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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Advisory Board

Meeting Minutes for July 20, 2004


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


Members Absent:            Scott Thibeau


1)     The Minutes from June 8, 2004, meeting were approved.


2)     Status of Connections.  Greg Desjardin provided a revised list of connections showing that there are 335 installed standard 56 kbps connections (about 1/3 with routers and 2/3 with FRADs), 507 installed T-1 connections, and 90 installed ATM circuits that serve 141 sites.  There is one pending ATM site, Hampden Academy, which needs facilities built out to the meet-point with TDS.  The board also discussed sites with non-MSLN connections.  Edna and Linda would check their lists and Lance will check the Time-Warner connections to schools and libraries. 

3)     Status of Internet Service.  Jeff Letourneau said that while there have been a few outages with the backbone providers, but there has been little impact on MSLN.  He said that the wireless connectivity project for the UM campuses and centers is about complete with the exception of the Orono campus.


4)     DSL Transport Service.  UNET is working with Verizon to establish a DSL ordering process using an online “tool.”  There will be at least two pilot sites, libraries that are part of the Wireless Walk In project (Hubbard, Dover-Foxcroft).  These sites should be connected to DSL service in a couple of weeks.  Verizon will not have to dispatch an installer to complete the connection or disconnect the Frame Relay circuit.  Jeff did raise the concern about where the incoming telephone/DSL line may enter the buildings.  If the entry is not in the same area as the site’s routers, there may be a need for some internal wiring, either telephone cable or CAT5 wire.  The Circuit Riders may know the location of the wire entrances and are able to do limited wire routing.  Verizon said that the contract pricing for a standard DSL circuit (1.5mbps/384kbps) would be approximately $58.95 (circuit and PVC, w/o 1FB line).  Reggie Palmer said that the ITCs would be able to provide similar DSL service in non-Verizon territory.


5)     Federal E-Rate Status.  Edna Comstock said that we are waiting for the 2003 check, review of the 2002 application is about done, and the 2004 application is in initial review.

6)     Status of Library Wireless Hub Project.  Linda Lord said that 46 libraries are done with 13 new locations by September.  Linda said that she would provide budget information at the next board meeting.  (


7)     Libraries Not Filtering.  Linda said that 53 libraries would stay on the MSLN and pay the $25 per month fee to the state library for reimbursement to the MTEAF.  Billing will be done once per year ($300).


8)     Discussion of Sites Keeping MSLN Connection for Backup.  The board discussed this issue and agreed to continue to look for ways to minimize costs by eliminating unnecessary connections.  There are many sites with dual connections that keep their MSLN link for a variety of reasons – backup, email, web space, or access to the Circuit Riders.


9)     Other.


a)     Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – Friday, August 27, 2004, at 9:30AM,
PUC Conf. Room C.