ARLINGTON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMISSION
7:30 PM, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
1st Floor Conference Room Azalea-103, Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Chair: Joseph Pelton
Vice Chair: Absent
Jenny Shu Ho
Members Not Present:
Rob Billingsley, Cable Administrator
Cable Company Representatives:
Linc Janus, Verizon
Donna Selden, Verizon
Members of the Public:
- Meeting called to order by Joseph Pelton, ITAC Chair
7:30 pm; Quorum (Six of Eleven Members) Present. Meeting Agenda adopted.
- Public Comment
- Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting and Agenda:
Minutes of April 2013 and May 2013 approved.
- Administrative Issues:
- Brad Reese has left the ITAC leaving two vacancies, but there is one candidate under consideration. The Commission is currently two members below a full Commission.
- The July 2013 meeting is now off the schedule. The next ITAC meeting is August 28, 2013.
- The Cable Administrator reminded the ITAC that the County is changing web software and streamlining text. Draft standards for commission web pages is still under development. Cable Administrator will circulate a draft of the commission template for members to use as a guide to what information needs to be on the ITAC webpages. Suggestion was made to put Cable Administration resolution process on website.
- The Chair, Joseph Pelton, discussed recent activity with the County Budget Committee, and provided testimony on behalf of the Community Energy Plan, as well as the need for Civic Federation involvement.
- Legislative Updates: Because of his absence, Vice Chair, Frank Jazzo, provided the following information for ITAC’s June meeting via email to the Chair and the Cable Administrator:
- Senate Commerce Committee held confirmation hearing for FCC Chairman nominee Tom Wheeler. No nominee has yet been named for Republican vacancy on the FCC. Members of the FCC’s Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) said 911 call centers must be on board with nationwide text-to-911 adoption at the 6/14 EAAC meeting.
- The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission released a five point blueprint to accelerate the expansion of digital learning in K-12 education in the U.S.
- Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) may now report outages to the FCC by email at:email@example.com, which will improve the FCC’s ability to assist PSAPs.
- Comcast announced its Xfinity Home Control Service, which can include video monitoring and remote thermostat controls, with service starting at $9.95/month.
- Comcast is rolling out 3,800 Wi Fi hotspots throughout the DC metropolitan area, including Arlington, which are accessible by Comcast cable modem customers.
- President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, which proposes to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed broadband and wireless within 5 years and seeks to have the FCC reform its E-Rate program to meet that goal.
- 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 was presented to the Board and approved in June 2013. If an ITAC meeting were necessary before the renewal, it would probably be in November or December 2013.
- ConnectArlington Status and Telecommunications Master Plan (Belcher)
- The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Arlington County as one of the top three “Digital Counties” in its population category.
- The current status of the ConnectArlington buildout, showing a map of the County and the general areas affected, was presented. After a general overview of progress across the County, 50 of 99 “last mile” sites are expected to be connected by Fall 2013. 21 sites are complete with fiber connected to the site, and 6 sites are under construction. Other sites’ status was also presented.
- The Chair indicated a concern over unconfirmed statements that he has heard about the ability of APS pay for last mile connections.
- Status of Joint Working Group on IT Services with the Schools (Jazzo and Caughran)
Since the authors of these white papers were not present, no update was available. The Chair reported that the Members Caughran and Jazzo attended a meeting with APS advisory group representatives who all agreed the joint group should continue meeting.
- New Arlington IT Systems Initiative — Draft White Papers on Economic Development and IT and on Community Security and IT and on Education.
There is a draft on economic development, and security. Hopes to have at least 4 white papers by the end of the year, and a video produced by the County’s government channel, ATV.
- Adjournment: 8:10 p.m.