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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for October 16, 2003
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Gary Nichols,
Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Scott Thibeau
Members Absent: Lance Bell, Gerry Dube, Reginald Palmer
Minutes from September 4, 2003, meeting were approved.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that there are 382 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 480
installed T-1 connections, and 85 installed ATM circuits that serve 123
sites. Six additional ATM sites
should be connected by the end of the year. Barry also provided a list of additional DSL offices that
will be installed by the end of 2003.
These additional offices serve approximately 40 schools and
libraries that, if their loops qualified for DSL, could use DSL service in
of Internet Service. Gerry
Dube could not attend the meeting but sent an email that said, in part, “I
can't think of anything specific to report. The major activity since we last met has been in trying to
get all schools to clean up infected machines. Many TCs were busy and this was not a priority. In many cases, infected machines caused
poor performance on some networks.
In the end, we had to provide lists of machines we could identify
as infected and threaten to block them.
There are still some remaining problem machines but for the most
part things are under control.”
The Circuit Riders added that last month was their busiest month because
of the recent virus attacks.
According to the CRs, many of the problem sites were smaller
schools and libraries, especially those with 56kbps connection because of
the time required to download patches and virus updates. A possible solution would be
enterprise/MSLN-wide anti-virus software, similar to the filtering
solution, which may also be erate-able.
Dick Hinkley suggested a “tiered” approach to allow for different
site configurations. The board discussed
a potential work group to look into this, with tentative volunteers of
Gerry Dube, Jeff Letourneau, Dick Hinkley, Scott Thibeau, and the Circuit
E-Rate Status. Gary Nichols
said that the request for review was granted on the 2002 appeal,
finally. The amount should be
almost $4million. The current
application is apparently receiving intense scrutiny by the SLD. Edna Comstock said that the 472 Form
from the previous appeal has been processed for about $26,000. Packets have been distributed to the
schools and libraries including the Form 479, CIPA requirements. There is also a new E-Rate webpage, www.maine.gov/msl/erate/erate.htm.
of New RFP. Linda Lord said
that she had received seven responses after sending out 18 RFP
packets. The responses came from
Verizon, UNET, Prexar, GWI, two from AT&T, and Island Hosting
Group. The review committee will
meet on November 7, 2003. We hope
to have a signed contract by the end of the year, or soon thereafter.
(Innovative and Technologically Advanced). Joanne Steneck said that the PUC Order directed the Board to
have a recommendation by September 12, 2003, but that the uncertainty of
the appeal was a concern. The MLTI
laptop funding may be an eligible ITA expense. The three grant projects from last year will submit final
reports for discussion at the next Board meeting.
Filtering – Edna said that she will be getting three year LOAs and that
connectivity is not affected by the CIPA requirements. Leaving only the Internet access piece
Statements from MTEAF Administrator.
None available for meeting.
MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – December 4, 2003, at 9:30PM, PUC Conf. Room