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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


                                                                                    TPAC Members

                                                                                    Chair Justin Burns

                                                                                    Vice-Chair Mark Ewell

MINUTES                                                                    Secretary Amber Robinson

July 19, 2011                                                               Russ Fertitta

7:30 a.m.  9:00 a.m.                                                    Marshall Tuttle

City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada            David King

Avenue, Suite 701                                                     Michael Peltier

Colorado Springs, CO                                                Vacant (Regular)

                                                                                    Vacant (Regular)

                                                                                    Vacant (Alternate)


Present: TPAC Members: Justin Burns, Mark Ewell, Amber Robinson, Marshall Tuttle, Russ Fertitta, David King, Michael Peltier

Absent: N/A

Staff: Kathy Lake, Jesse James

Guest:  Dawn Roth Colorado Springs Utilities, Dave Bryan Falcon Broadband, David Sered Comcast, Brandy Williams City Council, Jan Martin City Council


INTRODUCTIONS: Brandy Williams and Jan Martin, City Council members




A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:35 a.m.



Mr. David King moved to approve June minutes, as amended. Mr. Mark Ewell seconded the motion, all were in approval and the motion passed.



Change to bylaws

Mr. Justin Burns introduced ideas of where to take TPAC from here. Ms. Jan Martin asked questions of Comcast and Falcon Broadband about how the complaint process is funneled through the City. Ms. Martin commented Century Link is looking at starting a cable franchise. Ms. Martin suggested an expanded role of TPAC to be a resource for Council to research various technologies.  Ms. Brandy Williams suggested the TPAC be more broad-based in nature and focus on how the City communicates with the citizens. Discussion continued on the expanded  role of TPAC and its desire to have more direction from Council. Mr. Mark Ewell commented that TPAC members have resources to bring on other expertise to provide more value to the committee. A comparison was made to the UPAC whose members are tasked with assignments after every meeting, and present their findings and recommendations. Discussion continued about the feasibility of the time required of TPAC members to produce deliverables. Mr. Jesse James mentioned previous suggestions of TPAC topics such as Fiber to the Home/increased bandwidth, City of Connectivity, e-government, and state legislation.  Mr. Burns gave a slide presentation on possible TPAC assignments and current challenges facing the TPAC if bylaws aren?t changed to expand the role.




Cable Video Franchise Updates




Falcon Broadband


New Technologies


TPAC Website




 Legislative Matters Sub-Committee


Franchise Inrformance Sub-Committee


Review, Planning and action status  TPAC support to City IT


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