TCI Broadband Working Group Meeting Minutes 3/31/16

Town of Cranberry Isles Broadband Working Group Minutes

Attendance 4:
Tom Powell
Ingrid Gaither
Katelyn Damon
Rosalie Kell

  1. Call to Order: Tom Powell called the meeting to order at 1632.
  2. Review Minutes: The recording of the previous minutes from 2/18/16 has been lost from the hard drive. Meeting minutes from this meeting will be presented at the 4/28/16 meeting.
  3. Old Business
  4. a. Fairpoint Contact Update:
    Fairpoint has expressed interest in upgrading their equipment within the Cranberry Isles. The Island Institute and the BWG will continue to stay in contact with Fairpoint. There is the possibility of reaching out for ConnectME grants in 2017 which would require matching funds.
    They are upgrading equipment on Great Cranberry which will be finalized in coming months.
    b. Wireless Providers Contact Update:
    Jim McKenna of Redzone is also interested in keeping his partnership with the Town of Cranberry Isles.
    There is a lot of research and development that needs to take place before the BWG can recommend to the Board of Selectmen which provider will be able to offer the best service to the town.
    Once this research has been completed, the town can reach out for ConnectME funds and firm up a partnership with an internet provider.
    The goal is to apply for ConnectME funds in April of 2017, after the Town of Cranberry Isles 2017 town meeting where matching funds will be appropriated.

  5. New Business
  6. a
    . April 15, 2016 BOS Meeting
    Tom Powell and Katelyn Damon should be present at the meeting. Both will discuss partnering with Tilson to apply for a ConnectMe Planning Grant. This grant requires no matching funds. If awarded the monies would go to Tilson who would work on the town’s behalf to further research the town’s internet infrastructure and to suggest a best option of internet providers to pair with going forward.
    Rosalie Kell moves to approach the Board of Selectmen at their April meeting to pursue the ConnectME planning grant and to partner with Tilson Industries to complete the required work. Ingrid Gaither seconds the motion. Vote: Yes, Unanimous. Motion Passes.
    Tom Powell will email the Board of Selectmen with a summarization of the ConnectME planning grant process as well as recommending that the town partner with Tilson through the grant.

  7. Next Meeting:
  8. April 28, 2016- 1630

  9. Adjournment:

Rosalie Kell moves to adjourn the meeting at 1657. Ingrid Gaither seconds the motion. Vote: Yes, Unanimous. Motion Passes.

Respectfully Submitted,

Katelyn Damon