Users: Judy Cuddihy, Terry Wyss, Bill Reifsnyder, Holly Howard, Michael Nez, Carrie Leven, Rick Dove, Estevan Rael y Galvez, Christine Martinez, Charlotte Schofield, and an anonymous man.
Staff: Judith Pepper, Rene Martinez (Community Outreach Trainer), and Georgina Rael, Youth Center Director
I gave a history of the Internet connection to Questa, beginning with the initial million-dollar grant from Kellogg foundation, the Questa Demonstration Project, and the finally the two month circumstances of USwest moving the 56K and 5 dial in lines. I shared the number of dollars it costs to bring the Internet to Questa - starting from the ANS server in Albuquerque and ending with the server, 56K and 8 dial in lines in Questa.
The users had very legitimate concerns:
We agreed to do:
A proposed price increase for users of 60+ hours will be presented at the April Board meeting.
The Peter Drucker Foundation in New York City funds a $25,000 Nonprofit Innovation award each year to a nonprofit agency which are tackling extraordinary challenges while creating opportunities to grow and learn. La Plaza will submit an application for consideration siting our ongoing Internet training program to Taos County residents. If La Plaza were chosen we would receive a $25,000 prize and a short documentary video of the program.
As a side note: I was one of 4 community members elected to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. I will be introduced at the May 7, 1999 annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
The Los Alamos National Lab Foundation will be sending the information for Request for Papers (RFP) on February 12, 1999. Once we receive the instructions and protocol for the RFP, I will develop the request and submit to LANL Foundation. We will be requesting hardware and software for compatibility for Y2K; new web and mail servers, redundant servers to ensure constant service, several new PCs for the lab, 1 PC for the bookkeeping department. The recommendations provided by Integrity Networking will be used for the types of equipment and the rational of use.Department of Commerce, Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure
Barb Hau, NLM Fellow, Dr. Forouz Joucar, consultant and grant writer, and I attended the TIIAP workshop in Albuquerque on January 26, 1999. The workshop discussed funding priorities, application requirements, and lessons learned from previous TIIAP grantees. La Plaza was funded a TIIAP in 1996 & 97 which provided for free public access in 3 health clinics and taught patients and health care providers how to access health information from the Internet.
The presentations made it very clear that agencies, which had received past funding, would not be considered in this funding cycle. After visiting with the staff and digesting the grant information, we have decided to wait until year 2000 to request funding. We want to develop monthly planning discussions with other community based organizations regarding community problems, which could be helped, solved with information technology. These discussion groups will help form partnerships within the Telecommunity.
|Location||# users||# hours||average|
|La Plaza (Taos)||1227||1244.63||1.01|
|Class||# of Classes||# of Participants|
|Intro to Email||0||0|
|Intro to WWW||2||17|
|Easy Web Page Design||0||0|
|Marketing Your Web Page||0||0|
|New Primary Accounts||98|
|New Secondary Accounts||11|
|Past due balances of >51 days||22
(124 notices sent, 102 paid)
|Per User Request||43
(4 not using
(4 using other provider)
(6 unable to access)
(6 no reason give)
(1 opened in error)
(3 seasonal use only)
(2 computer not working)
(1 scholarship ended)
The system of past due notification that Loretta Suazo and Debbie Medina have implemented has produced very positive results in payment of past due accounts.
|Tech Support Calls||84|
|Location||#Users||#Dial-in||Connect Time (hrs)|
(81% of total users)
Judith Pepper, Executive Director, La Plaza Telecommunity