Skip Maine state header navigation
Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for September 4, 2003
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Gary Nichols,
Kim Quinn for Greg Scott, Gerry Dube, Reginald Palmer, Barry Crommett, Scott
Members Absent: Lance Bell
Minutes from July 24, 2003, meeting were approved.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that there are 387 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 475
installed T-1 connections, and 85 installed ATM circuits that serve 123
sites. We continue to have
slightly different numbers depending on who is counting and how. We reviewed the numbers and will
crosscheck the different lists to find any errors. We aren’t always notified when a site
drops the MSLN connections – Linda said some libraries have dropped off
because of router costs.
of Internet Service. Gerry
Dube said that the UNET system is at about 50% capacity which also means
that the bandwidth hogging “worms” are a lesser concern for his network. There was an infection problem with an
ATM site and Gerry’s own machine was infected. The latest version of the filtering software allows
“tailoring” by each site, greater local control.
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
said that the Form 486 was filed for the 2001 appeal; MSLN should receive
an additional $26,000. The 2002
appeal is moving at a “snail’s” pace.
Over 400 appeals are pending.
No lawyer has been assigned.
No funding commitment on the 2003 application yet. New 479s for CIPA are out and due by
September 30. The new letters of
agency will cover three years and the Circuit Riders will assist with the
forms. Linda Lord also discussed
some of the CIPA issues and questions from libraries: CIPA applies to Internet service, not
transport; how would libraries pay for the Internet service if they
dropped out of MSLN; and billing issues with the service providers.
of New RFP. Linda Lord said
that the RFP has been issued and that Q&As from potential bidders have
been posted. The due date for the
responses was extended to October 3, 2003, at the request of a potential
bidder. The new MSLN RFP has also
been posted on the USAC S&L website.
- MEDMS. Kim Quinn said that MEDMS (Maine
Education Data Management System) provides student and teacher information
from the school information system to the State Department of
Education. She does not think that
a T-1 would be necessary for just the MEDMS use; a 56kbps connection would
be useable. The initial upload of
information may be large, but updates are not. Sites may be able to schedule uploads during off peak
periods. Kim will provide more
information at the next meeting.
Need Alternatives. Barry said
that up to 75 56kbps sites could be served by DSL, but that sites would
have to be reviewed individually to determine if they were
qualified. Half of the sites
probably would not qualify.
Another 10-15 offices will have DSL in a year. DSL is a less costly service –
transport, routers, etc. Reggie
Palmer said he would get the DSL number for independent telephone company
Statements from MTEAF Administrator.
The Chair provided 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
MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – October 16, 2003, at 9:30PM, PUC Conf. Room