ARLINGTON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMISSION
7:30 PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Held After the Joint EPAC/ITAC Meeting (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
1st Floor Conference Room Azalea-103
Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Jenny Shu Ho
Members Not Present:
Rob Billingsley, Cable Administrator
Jack Belcher, CIO
Matt Smith, Special Projects, APS
Cable Company Representatives:
Donna Selden, Verizon
Marie Schuler, Comcast
Members of Other Commissions:
Jackie Snelling, EPAC
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 January, 2013 were approved by consensus of the ITAC members.
4. Administrative Issues:
• Frank Reeder has resigned from the ITAC. The Chair will seek a replacement. The Commission recognized Member Reeder’s accomplishments in initiating the IT White Paper series.
• In reviewing the schedule of upcoming meetings, the Chair proposed that the Commission not hold the July 2013 meeting, and requested the Commission take it into consideration. The meeting schedule will now footnote the possible cancellation of that meeting.
• Approved Minutes and Agendas of the ITAC continue to be added to the ITAC website, and the Cable Administration site now has the final report of the Broadband Focus Groups held in October, 2012.
• The final version of the 2012 Annual Report of ITAC was completed and circulated to the requested recipients to include the Board members, County Manager, etc.
• The Chair re-stated the need for a joint commission between the ITAC and one representing the interests of Arlington Public Schools to be re-established. Matt Smith of APS indicated that while he has discussed with the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Information Services, it has not yet been discussed with the School Board. The Chair indicated his hope that the membership would be both parallel to the County’s Commission, and with specific background in instructional disciplines.
• The Chair recognized and commended the CIO, Jack Belcher, and the Director of the Office of Emergency Management, Jack Brown for their efforts, and that they will be recognized by the Civic Federation with “Civic Hero Awards.”
5. Legislative Updates: Vice Chair, Frank Jazzo, provided the following information:
•At the February FCC Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Report and Order establishing new technical and operational requirements for signal boosters. The FCC also adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to substantially increase the amount of unlicensed spectrum available for WiFi in the 5 GHz band.
• FCC Chairman Genachowski criticized proposed legislation in Georgia that would prohibit municipalities from building their own broadband networks to provide service to areas currently having access to Internet service of at least 1.5 Mbps.
• The FCC announced that HUD will join Connect2Compete’s digital literacy coalition.
• The Emergency Alert System (EAS) was hacked at a number of stations, with false zombie attack alerts being broadcast. Stations were instructed to change the passwords for their EAS equipment.
• In response to the FCC’s Derecho Outage Report, the FCC announced plans to launch a rulemaking to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of the nation’s 9-1-1 networks during major disasters at its March Open Meeting.
• The FCC held its first field hearing on Feb. 5 in New York and New Jersey to examine challenges to the nation’s communications networks in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, as well as other natural disasters and other times of crisis. A second field hearing was scheduled for Feb. 28 at Moffett Field, CA.
• Concerns were expressed by APCO that subscriber testing of Text-to 911 capability could cause problems for 911 call centers.
6. Cable Administrator’s Report (Mr. Billingsley)
• Donna Selden of Verizon will be coming to the ITAC meetings in response to the ITACs request to Verizon to provide a local representative. Linc Janus of Verizon will continue to attend the meetings when he can and by teleconference when he cannot.
• The County received a report of Multi-Dwelling Unit buildout by Verizon. The analysis of the information which includes locations of availability, and where it is provided, as well as those MDUs that refused service, will be made in the upcoming weeks.
• Monday properties has indicated interest in Verizon FiOS, but there may be conflicts regarding the Verizon business model Rob has contacts for Monday properties and will pass on to Donna.
• Broadband Focus Group report distributed to ITAC and on the website. Great deal of interest in collaborative 3rd party relationship, PEGs interested in live streaming from on location live shots across a broadband connection. The County has met with Nick Stone of Virginia Tech who is interested in creating a teaching lab for emergency operations centers (EOC), as well as conducting background research in emergency management. On-Site surveys have been conducted and the County’s Public Safety Fiber Ring passes near the VT site on N. Glebe Road. In addition, the County may be able to provide access for VT to a site in Tysons via the NCRNet, hopefully by the end of 2013.
• The County continues to work with Comcast on the renewal of the Comcast franchise agreement. There is some progress but it is mostly in an information gathering mode.
• Ms. Selden said Verizon is working to address Council of Government (COG) recommendations regarding the failures of 911 during the Derecho around June 29, 2013. The Chair indicated the Verizon response to the letter and resolution sent to them by ITA was less than what was expected. The letter was written from Doug Brammer of Verizon responding to the ITAC letter transmitted to Verizon’s President of the Potomac Area, Tony Lewis, concerning several issues listed in an ITAC Resolution.
• The Chair also addressed for Ms. Selden’s benefit the issues surrounding battery backup at customer sites, and lack of clear information regarding the life of the batteries.
• Ms. Selden also clarified the Verizon position on removing copper wire whereby it is not company policy to remove it.
7. ConnectArlington Status and Telecommunications Master Plan (Belcher)
The CIO, Jack Belcher, announced that as of March 1, 2013, 11 sites will have initiated construction. The first APS site will complete construction soon. Four crews will work simultaneously across the County to ensure the project is completed on time. There is a County ConnectArlington Website publicly available to obtain progress information. County is working closely with Schools on their daily opening/closing times to avoid any interruption of school buses by the construction crews. There are 50 target sites for the first stage of construction. The Cable Administrator demonstrated the ConnectArlington website.
8. New Arlington IT Systems Initiative — Draft White Papers on Economic Development and IT and on Community Security and IT and other subjects.
The Chair briefly reviewed the need to complete the White Paper on Economic Development and its need to be updated, as well as the White Paper on Public Security that Member Cohn continues to work on. The Chair expressed the hope that if the Joint Commission on Education is reconstituted, a White Paper on Education could be developed.
9. Adjournment: 8:45 pm