ARLINGTON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMISSION
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013
1st Floor Conference Room Azalea-103, Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Chair: Joe Pelton
Vice Chair: Frank Jazzo
Members Not Present:
Jenny Shu Ho
Rob Billingsley, Cable Administrator
Jack Belcher, CIO
Matt Smith, Special Projects, APS
Cable Company Representatives:
Linc Janus, Verizon
Marie Schuler, Comcast
1. Meeting called to order by Joe Pelton, ITAC Chair
7:40 p.m.; Quorum Present after arrival of Co-Chair Frank Jazzo at 8:30 p.m.
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting and Agenda
Minutes of February, 2013 were approved by consensus of the ITAC members.
4. Administrative Issues
- In reviewing the schedule of upcoming meetings, the Chair proposed that the Commission not hold the July 2013 meeting, and have it listed as tentative on the schedule as published on the ITAC websites.
- Approved Minutes and Agendas of the ITAC continue to be added to the ITAC website, but were updated late in March 2013.
- The Chair asked Matt Smith about the status of a joint commission between the ITAC and one representing the interests of Arlington Public Schools. Mr. Smith indicated that members would be appointed and ready to meet within several weeks. Possible candidates were discussed
- 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” at the Rosslyn Marriott on April 4, 2013.
- In turn, the Chair was recognized for his comments to the Board concerning the budget for technology in a recent Budget meeting.
- The Chair indicated the need to address support to Constitutional Officers, and that despite the streamlining of Circuit Court records, that office’s website needs significant improvements.
5. Legislative Updates: Vice Chair, Frank Jazzo, provided the following information:
- FCC Chairman Genachowski and FCC Commissioner McDowell announced that they will be leaving the FCC in the near future.
- In response to the FCC’s Derecho Outage Report, the FCC launched 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 a workshop on its Gigabit Community Broadband Networks Agenda on March 27.
- On April 24, the FCC will host a free Senior Digital Literacy Day seminar, “How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans”, at the FCC in Washington, D.C.
- Verizon announced that it plans to tie what it pays to carry TV channels to the number of viewers who actually watch the channels, in a bid to rein in programming costs.
6. Cable Administrator’s Report (Mr. Billingsley)
- 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, were analyzed and a mail survey of MDUs is planned within several weeks.
- 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.
- The Chair requested an updated report for the next ITAC Meeting that will describe what Verizon has achieved to build out the free drops to school and County building, what buildings are beyond the 400 foot limit for free drops, and any other obstacles to getting sites connected.
7. Discussion of Misrouting of Cellular Initiated 911 Calls
The ITAC continued to express concern about misdirected 911 calls made in geographic areas of the County where cellular calls may be picked up by Washington, DC 911 call centers due to the proximity to the District. The CIO reminded the Chair that it was an issue for the Office of Emergency Management Director. The Chair said he would be discussing the issue with Neil Robinson of the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission.
8. ConnectArlington Status and Telecommunications Master Plan (Belcher)
- The CIO, Jack Belcher, reviewed the status of construction of ConnectArlington to the County and Arlington Public Schools locations. He described the internal outfitting and the external construction and testing. There was also a brief discussion of getting new building developers to participate in installing in-building wireless facilities to aid communications for first responders when inside newer buildings during emergencies.
- There was also a brief discussion between Member Phil Caughran and Matt Smith, representing Arlington Public Schools, on the intended use of ConnectArlington by the Schools, to include testing and video communications.
9. 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 recounted the status of the white papers for Economic Development, Emergency Preparedness, and Education. Member Phil Caughran will be heading the effort in developing the Educational white paper.
10. Emergency phone service in a VoIP Environment
Member Martha discussed the usefulness of having alternative emergency numbers to call when electrical or communications infrastructure has been hampered by storms, etc. However she was concerned about how her digital phone service no longer required dialing a “1” before the 10 digit long distance number to reach an out of town contact who could relay an emergency message to local first responders. The Chair recommended that Verizon provide a detailed answer on how long distance calls are handled versus local calls, and whether the lack of dialing a “1” before the long distance number changes the ability to circumvent local calling when the service is down. Member Moore had additional concerns as to the payment of E-911 fees on mobile phone bills.
11. Adjournment: 8:45 p.m.