2002, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that standard 56 connections decreased to 490. T-1 connections are up to 433 and ATM
is the same at 66 (including shared sites). Barry also reported five T-1s had been installed recently
with another forty or so to be installed in July and August. Twenty-four of the T-1 upgrades are for
middle schools. Sanford High
School added four T-1s because of the size of the schools and lack of LAN
bandwidth to access the ATM connection.
We discussed the Cable Company involvement in providing the LAN.
The Board discussed the need for “guidelines” regarding bandwidth
increases and the use of LAN/WAN technology to interconnect school
campuses. Cooperating local
entities such as Cable Cos, Telephone Cos, or other private companies
could provide such interconnections.
Access to MSLN could be by alternative technologies such as DSL,
Cable, or fractional T-1. The
schools would likely have less cost in the long run and the impact on the
MSLN would be less if fewer broadband connections (T-1 and ATM) were
used. Barry and Gerry volunteered
to draft the guidelines.
of Internet Service and Filtering.
Gerry Dube reported that the review of two filtering products,
Xstop and Netsweeper, shows that neither is suitable for MSLN at this
time. Problems include lack of
database maturity (results in over filtering) and difficult installation. N2H2 (current filtering vendor) has a
new product that appears to work well in “our environment.” UNET is working closely with N2H2 to
completely evaluate the product, which currently does not have full
decentralized control – a major UNET requirement of any filtering product
is effective distributed management, i.e. local control with no affect on
bandwidth. While Gerry does not
expect to pay for now, pricing estimates are $3 per machine per year, for
50 to 70 thousand machines, approximately $150,000 per year. Starting July 1, UNET will filter all
schools and no libraries. The
evaluation, including the decentralized control piece should be completed
by August. UNET will inform
Technical Coordinators of the filtering method.
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
reported that she would appeal the disputed amount of the Year 4 award,
$27,000 for 41 libraries. The
dispute involves the urban/rural designation. Edna also explained the reimbursement process for Verizon,
who submitted full bills and UNET, who submitted discounted bills.
Technology Initiative. Joanne
Steneck said that funding for the initiative was secure for this biennium,
but succeeding years would be on a year-by-year basis. Gerry reported that Apple would be meeting
with UNET to discuss networking regarding the laptops.
Linda Lord discussed some of the recent library
databases improvements and will report on the Fogler Library Digital Library
project next meeting.
Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – August 14, 2002,
9:30AM, PUC Conf. Room C.