ARLINGTON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMISSION
7:30 PM, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
1st Floor Conference Room Azalea-103
Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Members Not Present:
Jenny Shu Ho
Rob Billingsley, Cable Administrator
Jack Belcher, CIO
Cable Company Representatives:
Linc Janus, Verizon
Donna Selden, Verizon
1. Meeting called to order by Frank Jazzo, ITAC Vice Chair
7:30 pm; Quorum Not Present
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting and Agenda:
Minutes of April, 2013 were deferred to June 2013 Meeting due to a lack of Quorum.
4. Administrative Issues:
• Member Mayer presented a situation where a 911 call was made due to a fire in the Clay Park neighborhood on Highland St. The 911 call center put the caller on hold, and the caller was dissatisfied about the response. OEM Director Jack Brown responded to the ITAC with a memorandum explaining the situation. There was some discussion about how overloaded call times to 911 can be handled.
• Brad Reese is leaving as a member the ITAC. The Commission is currently two members below a full Commission.
• The July 2013 meeting is still listed as tentative on the schedule as published on the ITAC website, but the ITAC will decide on the July meeting at the June 2013 meeting.
• The Cable Administrator discussed plans to upgrade and streamline the Cable Administration webpages on the Arlington Website. Changes to the ITAC pages are pending the development of a “Commission Template” and the Cable Administrator encouraged the ITAC to consider what content would be most important to residents and other users.
• The ITAC statement to the FCC about improving 911 call service reliability was completed for submission to the FCC.
5. Legislative Updates: Vice Chair, Frank Jazzo, provided the following information:
• The FCC adopted an Order on Text-to 911 rules and other Next Generation 911 applications. Carriers that do not have text to 911 capability by 9/30/13 are to transmit a bounce back message to that effect.
• In Arlington (TX) v. FCC, the US Supreme Court affirmed the FCC’s shot clocks for tower siting and collocation requests by local governments.
• The FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force seeks comment on potential trials relating to ongoing transitions from copper to fiber and wireline to wireless.
• Traditional land mobile radio will remain critical for public safety after FirstNet is built said public safety speakers at APCO Broadband Summit.
• FirstNet board is appointing special committee to investigate claims that its process is not transparent and open and that first responders are being frozen out of decisions.
• FCC Wireless Bureau is seeking comment on proposed band plan for 600 MHz incentive auction.
6. Cable Administrator’s Report (Mr. Billingsley)
• The County continues to work with Comcast on the renewal of the Comcast franchise agreement. An extension of the current agreement to December 31, 2013 will be presented to the Board for their approval in June 2013. The consensus of the ITAC expressed at the April 2013 ITAC Meeting is that there will be no need for a separate public hearing on the extension by the ITAC.
• The Cable Administrator presented the status of free Cable TV drops installed in County Buildings and Schools. Categories include: Sites now receiving free video (24), sites in the Extended Service Area not Video Validated (29), Sites pending installation (8), New Building Sites requested to receive video (2), and number of Sites exceeding the 400 foot limit from trunks and feeders, that County has to pay for (31).
• The intended report of Verizon FiOS Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) buildout has been delayed due to some discrepancies between the County’s list of MDUs and Verizon’s lists. As a result, Verizon is doing more careful analysis of the data, and will update their report to the County when analysis is completed.
7. ConnectArlington Status and Telecommunications Master Plan (Belcher)
• The Cable Administrator presented the current status of the ConnectArlington buildout showing a map of the County and the general areas affected. After a general overview of progress across the County, with 50 of 99 “last mile” sites expected to be connected by Fall 2013. 12 sites are complete with fiber connected to the site, 10 sites are under construction, and 8 sites are awaiting the completion of the Intelligent Traffic System backbone. Other sites’ status was also presented.
• Examples of County cabling, worker vests, and vehicles with identifying markers for ConnectArlington were displayed for the Members.
• The CIO, Jack Belcher, also discussed recent tours of ConnectArlington construction that have been conducted with the potential of such a tour for the ITAC members.
8. Status of Joint Working Group on IT Services with the Schools (Jazzo and Caughran)
• The Vice Chair described recent activities with the Joint Working Group at a meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Vice Chair and Member Phil Caughran attended the APS IT advisory committee meeting where the Vice Chair presented a PowerPoint discussion of the proposed joint group along with the benefits of ConnectArlington. Attendees seemed positive about re-establishing the joint group. Member Caughran also discussed the Education White Paper and the need for the APS IT committee’s input.
9. New Arlington IT Systems Initiative — Draft White Papers on Economic Development and IT and on Community Security and IT and on Education.
Since the authors of these white papers were not present, no update was available.
10. Adjournment: 8:20 pm