ARLINGTON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMISSION
7:30 PM, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
1st Floor Conference Room Azalea-103
Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Chair: Joe Pelton
Vice Chair: Frank Jazzo
Jenny Shu Ho
Members Not Present: Sal D’Itri
Jack Belcher, CIO
Rob Billingsley, Cable Administrator
Marcy Foster, Director of Human Resources
Jennifer Ives, Arlington Economic Development
Members of the Public:
Hilary Freer (for AIM)
Cheryl Johnson, CTC (County Contractor)
Cable Company Representatives: Linc Janus, Verizon (via Teleconference)
1. Meeting called to order by Joe Pelton, ITAC Chair
7:30 pm; Quorum Present
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting and Agenda:
Minutes of April 25, 2012 meeting, as well as the May 23, 2012 Agenda were approved by general consensus.
4. Administrative Issues:
- Sal D’Itri has been appointed to the ITAC.
- The Chair mentioned the continued effort to have a joint meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission and ITAC members upcoming, that would include a budget presentation concerning ConnectArlington (formerly CNET) similar to the one presented to ITAC by Ajit Arya, Deputy CIO.
- The Chair briefly discussed an interview with the Arlington Weekly News, Miriam Gennari, the County’s development of broadband and the upcoming bond issue referendum in November 2012.
- A discussion about the bond issue and the ITAC’s role regarding information and support for the public about it will be put on the next ITAC meeting’s agenda.
- Member Larry Mayer mentioned that it may be useful to have ITAC Minutes and Agendas published on the ITAC web page. The ITAC website has been updated to reflect the updated meeting schedule, and the ITAC Charge, etc.
5. Update on Telework Program for County Employees:
Marcy Foster, Director of Human Resources for Arlington County showed how the program has developed over recent years. Over the last 18 months, the average number of telework hours worked per month has increased from just under 2,000 to over 3,000 hours per month. The average number of employees teleworking per month has increased during the same time period from just under 150 to over 200 employees per month. A recent employee survey indicated that 90% said the ability to telework makes it more likely they will stay employed with the County. Ms. Foster fielded a number of additional detailed questions from ITAC members.
The Chair asked if there might be an effort, working with management in County Government, to qualify more workers for telework and if the County Board were to establish goals for higher levels of telework could this help increase Telework participation? He asked if there could be a follow up reply to these questions.
6. Presentation on IT and Economic Development (Jennifer Ives)
Jennifer Ives, of the Arlington Economic Development office (AED) discussed recent local events concerning technology in Arlington. Ms. Ives briefly presented some of the various activities of AED. These included:
- Ballston Science & Technology Alliance (BSTA) & Café Scientifique
- Beyond Smart Growth
- Cleantech Open Accelerator Program
- The Democratization of Innovation from the JOBS Act to 3D Printing
- Bisnow Science & Technology Summit
- NSF Global Summit Opening Reception
- Startup Weekend DC
- Day of Foster.ly
Recent development concepts for AED include the convergence of the strengths government-industry-university triangle, as well as a test bed environment for research related to homeland security, science, and technology to attract and keep federal agencies and related companies and institutions in Arlington. AED works with members of this multi-disciplinary community to coordinate the community’s development in these areas.
7. Legislative Updates:
Vice Chair, Frank Jazzo, provided the following information:
- Two new FCC commissioners, Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai, have been sworn in.
- FCC seeks comment on the feasibility of multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) to provide the precise location of 911 callers.
- Verizon Wireless and Comcast announced a new mobile search portal dubbed “viewdini”.
- Cable operators, including Comcast, launched a new initiative to permit their subscribers to access Wi-Fi from cable-provided hot spots even outside their provider’s service area.
- Comcast to permit free phone calling over Wi-Fi with its Xfinity Voice2go feature.
- Comcast to shift from 250 GB monthly usage limit to a usage based pricing model that will provide at least 300 GB of data usage before additional charges are incurred.
- NTIA seeks comment on state and local public safety network grants.
- A federal report indicated that states are lagging in cyber-related preparedness.
- FCC launches competition to identify best ways to increase broadband adoption among low-income Americans.
- FCC announces suspension of certain public safety T-Band applications.
- FCC seeks comment on petition to clarify the extent to which local governments can regulate non-exclusive use areas under OTARD rule.
8. Cable Administrator Report
Verizon Question on Copper DSL removals
As Verizon builds out the FiOS network they may remove the copper-based NID, or the copper drop, or segments to the nearest pole when they install fiber to the ONT. In response to earlier discussions and requests from ITAC, Linc Janus of Verizon’s Contract Compliance division responded via teleconference to explain the policy. Mr. Janus explained that if there are specific situations, then Verizon will address them. But a formal written response is coming from Verizon.
Verizon Buildout – Multi-Dwelling Units
- Prior to the May meeting of the ITAC, the Cable Administrator was able to view Verizon’s data on buildout. Mr. Billingsley reported on three categories of buildout regarding to Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) – 1. Where there are agreements between Verizon and building management, 2. Where management and Verizon are in the midst of developing agreements, and 3. Where there are technical or other conditions where it is not possible to provide access to an MDU. Mr. Billingsley showed the comparison between 2010 and 2012. The greatest and most significant growth is in the number of buildings where Verizon now has agreements to provide service. The second most significant increase in the last two years was in the number of MDU’s contacted by Verizon to supply service. Almost all the MDUs in the County have been contacted. The remainder of buildings not contacted are a result of the lack of general buildout completed to those neighborhoods.
- At the April 2012 meeting, the Chair asked for a report at the May 2012 meeting listing the updated number of County Buildings and Schools connected with free drops. There are currently 14 County Buildings connected, and 10 School buildings connected to FiOS. The Cable Administrator’s Office continues to review for availability of FiOS to buildings. Linc Janus reported that there were now four more County sites that have been validated as available, and requested the County provide a priority list of those sites to be connected.
- The Chair asked for a report of how many sites are just a few feet over the 400 foot maximum from a trunk or feeder.
9. Briefing on ConnectArlington Status and Telecommunications Master Plan
- Jack Belcher reported the County has continued in developing ConnectArlington with the Board approving the construction of the second phase of the basic system. Negotiations for pole attachments for “last mile” connections continue with Verizon and Dominion.
- The County is working successfully with Schools’ staff in detailed coordination of last mile access designs to school buildings.
- The approved Capital Investment Plan recognized the significant needs for technology over the long term, such as the last mile “stages” for ConnectArlington, and the need for a bond referendum to support expenditures.
- The County continues to work on the details for a set of “follow on” focus groups centering more on requirements that will benefit from ConnectArlington, e.g. Education, Public Safety, etc.
10. Goals for 2012 including Orientation and Out Reach Program
- The Chair mentioned that he had circulated a brief description to all the ITAC members of how to accomplish an “IT Futures” initiative to include five reports drawing upon Arlington County, business, Federal government agencies, university studies, Intelligent Communities and public surveys on the following topics: IT Futures and Arlington Education and Health Care IT Futures and Arlington Public Security IT Futures and Arlington Economic Development IT Futures and Arlington Community Involvement and Governance IT Futures and Arlington Transportation, Energy and Sustainability
- The Chair recommended ITAC skip a June meeting and discuss the initiative in more detail at the July 2012 meeting to include: Members of the ITAC preparing brief reports on these subjects. Reports would identify options, opportunities, as well as potential problems. Work with AIM and/or AVN to prepare a video highlighting key elements from the five reports under the title “IT Futures”.
- Member Reeder indicated he would work with the members of ITAC working on this initiative to present a plan of action to move forward in coming months.
11. Adjournment: 9:30 pm