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January 29, 1992


   Minutes of the University Communications Resources Committee


  Meeting:   Wednesday, January 29, 1992, 3 p.m.

  Location:  Donaldson Brown Continuing Education Center


  Attending: Bevan, Blythe, Caceci, Crane, Crofts, Fox, Furrow, Litchfield,

             McAnge, McCoy, Sanders, Snoke, Sumichrast, and Swift

             (for Johnston)


  Guests:    Bowden and Lilly


  1.    Meeting called to order at 3 p.m. by Chair McAnge.


  2.    Minutes of the November 20, 1991, meeting were approved.


  3.    Update - Electronic Village Project

        Theta Bowden shared with the Committee the status of the

        Electronic Village Project.  At this stage, the project

        is a concept.  No specific plans have been developed for the

        project.  C&P Telephone Company is very interested in the project

        and is supporting a feasibility study. A 9-page concept paper

        was given as a handout. The proposed project will allow two-way

        electronic transfer of information available to the Blacksburg

        community that is serviced by C&P Telephone Company.   Four

        levels of service are being discussed:

             A.  Basic data (low speed-may be accomplished with existing


             B.  Switched video

             C.  High Speed

             D.  Very high speed


        The University's interest in the Electronic Project is twofold:

        1) Enhancement of the local economy; 2) Extent of University

        utilization of significant data capability.  This item will be

        placed on the monthly agenda for future updates.


  4.    Student and Faculty Network Access Committee

        Chair McAnge shared with the Committee a letter written to

        Provost Carlisle suggesting  the Commission on Undergraduate

        Studies address the issues of access to computing resources, and

        offered the assistance from the Communications Resources

        Committee.  No response has been received as of this date.  It

        was the consensus of the Committee that this issue would be

        brought before Hooper, Chair, Commission on Graduate Studies,

        for addition to its agenda by LaBerge and Snokes. (Copy of

        letter attached to minutes.)


  5.    Communications Resources Rate Structure

        Judy Lilly reported on a proposed communications rate

        structuring. The proposed rate plan has been approved by the

        Provost.  The plan will be presented to the Deans and Directors

        and be reviewed by the Budget and Controller's Office before the

        specific details are announced. The plan, which would reduce

        communications costs to departments by $350,000 include a

        significant reduction in data communication rates, slight

        increase in telephone service, reduction in Ethernet

        installations, voice mail as part of the basic telephone service,

        and dial-in data service for departments.  No significant change

        is proposed for installation fees.  If approved, the new rates

        will go into effect July 1, 1992.


  6.    Next Meeting Scheduled

        The next meeting was scheduled for February 26, 1992, Donaldson

        Brown Center, Conference Room G.


  Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.


  Minutes prepared by:  Tom McAnge and Joyce Smith

  Approved:  February 26, 1992





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