City of Colorado Springs / Commissions & Committees / Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011



January 18, 2011

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite 701

Colorado Springs, CO


Present: TPAC Members: Justin Burns, Mark Ewell, Russ Fertitta (via tele), Marshall Tuttle, David King, Michael Peltier

Absent: Amber Robinson, John Nuwer

Staff:  Curlie Matthews, Jackie Julaton, Kathy Lake

Guests: David Sered-Comcast, Ben Kley, Falcon Broadband, Dawn Roth, Colorado Springs Utilities





A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:45 a.m.



Mr. Burns made motion to approve December minutes. Mr. King seconded the motion, all were in approval and the motion passed.



No Report





Cable Video Franchise Updates


Comcast ? Mr. Sered indicated that he will provide a status update regarding the deal between Comcast and NBC (Gazette Article 2011-01-18: Comcast wins approval to take over NBC).

He also reported that Comcast launched an app for the iPad allowing subscribers to access their DVR remotely.



Falcon Broadband ? Mr. Kley reported that FB will have a price increase effective February 1 due to increased programming costs. This is the first increase in three years. Ms. Lake requested Mr. Kley provide her with a copy of the pricelist referencing the cost increase.


Zip Broadband - Not present, no report.


New Technologies

No Report


TPAC Website

Mr. Burns questioned why ?Google? was still on the main page of Ms. Lake will follow up with the Website Management Content Manager.



        Legislative Matters Sub-Committee

Mr. Ewell mentioned he will email a report to the TPAC.

        Franchise Performance Sub-Committee

No Report


Review, Planning and action status - TPAC support to City IT


Discussion followed concerning the TPAC Bylaws and the TPAC?s future direction and identity. It was mentioned that a public advisory committee provides advice versus direction, and the committee also provides options and information from their research related to issues discussed.


Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:


TPAC  reviewed the legislation Qwest plans to propose. Discussion followed concerning an article on ?Qwest revisits video franchising with lawmaker? from the Denver (posted 12/9/10) and also an article on ?Qwest pushes for state, not city, oversight of video services? from the Denver (posted 01/16/2011) that Mr. Ewell provided.


Mr. Ewell proposed to invite Qwest to participate in TPAC and provide more information. Mr. Ewell will draft a letter to City Council concerning some of the issues of concern. The letter will be reviewed at the February meeting. Mr. Burns suggested inviting Mr. Abel Chavez to the February meeting.


        Future Projects:  

Mr. Burns noted that the following items will be discussed at the February meeting:

1.      Local Broadband Channels (KKTV)

2.      TPAC Vacant positions (a regular member and an alternate)

3.      Continued discussion regarding Qwest




ADJOURN:  Mr. King made a motion to adjourn and Mr. Ewell seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 a.m.