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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Advisory Board

Meeting Minutes for August 27, 2004


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


Members Absent:            Scott Thibeau


1)     The Minutes from July 20, 2004, meeting were approved.


2)     Status of Connections.  Greg Desjardin said 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.  The outside plant work for HA should be completed by 8/31.  The Jay HS ATM circuit move will be complete by 9/10, with a temporary installation of multiple T-1s until October.  Greg will continue to work on the billing adjustments to reflect closed schools, changed locations, shared sites, and will provide some form of credit on the bill.

3)     Status of Internet Service.  Jeff Letourneau provided a spreadsheet showing 104 secondary sites sharing another circuit, mostly ATMs, but a few T-1s.  Jeff will work with Edna in combining a site list with SLD numbers, which should help with identification for E-Rate.  Jeff also discussed “smart hosting” of email for those sites that have their own email servers, which would provide virus checking and SPAM tagging.  About 100 schools have email servers.  He will attend the ACTIM meeting to provide information to the sites.


4)     DSL Transport Service.  Greg said that there continues to be ordering problems with the DSL to the two pilot sites.  Once the pilot sites are up and running satisfactorily Jeff will begin to phase in new DSL sites as requests for upgrades come in.


5)     Federal E-Rate Status.  Edna Comstock said that we are still waiting for the 2003 check because there are problems with Verizon billing information.  The 2004 application is with “Program Integrity Assurance” at the SLD.  The 2005 application has begun the review process.  Commitments (including 2002) have been held up because the FCC is changing accounting systems.

6)     Status of Library Wireless Hub Project.  Linda Lord said that 58 libraries are hooked up.  Gates funds are being used for training.


7)     Discussion of Sites Keeping MSLN Connection for Backup.  The availability of DSL could affect the need for sites to keep dual connections.



8)     Other.


a)     Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – Thursday, October 7, 2004, at 9:30AM,
PUC Conf. Room C.