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August 18, 2010 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
August 18, 2010


  • Mary Ansell
  • Deborah Dostal
  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Kent Murray
  • Johnathan Thibodeau
  • Alan Turner
  • Jeff Warnica
  • Andrew D. Wright


  • Terry Dalton


  • Richard Connolly

Minutes of last meeting

Bernie moved approval of minutes of June 2010 meeting and Marilyn seconded; carried


Committee Reports

Financial Report

Alan reported that the memberships were down but the HST rebate was received in this period so that income exceeded expenses. Alan moved tabling of his report.

There were no questions.

Technical Report

Johnathan reported that the cable has been installed in Gerard Hall and the network port has been lined up. The final installation will take place on Friday and the coverage will be tested. Afterward, they will proceed to set up in Joseph Howe Manor. They will have to get a key to Gerard Hall. A message will be sent to Terry about the status of the installation since he had offered to try to speed things along.

On Tuesday, there was a fire on the roof of the Life Sciences Centre and water was funnelled down to the basement of the Chase Building. The power was shut off for about 12 hours.


Progress on Gerard Hall

An antenna will be installed on Gerard Hall on Friday, then the equipment will be set up in Joseph Howe Manor. Jeff requested that Andrew and Johnathan be more specific in telling the Board what needs to be done. Metro Housing has been contacted with regard to the installation at Joseph Howe Manor. Gerard Hall wireless will be covering a two block radius.


Approach to the CRTC

Bernie handed out a draft of the request to CRTC, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The approach will be to emphasize CCN's track record as the only organization making Internet services available to those who cannot afford a commercial service. We will also note that we are pushing government services such as job search.

We are asking to access to Eastlink or Aliant services that we can sell at a lower rate. We need to accentuate the point that we are not in competition with them. We will be offering bare bones services without the help lines and bundling that the big networks offer. Andrew will do up a letter on what services we will offer and how we will deliver them. If we don't get their support, at least they will be aware of us. A discussion ensued about whether there would be negative consequences from initiating such actions. The recommended deadline is the end of September. The contact at CRTC is Elizabeth Duncan. Michael Marshall of the Green Party might like to be involved.

Bernie will need everyone's input to fill in the holes in the document.


Other business

There was no other business.



Kent moved adjournment at 7:20 p.m.

Next Meeting: September 15, 6:30 p.m.





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