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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for July 24, 2003
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Linda Lord for
Gary Nichols, Kim Quinn for Greg Scott, Gerry Dube, Reginald Palmer
Members Absent: Barry Crommett, Scott Thibeau, Melinda Poore
of Minutes from June 12, 2003, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
was not able to attend, but he sent his information electronically. There are 400 installed standard 56
kbps connections, 461 installed T-1 connections, and 84 installed ATM
circuits that serve 123 sites. One
more ATM connections to be installed (Vinalhaven), totaling 85. Kim said that six more sites would
connect to the ATM system (Mattanawcook JR/SR HS, Forest Hills HS Jackman,
Wiscasset HS, N. Penobscot Tech Region III, Mt Desert HS, Hampden
Academy). Barry also provided a
list of sites that have 56kbps connections served from central offices
with DSL capability (75). While
some of those sites may not qualify for DSL (line condition, distance from
office), it may be helpful to pick one for a trial. The per-month rate and equipment
requirements are considerably less than T-1.
of Internet Service and Filtering.
Gerry Dube said that the Internet service is “in marvelous
shape.” There is better redundancy
and isolation with plenty of bandwidth.
The latest release of the filtering software provides more local
control and has performance improvements.
He will examine the largest middle schools for bandwidth usage and
report to the Board.
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
said that there is no news on the 2002 award appeal and that the small one
affecting the 2001 award was granted, but has not received a funding
commitment yet. She said that Rep.
Allen’s office has been helpful.
The CIPA decision requires revised 479s for 2003 that attest to a
site’s preparing for compliance with CIPA by July 2004.
of New RFP. Linda sent the
draft to State Purchasing for approval on 7/22. She also reported on the likelihood of a $118,000 Gates
grant to assist libraries.
of CIPA Decision. The was much
discussion about what alternatives would be available to libraries who do
not want to filter – paying the E-Rate portion, alternative connections, changing
the state statute. The Board will
discuss this at the next meeting after reviewing further directions from
Need Alternatives. Barry will
follow up and Edna said that DSL would not be eligible for funding under
the 2003 E-Rate application, but could be added to the application with
the new RFP for next year.
hosting service. UNET will check
to see how many sites are only using MSLN for web space, email, and/or
Statements from MTEAF Administrator.
None available due to vacation.
The Chair will provide the Board with a spreadsheet of all bills
paid for the 02-03 school year as well as end of year reports from the
fund administrator at the next meeting.
MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – September 4, 2003, at 9:30PM, PUC Conf.