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Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund
Meeting Minutes for November 20, 2002
Members Present: Phil Lindley, Joanne Steneck, Bill Black, Linda Lord (by
phone) for Gary Nichols, Greg Scott, Barry Crommett, Gerry Dube, Reginald Palmer
Members Absent: Scott Thibeau, Melinda Poore
of Minutes from September 25, 2002, meeting.
of Connections. Barry Crommett
reported that there are 426 installed standard 56 kbps connections, 442
installed T-1 connections (plus unknown number of additional shared
sites), and 73 installed ATM circuits that serve 118 sites. For a total of 986 sites.
of Internet Service and Filtering.
Gerry Dube discussed filtering for the MSLN. He stated that “blocked” pages generate
messages from irate users and can send emails to both the relevant
technical coordinator and to UNET.
There are over 700 accounts on the filter server, allowing TCs to
have local control for most of the sites on the MSLN. UNET continues to encourage local
control. The board discussed the
need for higher level authorities to be aware of the local filtering
control. Email is not filtered
except for viruses and SPAM, and then only if provided by the UNET mail
server. It is each site’s choice
to either use UNET for email or invest in their own machines. The UNET mail server is more secure.
Gerry also discussed the recent “speed” or latency issues. While the traffic on the MSLN has
grown, almost to capacity of the pipes, a problem with peer-to-peer file
sharing eats up bandwidth. UNET
uses “traffic shaping” software that has recently been circumvented. UNET will add bandwidth short term and
then install upgrades to the shaping software. Two DS-3s (45Mbps) are currently dedicated to MSLN. The bandwidth capacity will be doubled
in the next few months. The
Internet II connections
will also be increased.
E-Rate Status. Edna Comstock
reported that the appeal is being processed (about $22K). Verizon was paid by MTEAF for 12
months, but only received 10 months of E-Rate funds, more to come. The Year 6 process has started, the
Circuit Riders will assist with the notification for the LOAs. Edna also said that results of the
rulemaking would be out shortly, probably only for the “easy stuff.”
Grants. Linda Lord said that
letters have been sent to the recipients regarding the annual report
requirements – Madison and Guilford are in process. Linda also said that the Gates
Foundation awarded $57K for library training. There will be Circuit Rider support and a coordinator will
Needs Survey. Gary Nichols
will update the Board at the next meeting.
Technology Initiative. Joanne
Steneck said that approximately 20,000 machines have been
distributed. Only thirty have been
broken, five by teachers. EDS made
a large donation of software to the MLTI project.
T-1 Bandwidth increase for single building sites. Gerry Dube is not aware of any sites that
may need another T-1. Any requests for
expansion should be handled on a case-by-case basis.
An MSLN connection used only for web space or as a
backup was discussed. The consensus was
that if the connection is used for web space or email service it should be left
in place, but that if there was no usage of the MSLN facilities, then it should
be disconnected. This may need further
discussion. Some libraries have moved
to cable connections because of franchise agreements with their cable TV
company and maybe because of the cost of a T-1 router.
Next MSLN Advisory Board Meeting – January 15, 2003, at
9:30PM, PUC Conf. Room C.