Executive Director's Report
May 11, 1999
Tri-Area Association for Economic Development (TRADE) Presentation -
I presented at the TRADE conference, Telecommunications in Northern
New Mexico, on April 21, 1999. La Plaza was one of 5 entities
representing the northern region with information regarding the
activity involving telecommunications; I presented information
regarding community involvement, expansion of technical infrastructure,
special projects with Kellogg and Benton foundations, and the Questa
Demonstration Project. La Plaza continues to be a model in building
teleliteracy in our community, and partnering with the State and
private foundations to improve; and expand service.
Technology and Service
Penasco Service -
I am collaborating with Rick Carlisle, State Radio and Communications
General Service Division, to plan and implement a wireless project
in Penasco similar to the project in Questa. The partners consist
of the State, La Plaza, Penasco Schools, La Jicarita Enterprises,
and Picuris Pueblo. This project will provide for high speed data
lines to the Pueblo,Penasco School District, and other community
I anticipate this Picuris Project will compliment the technology needs
Penasco Schools presented in their technology plan to the Schools
and Libraries Commission. Arnold Lopez, Technology Director for Penasco,
requested a T-1 line for Internet connection between La Plaza and the Penasco
High School USWest does not have the infrastructure to install that
line, leaving the school district with the existing La Plaza 56Kbps line.
As you know, that line provides service not only to the schools but also
to the 80+ dial in users in the Penasco area.
A meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 21, 1999 with Picuris Pueblo,
Penasco Schools, La Jicarita Enterprises, LANL, State R&C, and La Plaza
to proceed with the plans of collaboration and cooperation to install wireless
service through the Pueblo.
Questa Demonstration Project -
I met with Rick Carlisle, State R&C, and discussed the continuation
of service in Questa with the domo project and the possibility of
La Plaza assuming the owner ship of the equipment allocated for
the project. Mr. Carlisle recommend two options:
I am quite sure the State will not remove the equipment at the end
of the project and understand the need for the inclusion of the
dialin users for faster and more efficient service. Rick and I are
meeting again on May 21 and I hope to have a more firm decision
from the State at that meeting.
La Plaza buys outright the equipment that was allocated by the
State for the Questa Project.
The State give ownership to one of the 4 municipal entities, his
preferable choice was the school district, and La Plaza would be
given management of the equipment and system.
Y2K Compliance Report -
Tim Corcorcan, System Administrator, will give a full report at
the Board meeting that will include the critical vendors, the La
Plaza system, the lab computers, and the administrative equipment.
The MIRA Community Support Organization grant was submitted for
$55,000 to train the nonprofit agencies in using information
technology. The decision from Kellogg will be received within the
next 10 days.
A Department of Education grant, Community Technology Centers
Program, has been published and we will begin developing a proposal
for funding. The initiative is to provide access to computers and
technology, particularly educational technology, to adults and
children in low-income communities who otherwise would lack that
access. This program could enhance and expand our existing services
and provide the funding necessary to increase our training capacity.
This is due June 14, 1999 and is a 3-year funding source.
Projects for Board Consideration
In January 1999 I presented for Board consideration 3 points:
To date no discussion or action has been taken by the Board. How
would the Board like to approach these projects?
Fund raising for health benefits package for La Plaza staff
Fund raising for retirement benefits for La Plaza staff
Spring cleaning and painting of La Plaza.
March Monthly Statistics
Public Access Users
|La Plaza (Taos)
||# of Classes
||# of Participants
|Intro to Email
|Intro to WWW
|Easy Web Page Design
|Marketing Your Web Page
|Managing Mailing Lists (NEW)
|New Primary Accounts
|New Secondary Accounts
|Past due balances of >50 days
(121 notices sent, 96 paid)
|Per User Request
(3 not using
(2 using other provider)
(8 unable to access)
(7 no reason give)
(3 computer not working)
The implementation of a $25 reactivation fee has proven to
be a factor in the payment of these past due accounts.
Net Change In Accounts: 52 gained
|Tech Support Calls
||Connect Time (hrs)
(82% of total users)
Judith Pepper, Executive Director, La Plaza Telecommunity