ARLINGTON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMISSION
7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 24, 2012
1st Floor Conference Room Azalea-103
Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Jenny Shu Ho
Members Not Present:
Rob Billingsley, Cable Administrator
Members of the Public:
Cable Company Representatives:
Marie Schuler, Comcast
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 August , 2012 meeting as well as the September 2012 Agenda were approved by general consensus.
4. Administrative Issues:
• Regarding the PLACE initiative (Public Leadership and Community Engagement), there is a meeting coming up on November 8, 2012 and the Chair posed the question to the Commission, asking if anyone would be attending. Member Mayer and the Chair will be attending.
• The Chair is still hopeful that a joint commission between the ITAC and one representing the interests of Arlington Public Schools could be re-established.
• While the ITAC is at full membership, there are several candidates who have indicated interest for any appointments pending.
• Regarding the schedule of ITAC meetings, the monthly meetings will occur on the third Wednesdays of November and December due to holiday conflicts on the fourth Wednesdays of those months at a different location in the same building, Rm. 311 on the third floor. The schedule for the first meeting in 2013 will be 23rd of January.
• The Minutes and Agendas of the ITAC are now up to date on the ITAC webpages on the ArlingtonVA.us Website, as well as the annual calendar of meetings. Members inquired if the latest e-Government Plan was up on the website.
• The Energy Plan is moving along toward adoption by the Board. The plan has goals and objectives in use of “smart technology” for County, but could use other goals regarding matters such as “tele-education,” and telework. The plan will be reviewed periodically, every four to five years.
5. Legislative Updates:
Vice Chair, Frank Jazzo, provided the following information:
• FCC has approved rules for Cable Companies to encrypt their signal to the Basic Tier of service. Up until recently had to submit waivers to obtain permission for encryption of this tier.
• The FCC released its incentive auction Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), wherein its seeks comment on proposals for TV broadcasters to give up spectrum and share in proceeds of a forward auction among presumably wireless broadband providers for the spectrum. Proceeds from the auction will also be used to fund FirstNet.
• The FCC has adopted rules to protect emergency service providers from unwanted robo-calls. PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points) will enter a “Do Not Call” status with up to $100,000 in fines for violation.
• The FCC unveiled “Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0”, a free and easy-to-use online resource for any small business owner who wants to better protect their business from cybersecurity attacks.
• FCC hosted a Cyber Security Awareness Expo at their location for social media, secure mobile devices, etc. October 17, 2012.
• The FCC voted to approve an order to terminate its program access exclusivity ban, which for 20 years has required cable companies to make most of their affiliated programming available to cable’s pay-TV rivals, such as DBS and telco TV providers. There will still be a presumption against cable withholding affiliated regional sports networks.
6. New Outreach Initiative for Oct. 2-5, 2012 (Mr. Billingsley)
• As mentioned in previous meetings, there was a new set of two hour focus groups occurring on October 2-4, 2012 to discuss Arlington’s broadband future with “thought leaders” from within the County as well as others who have leadership roles in community broadband issues.
• A summary meeting inviting previous focus group attendees will be held at 10 am in the Central Library in Arlington in the Auditorium on October 25, 2012 to review major findings and seek any additional input.
• The Chair asked who would be able to attend the summary meeting. The group agreed on Larry Mayer and Mary Crannell attending. A PowerPoint file summarizing the results will be sent to ITAC.
7. Cable Administrator’s Report (Mr. Billingsley)
• The County continues to work with Comcast on the renewal of the Comcast franchise agreement. There is some progress but is largely exploratory.
• The Cable Administrator will provide quarterly report at the November 2012 rather than the current monthly reports.
8. Briefing on ConnectArlington Status and Telecommunications Master Plan
• The Cable Administrator mentioned that the contract for constructing “last mile connections” for Stage I sites, was presented to the County Board at its October meeting and it was approved. Stage I of ConnectArlington that will connect fiber cabling to 18 school buildings, and 32 County buildings – for a total of 50 buildings. Work should be completed within a year.
• If the upcoming bond referendum for technology is approved, it will be used to fund Stage I. The electronics within the School Buildings will not be funded by that bond.
• Discussions with the Federal representatives who funded the first two phases.
9. New Arlington IT Systems Initiative and Draft White Paper on IT & Economic Development
• Member Frank Reeder and the Chair will discuss the draft white papers on IT Security and Economic Development in terms of content and process for publishing the papers.
• The Chair has also discussed his concerns about Verizon’s lack of local representation in the County and at the ITAC meetings, as well as lack of communications on several issues. He also discussed a draft ITAC resolution concerning the issues with Jay Fisette. One objective of the communication will be to have a meeting between the County and Verizon about the issues.
• Member Frank Reeder and Mary Crannell will develop the statement from the ITAC regarding recent issues with Verizon to the County Manager and the County Board with copies to Verizon management.
• Member Mayer reiterated the value of having local representation of a cable company in Arlington, and attending the ITAC meetings, as the Comcast now does.
10. Adjournment: 8:24 pm