La Plaza Telecommunity
Executive Director's Report
January 12, 1999
Questa Demonstration Project: the project installation has been
completed and the actual demonstration has begun with the four community
based organizations: Questa School District, Quest Health Clinic, Youth
and Family Center, and the Quest Village offices. A press release
is being developed by the Governor's office regarding the demonstration
project, the purpose and the impact on Quest community.
Questa Dial in Service: We are coordinating with the Community Center,
moving the 56Kbps line, the Questa server, 5 modems and adding the 3 new
modems. The cabinet is being built and the order has been placed
with USWest for the line and modem move. I will report specifics
at the Board meeting.
Taos Dial in Service: The new modems were installed on December
23, 1998 and were adjusted for dialin use on December 24, 1998. The
busy signals have ceased.
Connectivity: We are now experiencing a problem with users not being
able to connect and/or being disconnected in the initial stages of connecting.
We are collaborating with USWest, US Robotics, and Integrity Networking
to resolve the problem. Integrity consultants were at La Plaza on
Friday, January 08, 1999 to work with the Technology Director to diagnosis
and solve the problems.
Hardware: Integrity Networking is providing consultation in determining
the technology needs for upgrading and replacing our system hardware.
I will use the baseline upgrade to develop the funding request to the LANL
Foundation for the hardware upgrade. The request is due at the end
of January, 1999.
Assisted Bill Swan, consultant, with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Managing
Information in Rural America proposal. If you MIRA grant is approved
La Plaza will submit a proposal to be a Community Support Organization
for the initiative in Taos County. The MIRA proposal will be approved
in February 1999 and the CSO proposal is due in April.
Met with Taos Pueblo Casino Enterprises and Integrity Networking to discuss
possible wireless connection from La Plaza to the Casino. We will
meet again on January 20, 1999 and present to the Casino Enterprise Board
a proposal for Internet connection not only to the Casino but also to the
Tribal Government offices and community service departments.
I received verbal approval from the Benton Foundation the Open Studio:
The Arts Online project was approved. The original request was for
$25,000; however, the Foundation has not determined what the actual funding
allocation will be for La Plaza. A conference call will be held within
the next two weeks to discuss the budget and content of the request. The
funding will begin to flow in April, 1999.
Nancy Montano will be Project Coordinator of this grant and will coordinate
the training for the underserved artists to learn the use of information
technology in marketing their art products. The grant is for 6 months
with an opportunity to apply for another 6-month project for more advanced
Web page building training and education. An application will be
submitted for the second phase of funding in August, 1999.
A request for Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation will be sent at
the end of January for system administration hardware and software
upgrade and replacement. We are developing the request with assistance
from Integrity Networking Systems.
The Department of Commerce has released the 1999 Telecommunications and
Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) RFP. TIIAP
provides matching grants for information infrastructure projects to develop
a nationwide, interactive, multimedia information infrastructure that is
accessible to all Americans, in rural as well as urban areas. An
Outreach Workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 26 in Albuquerque to
discuss the 1999 TIIAP round, the funding priorities, application requirements,
and lessons learned from previous TIIAP grantees. I will be attending
the session to determine the potential for La Plaza developing a grant
La Plaza Web Site
After discussion with Nancy Montano and Albert Cota, I have assigned
to Nancy additional duties of maintenance of the web site. Nancy
has increased her web skills and knowledge by teaching the Web classes
and training the school district teachers on use of the web. She
developed additional and pertinent content to meet the objectives of the
million dollar Kellogg grant. Her immediate tasks include:
Cleaning up the site and current pages; i.e. deleting "Foundation" and
adding current info and stats
Editing and adding listings; i.e. lodging, restaurants, recreation, etc
Reorganizing the directories; i.e. government, schools, etc.
Develop a core of volunteers, who under her direction, will be trained
assigned different sections for maintain and develop content.
Fresh Content maintained for the site.
Staff Planning Day
A staff planning day has been scheduled for Friday, January
15, 1999. We will close the La Plaza learning center and offices
so we can concentrate on a full day of discussion and planning. Staff
will conduct a simple survey of existing services and then exchange ideas
for value added services.
December Monthly Statistics
Public Access Users
|La Plaza (Taos)
||# of Classes
||# of Participants
|Intro to Email
|Intro to WWW
|Easy Web Page Design
A detailed breakdown of registrations was not available this
|Past due balances of >51 days
|Per User Request
(7 not using)
(1 opened in error)
(8 no reason given)
7 not using,
2 left employ of primary)
Net Change In Accounts: 66 gained
|Tech Support Calls
||Connect Time (hrs)
(73% of total users)
Judith Pepper, Executive Director, La Plaza Telecommunity