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Technology Working Group Minutes: September 25, 2003

CITY OF FULLERTON
TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP
MEETING MINUTES
September 25, 2003
9:00 A.M.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Burtner called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

ROLL CALL

Members Present:

Tony AndersonRoger BurtnerDavid Bailey
Helen HallPaul StoverNorman Thorn
Burnie DunlapLiz BartlettGary Gray
Scott PriceIan KoskelaRobert Morison

Members Absent:

Johnson LewRobert PortNilo Niccolai
Michael Parker

Guest

Mayor Don Bankhead

APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

Chair Burtner asked for a correction to the July 31, 2003 minutes regarding his slide presentation: change major broadband initiatives to infrastructure broadband initiatives. Chair Burtner asked for a motion to approve the minutes of 07/31/03. The motion to approve was made by Chair Burtner and seconded by Paul Stover. The minutes were unanimously approved.

Chair Burtner asked for a motion to approve the minutes of 08/14/03. The motion to approve was made by Burnie Dunlap and seconded by Norm Thorn. The minutes were unanimously approved.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Chair Burtner announced that after several e-mail exchanges with Chuck Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer, Narad Networks, he visited Narad's headquarters in Westford, MA, on September 10, 2003, where he met with Kaplan and two of his staff during a vacation trip to New England. Narad Networks has developed proprietary technology which increases the bandwidth of hybrid fiber coax cable TV systems to 100-1000 Mbps. Kaplan proposed that Narad work with Adelphia to conduct a trial of their telecom equipment in Fullerton before the end of 2003. Narad reps met with Adelphia corporate executives on September 15, 2003, and found them to be receptive to holding the trial in Fullerton.

Chair Burtner informed the group that Councilmember Leland Wilson had advised him that Mike Oates, President of the Fullerton Sister City Association, is developing a sister city program with Yongin, South Korea. Burtner suggested that a briefing be scheduled during a trip to South Korea about the impact of very high bandwidth telecom on South Korean society. South Korea is currently the most wired society in the world. Approximately 70% of South Koreans have Internet access at 10-20 Mbps at a monthly cost of $29-$39 per month.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Dr. Tom West, Executive Director of CENIC (Corporation for Educational Network Initiatives in California) summarized CENIC's broadband programs and plans. CENIC contracted with Gartner, Inc., to determine the likely impact of CENIC's One Gigabit or Bust broadband initiative on California's economy. The objective of the initiative is to bring One Gigabit Internet connectivity to all Californians by 2010. Although there are currently no applications that require One Gigabit bandwidth, new advanced video services require significantly more bandwidth than is currently available and the need for increased bandwidth is only likely to increase in the future. Gartner estimated that implementation of the initiative would result in a $376-billion upside in gross state product and two million additional jobs by 2010. Dr. West also described what some other communities are doing to provide very high broadband Internet connections to their educational, residential, governmental and business constituents. He also listed steps that the Technology Working Group should take in preparing a telecom plan for implementation (readiness assessment, technical assessment, appraisal of dollars available, organizational modeling, vision branding, and plan of action). He invited the Technology Working Group to become active in CENIC by joining one or more of the NGI Task Force groups whose objective is to implement Gigabit Internet connectivity. The next meeting of the NGI Roundtable will take place in Sacramento, November 5-6, 2003, at which time the task forces will be organized.

Members Nilo Niccolai, Gary Gray and Helen Hall distributed summaries of their institution's telecom strategic plans and visions for the Working Group. Ian Koskela gave a verbal description of his vision and later distributed it to the Working Group by e-mail. Helen Hall summarized the progress that the City is making in improving its internal telephony technology and its ability to provide e-government services to constituents.

ACTION ITEMS

Chair Burtner asked that members representing Fullerton institutions research and summarize how much their institutions spend on contracts for voice, video, and data telecom services. The cost of operating an institutional LAN is not to be included. Ian Koskela suggested that the cost of data services be determined separately. Reports are due October 23, 2003.

Ian Koskela agreed to lead a small group which includes Scott Price and Paul Stover to evaluate promising wireless technology being developed and implemented by Vivato. Vivato claims that its technology extends the range of WiFi 802.11x to a distance of approximately 4 kilometers outdoors in a line-of-sight environment or 1 kilometer to standard WiFi clients inside buildings.

ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Reports on Vivato technology and new broadband initiatives with the Fullerton library.

Committee members will continue to discuss Technology Infrastructure Task Force Recommendation 3. (Develop a telecommunications master plan for the community that incorporates wireless, fiber optic and new hybrid-fiber-coax (HFC) technologies). The Working Group will determine what "next steps" it needs to take to develop an implementation plan.

Chair Burtner may complete the slide show on broadband initiatives in other countries and U.S. communities.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business, Chair Burtner asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion was made by Robert Morison, seconded by David Bailey, and unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.

Next meeting scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2003, in the Redevelopment Conference Room.

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