The Indiana Community Network Association met Tuesday, Sept. 10


The Indiana Community Network Association met Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the INCOLSA office in Indianapolis and also by video conference from Ft. Wayne and Evansville.

Those present included John Grimmer, Alan Harvey, Mary Grogan, Michael Chui, Deborah Evans, James East, Ellis Johnson, Faye Terry, Kara Wagner, Joel Robinson, Tim Walton, Katie Frederick, Cindy Smith, Mark Whitman, Pam Weaver, Darrel Potter, Marti Miller, Worth Weller, Kathy Holst, Bob Schussler, Ray Ewick, Greg Wilson, Mike Ney, Georgia Miller, and by video conference, Marcia Au, Doris Goins, and Paul McAuliffe.

John Grimmer reported that AIIN has offered to make available to ICNA server and web space services, inc. listserve services and domain hosting. The service will be gratis unless run into bandwidth or space issues.

After clarification as to who can vote on such matters(board members only, according to by-laws), the board voted unanimously to accept the offer.

The offer from the governor's office to provide Mark Whitman as interim executive director through June 30, 1997 and fund the organization with DOE funds for two years at $50,000 a year was accepted unanimously, with motion by Georgia Miller and second by Marti Miller. John Grimmer is to forward to the governor's office a letter accepting the proposal. The job description which had been circulated earlier on the listserv was accepted as part of the motion, with a change made to read "interim director" every place "executive director" was mentioned.

Mark was asked how much time he could devote to the job. He said it was not a question of hours but of getting the mission accomplished. Among his highest priorities would be to encourage the board to pursue renewable, on-going revenue streams, with a solid budget by June of 1997.

Asked about who truly would be the "master" of ICNA, Mark felt it was not a truly comfortable position for the board to be in until ICNA is economically self sufficient.

Speaking to the concern over possible change in administration this November, Mark noted the commitment to ICNA is being institutionalized, with timelines documented for funding; Mark admitted this was not a complete guarantee but that administration changes did not normally disrupt well-documented commitments.

Georgia Miller moved to adopt the revised budget plan which reflects the funding proposal, and Marti Miller seconded. New budget passed unanimously.

Georgia Miller reported that the bylaws say the membership sets the dues for the association and that there is a requirement for an annual meeting of the membership, with a requirement for 30 days notice of membership meeting. Therefor, when dues were adopted at a meeting earlier this year, the motion was not proper because the voting representatives of member organizations had not been properly notified.

It was decided to announce a general membership meeting for Oct. 15, to vote on dues; to discuss associate member dues, and to elect board members.

Worth Weller suggested that the associate membership would be basically comprised of people/groups/businesses who wanted to do business with members of ICNA. He suggested their dues be $750, $1,000, and $1,500, depending on the number of counties that the associate members served.

Alan Harvey noted there would be several perspectives - some associate members might want to provide services, and others might want to contribute dollars or time to assisting the organization's operations. He also asked what would be the rights of associate members, and he suggested they have discussion rights but not voting rights.

John Grimmer said he would ask the membership committee to promote discussion on the listserve and have a proposal ready for the membership meeting.

The ICNA board turned down an opportunity to have a representative on the COLA board (council of library automation). Several board members are already on the council, and these board members felt the two did not really overlap.

Mark Whitman reported that Intelenet is now trying to tie community networks and school and library networking together in a fashion that creates a statewide backbone without duplication. They said this has had some confusing impact on local community networks and that Intelenet is now trying to resolve differences at a one on one level, without completely disrupting the state's effort towards a planned approach that aggregates services for cost effectiveness.

Greg Wilson (of Intelenet) agreed solutions were net by net. He noted a key issue often involved ownership of record of the transport circuit, often referred to as ³customer of record.² Intelenet rules say can only be authorized users on a circuit receiving Intelenet funding, so have now changed the rule to include community networks as authorized users.

All contracts that Intelenet holds, with the various vendors, are all subject to governance via Indiana Code 5-21. so, its not only those public entities that are receiving grant funds, but also any entity wishing to purchase Intelenet Services (e.g., Access Indiana transport services {PTP}) must meet the definition of ³Intelenet Authorized User² found in the Indiana Code.

Another requirement is that internet transport has to be with a preferred transport provider.

Greg noted that part of the effort is to aggregate demand to one point, so community nets don't have so much to pay and so that different entities add on enough bandwidth sufficient to do other things, when Internet is not the driving force.

Brad Bradley discussed trademark rights, in relation to a document AIIN has sent to community nets for their signature to be eligible to use the AIIN logo on their home pages and elsewhere. Clarification was sought on a statement in the document that gives AIIN the "right to inspect premises." Brad will substitute "public materials" for "premises."

Ellis Johnson of CTLnet asked if ISPs who are affiliated with community nets can use the logo. Brad didn't think Intelenet would go for that, but Georgia Miller asked if an ICNA associate member could sign a contract to use it. Marti Miller noted it would be an incentive for associate membership. Brad said he would pursue it.

In response to questions about the state-wide AI marketing campaign, it was reported that the budget was cut to $250,000 from $400,000; Mark said a pamphlet or brochure is due out as soon as possible.

Mark reported that draft proposals for funding from Midwest Prairienet (southern Newton and northern White counties), WayneNet (Richmond) and Whitley County have been received.