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Technology Working Group Minutes: November 20, 2003

Technology Working Group Minutes: November 20, 2003

November 20, 2003
9:00 A.M.


Chair Burtner called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.


Members Present:

Robert PortJohnson LewScott Price
Roger BurtnerNilo NiccolaiNorman Thorn
Helen HallPaul StoverDavid Bailey

Members Absent:

Burnie DunlapRobert MorisonGary Gray
Liz BartlettIan KoskelaTony Anderson


Jennifer Phillips


Chair Burtner asked for a motion to approve the minutes of 10/09/03. Motion to approve was made by David Bailey, seconded by Scott Price. The minutes were unanimously approved.


Michael Parker, CSUF, resigned from the Working Group immediately prior to the meeting on November 6, 2003, which was not an official one because a quorum of members was not attained. Dick Bednar, CSUF, will be taking Michael Parker's place on the Working Group after approval by the City Council.

At the CENIC meeting that Roger Burtner and Norm Thorn attended November 5-6 in Sacramento, Bryan Wassom, Senior Account Director for Alcatel, a major telecom equipment supplier, offered to meet with the Technology Working Group and to have Alcatel perform a feasibility study and preliminary design for an advanced fiber network for Fullerton at no cost. Subsequently, arrangements were made for Bryan, an Alcatel systems engineer, and Jan McClintock, City of Fontana information services manager, to be our guest speakers at the next meeting of the Working Group on December 18, 2003. They will make a major presentation about municipal broadband networks. Their presentation is expected to take about 2.5 hours. Jan McClintock is leading Fontana's effort to create an advanced fiber network that will connect all buildings in that community. Bryan Wassom and Alcatel are working closely with Fontana in the creation of that network. Bryan will present his experience with various telecom business models for municipal and other broadband networks, the systems engineer will speak about design and engineering issues, and Jan will talk about her experience regarding politics, regulations, and dealing with telcos and cablecos.


Meeting Times, Dates and Frequency

Business conflicts have prevented many Working Group members from attending Working Group meetings on a regular basis. Several meetings could not be held because a quorum was not attained. Meeting times, dates and meeting frequency were discussed. It was decided to retain the current time and day of week, but to try an interval of three weeks rather than two weeks between meetings. The increased frequency will give the action teams more time to make greater progress between meetings of the full group. The next meeting will be held December 18, 2003, in the Council Chambers.

A number of Working Group members have not met the attendance requirements established by the City. Jennifer Phillips and Helen Hall will determine who is out of compliance and notify them by mail.

Reports of Institutional Expenditures for Telecom Services

Some members are having difficulty assembling this information. It was decided to delay reports until after our discussion of municipal broadband at the next meeting.

Review of Action Items

Robb Port was asked to lead the action team charged with investigating wireless technology for the transportation center and the downtown. He has already been researching technologies and readily accepted.

The status of current action items is summarized in the attached document.

Report to City Council

Jennifer Phillips will determine the best time to schedule a report to the City Council. It will probably take place at a Council meeting in January.

Review of CENIC Gigabit or Bust Roundtable Meeting, November, 5-6, 2003

Norm Thorn presented a verbal report. A written report is appended to the minutes.


Guest speakers from Alcatel and the City of Fontana.




With no further business, Chair Burtner asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion to adjourn was made by David Bailey, seconded by Robert Port, and unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 10:25 a.m.