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ONE CHECK IN WITH CAV.

WE'LL BE GOOD TO GO.

GOT, GOTTA MAKE SURE.

OF COURSE, JESSE.

AND EVERYONE'S THERE.

HEY, TIRPITZ UH, I'M HERE.

I DO HAVE, I JUST WANTED TO NOTE THAT I HAVEN'T SEEN AARON BERGET SIGN IN YET.

UM, BUT OKAY.

WE COULD JUST MOVE ALONG IN THE AGENDA AND CIRCLE BACK IF WE NEED TO TRUE HIM WITH, UH, THE ROBUSTNESS OF OUR AGENDA.

WELL, AND FAIRNESS TO OUR SPEAKERS, LET'S, LET'S GIVE THEM AT LEAST UNTIL, UM, UH, SIX 40.

OKAY.

BUT LET ME CONFIRM THOUGH, WHAT EXPECTATION DID YOU SET BY THE WAY, JESSE? AND WHEN WE WOULD START, I GIVE THEM THE MEETING START TIME OF SIX 30.

OKAY.

SO WE'LL GIVE THEM, UH, WE'LL GIVE THEM UNTIL SIX 35 AND ONLY BECAUSE WE KNOW WE CAN DOUBLE BACK TO THEM AND THE AGENDA, UH, AND OUR TIME IS OBVIOUSLY VERY VALUABLE AND VOLUNTEERED.

OH, THE MINUTES FOR THE APRIL 2ND MEETING AVAILABLE FOR US TO REVIEW.

OKAY.

UH, YES.

HELLO, COMMISSIONER D.

THANK YOU, UH, FOR CHUNG AND GLAD I CAN HEAR YOU.

UH, AND I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, THEY ARE IN FACT WHEN I START THE MEETING HERE SHORTLY, UM, JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW NOW, IN FACT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET GOING.

UH, WE AGREED TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE OUR SPEAKER UNTIL 35 AND SINCE WE'VE GOT THE FULL AGENDA, WHY DON'T WE GO AND GET STARTED? AND THEN I'LL BE ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.

THAT SOUND FAIR? YES.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, THEN WITH THAT, UH, CDAD READY TO GO? YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

HELLO EVERYONE.

[CALL TO ORDER]

THIS IS NEHEMIAH FITZ, THE THIRD CALLING TO ORDER THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING FOR THE COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.

MY NAME IS NEHEMIAH FITZ THIRD ON THE CHAIR, AND I'D LIKE TO BEGIN WITH A ROLL CALL.

AND WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS SIMPLY ASK EVERYONE TO ANNOUNCE THEMSELVES AND THE ORDER.

UH, MY NAME, OF COURSE, AS I MENTIONED ALREADY, I WAS APPOINTED BY MAYOR PRO TEM, NATASHA FOR MADISON AND I'M PRESENT.

AND SHE'S JUST ONE.

SO DISTRICT TWO WOULD GO NEXT, UH, COMMISSIONER APADACA, UH, APPOINTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER, VANESSA FUENTES PRESENT.

THANK YOU.

ALSO MEMBER ORIGINALLY A DISTANCE.

THANK YOU.

AND, UH, WHAT? SKIP TO DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

YEAH.

THIS IS A DAY FLOYD APPOINTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, A CONDITION OF DIVERSITY APPOINTED BY MACKENZIE KELLY DISTRICT SIX ISLAND APPOINTED BY COUNCILMAN COUNCILMAN AS THEY PULL DISTRICT SEVEN.

THANK YOU.

BEAVERS APPOINTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER, KATHY TOVO DISTRICT DIRECTOR.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU DISTRICT.

DOING IT BY LLC MEMBER.

ALISON ALDRIN.

WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

THAT'S COOPED UP AND I'M GOING TO DO A QUICK CHECK JUST TO MAKE SURE AT THIS TIME, UH, WE HAVE, UH, COMMISSIONER GUIRO, UH, SOPHIE GUIRO APPOINTED BY THE, THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, UH, NOT PRESENT, UH, AND CON UH, VICE CHAIR, UH, ALEXANDER, UH, APPOINTED BY DISTRICT TWO, UH, RATHER, EXCUSE ME, UH, POINTED BY DISTRICT FOUR AND ALSO NOT PRESENT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER FROM DISTRICT FOUR.

MY APOLOGIES,

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BUT WITH THAT, THEN WE WILL GET STARTED.

AND OUR NEXT ITEM IN THE AGENDA IS A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

UH, AT THIS TIME, NO CITIZENS HAVE SIGNED UP FOR A SYSTEM COMMUNICATION.

UH, SO, UH, THERE WILL NOT BE ANY SYSTEM COMMUNICATION AT THIS TIME.

AND FOR THE RECORD, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, GREG CASAR, UH, APPOINTED VICE-CHAIR ALEXANDER WE'LL PROCEED TO AGENDA ITEM NUMBER ONE.

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – April 2, 2021]

AND TO THAT POINT, I WANT EVERYONE TO REFER TO THEIR OUTLOOK INVITATION, WHICH CONTAINS SEVERAL ITEMS TOO, THAT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED NOW FOR THE PURPOSES ARE REALLY JUST ONE, UH, THAT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR APPROVAL.

AND THEN WE'LL TRANSITION TO THE SECOND FOR REFERENCE.

UH, BUT THE FIRST ITEM IS APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE APRIL 2ND MEETING.

UH, HOPEFULLY YOU ALL HAVE A CHANCE TO REVIEW THOSE HERE SINCE WE STARTED, UH, BUT FEEL FREE TO TAKE A LOOK AND THEN I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THEM AS PRESENTED.

NOW, ONE THING I FEEL OBLIGED TO CALL OUT AND THE MINUTES IS AN AMENDMENT.

SO THE SECOND DOCUMENT, WHICH IS ATTACHED IS THE BUDGET RECOMMENDATION, WHICH WAS PRESENTED TO CITY COUNCIL.

AND THIS WAS FINALIZED AFTER A CONFIRMATION DIALOGUE BETWEEN, UH, THE STAFF LIAISON, JESSIE AND COMMISSIONER GUIRO WHO MADE THE INITIAL MOTION AND MYSELF AFTER I PERSONALLY REVIEWED THE VIDEO TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MOTION REFLECTED OUR INTENT AS A BODY.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, UM, PART OF THE MINUTES HERE DOES NOT REFLECT THAT INTENT, ALTHOUGH THE RECOMMENDATION DOES BECAUSE AS EVERYONE REMEMBERS, HOPEFULLY WE AGREED TO ONLY PRESENT THE $10,000 FIGURE AS THE ONLY NUMERICAL FIGURE WE WERE GOING TO RECOMMEND.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, THE RECOMMENDATION REFLECTS THAT.

SO I'M MAKING A MOTION TO AMEND THESE MINUTES TO REFLECT THAT AS WELL.

SO THAT WOULD MEAN THAT THE LAST SENTENCE HERE UNDER NEW BUSINESS BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS A THE LAST PARAGRAPH, OKAY.

WOULD-WOULD REFLECT AS THE BUDGET RECOMMENDATION DOES NOT HAVE A DOLLAR FIGURE, BUT RATHER SHOW PROPORTIONAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR RECOMMENDATION, WHICH INCLUDES OF COURSE, A DOLLAR FIGURE.

IT INCLUDES A GREAT FOR THE MEETING ROOMS. IT INCLUDES THE SOFTWARE UPGRADES, AND IT INCLUDES THE CONVERSION OF SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE UPGRADES, AND IT INCLUDES THE CONVERSION OF CONTRACT STAFF TO FTE.

SO UNLESS THERE ARE OTHER AMENDMENTS, UM, IF WE'RE IN AGREEMENT, I WOULD LOOK FOR SOMEONE TO SECOND THAT MOTION

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TO APPROVE THESE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

UH, I MADE THE MOTION HAS BEEN SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER APODACA.

I'LL NOW LOOK FOR A ROLL CALL VOTE.

IF EVERYONE COULD PLEASE, UH, SAY AYE AND RAISE THEIR HAND IF THEY APPROVED WASN'T, UH, THEY AGREE WITH PROVEN THESE MINUTES WITH THE, UH, AMENDMENT THAT I SUGGESTED, PLEASE SAY, AYE, AND SIR, YOUR HANDS.

AYE.

HI.

HI.

IS THERE ANYONE OPPOSED? IS THERE ANYONE ABSTAINING UNDERSTANDING? OKAY.

SO THEN WITH THAT, WE HAVE TWO COMMISSIONERS NOT PRESENT WITH ONE ABSTENTION.

SO THAT'S A VOTE OF EIGHT ZERO AND ONE IN FAVOR TO APPROVE THESE MINUTES WITH THE AMENDMENT, UH, AGAIN, TO MATCH THE BUDGET RECOMMENDATION THAT WAS SUBMITTED WITH THAT, WE'LL PROCEED IN OUR AGENDA, TWO STAFF

[2a. Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Briefing from Participating Austin Internet Service Providers. (Erin Burget, AT&T)]

AND COMMUNITY BRIEFINGS.

SO, UH, I NOTICED THAT OUR CONTACT WITH AT AND T WAS ABLE TO JOIN US THERE AND GLAD THAT THE TIME WITH OUR AGENDA WORKED OUT, UH, FOR US TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE THEM AND, UH, SET THE CONTEXT FOR THIS.

AS MOST OF THE BODY KNOWS WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE EQUITABLE BROADBAND INITIATIVE AT THE STATE LEVEL, WE AGREED TO REACH OUT TO EVERY LOCAL CARRIER AND THEN TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH THIS COMMISSION, WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO PROVIDE AND TO UTILIZE THIS INITIATIVE AT THE CITY.

AND I'LL LOOK FOR AN UPDATE AFTER THIS PRESENTATION, ONCE WE GET TO THAT SECTION OF THE AGENDA, BUT WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE AT AND T BE THE FIRST TO RESPOND AND BE WILLING TO PRESENT ON THIS TOPIC.

SO WITH THAT, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE AGENDA ITEM TWO EIGHT, THE EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM, WE THINK FROM OUR PARTICIPATING AUSTIN AND THE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER, A T AND T.

AND EHRENBERG WELCOME, ERIN.

HELLO? THANK YOU.

CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? YES.

GREAT.

I'M GOING TO TRY AND START MY VIDEO.

IT WASN'T WORKING EARLIER.

LOOKS LIKE, OKAY, GREAT.

WE'RE WORKING HERE.

IS THAT BETTER? IT IS.

IT IS A LITTLE BIGGER THAN THAT, BUT FOR YOUR PERMISSION, I'LL SKIP THAT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR APPRECIATE THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

MY NAME IS ERIN BERGEN AND I MET DIRECTOR FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AT 18 T.

UM, SO I HANDLE COMMUNITY RELATIONS FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND I WORKED FREQUENTLY WITH BRIAN DELLA.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

UM, SO I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT THE EMERGENCY, UM, BROADBAND PROGRAM IN GENERAL.

SO I, I DID INCLUDE SOME BACKGROUND ON THE PROGRAM AND GENERAL BECAUSE IT IS ADMINISTERED BY THE SPC.

UM, BUT ON, ON MARCH 12TH OF THIS YEAR, AP AND T FILED ITS APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.

IT'S A $3.2 BILLION PROGRAM THAT CONGRESS ESTABLISHED, UM, AS A PART OF THE COVID-19 ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE AND THE PROGRAM, AS YOU SAID, SHAREPOINT, UM, WAS SET UP TO HELP HOUSEHOLDS STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR INTERNET SERVICE DURING THE PANDEMIC.

UM, SO ONE THING I WANT TO KNOW THAT I'LL TOUCH ON MORE ON, MORE IN DEPTH LATER IS THAT THE FTC HAS NOT ESTABLISHED AN OFFICIAL START DATE YET.

SO WE'RE PROJECTING THE END OF APRIL, BUT A LOT OF WHAT I'LL TALK ABOUT TODAY IS INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN FIND ON THE FTC WEBSITE OR ON THE ONE PAGER THAT I THINK JESSE DISTRIBUTED TO YOU ALL.

UM, IN ADDITION AT, AND T WILL HAVE A WEBSITE LIVE ONCE THE PROGRAM HAS LAUNCHED.

SO YOU CAN ACCESS THAT FOR EVERYTHING I TALK ABOUT TODAY, AND MORE, THERE WILL BE MORE DETAILS AT THAT TIME.

UM, AND ALL OF THOSE URLS ARE NOTED ON THE ONE PAGER THAT JESSE SHARED WITH YOU ALL.

SO AT A HIGH LEVEL, THE PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE A DISCOUNT OF UP TO $50 A MONTH TOWARDS BROADBAND SERVICE AND SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH FOR TRIBAL LAND AND A ONE-TIME DISCOUNT ABOUT $200 FOR A LAPTOP, DESKTOP OR TABLET.

UM, IF THE CUSTOMER CONTRIBUTES

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BETWEEN 10 AND $50 FOR THAT DEVICE.

SO PER THE FCC RULES, THE BENEFIT IS LIMITED TO ONE MONTHLY SERVICE DISCOUNT PER HOUSEHOLD.

SO EACH HOUSEHOLD IS ELIGIBLE FOR EACH OF THOSE BENEFITS, MONTHLY SERVICES COUNT AND THE ONE-TIME DEVICE DISCOUNTS, BUT EACH HOUSEHOLD IS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR ONE MONTHLY SERVICES COUNT.

IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

UM, THE FTC IS USING THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPANY TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM AND PARTICIPATING PROVIDERS REIMBURSED FROM THE PROGRAM FOR DELIVERING DISCOUNTS.

SO THERE'S NO ONUS ON THE CONSUMER.

UM, ALL THE CONSUMER HAS TO DO IS ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM.

SO AT AND T SERVICES THAT ARE ELIGIBLE ARE 18 T BROADBAND AND 18 T BROADBAND WILL OFFER DISCOUNTS ON WIRELINE HOME INTERNET SERVICES, UM, 18 D ALSO CHOSE TO INCLUDE AT AND T MOBILITY AND CRICKETS.

AND, UM, THOSE TWO ENTITIES WILL OFFER DISCOUNTS ON MOBILE WIRELESS DATA SERVICES AND ON, UM, SELECT DATA, VOICE TECH BUNDLES.

SO THIS, BOTH OF THOSE, UM, ELIGIBLE SERVICES ALSO INCLUDE THE ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT LIKE MODEMS, HOTSPOTS, ANTENNAS, UM, ANYTHING THAT'S A PART OF THE ELIGIBLE AND INTERNET SERVICES THAT ARE BEING DISCOUNTED.

UM, ONE THING TO NOTE 18 T FIXED WIRELESS INTERNET AND DSL WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE, BUT FIXED WIRELESS INTERNET WILL STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR LIFELINE DISCOUNTS THROUGH THE FEDERAL LIFELINE PROGRAM.

UM, AND AGAIN, ALL OF THOSE DETAILS WILL BE ON THE 18 P WEBSITE ONCE IT'S LIVE AND ONCE THE PROGRAMS LAUNCHED.

UM, SO PER THE FCC RULES, A HOUSEHOLD IS ELIGIBLE.

UM, IF INCOME IS AT OR BELOW 135% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES, OR AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF THE HOUSEHOLD NEEDS, ONE OF THE CRITERIA THAT'S LISTED, UM, ON THE FTC WEBSITE, THAT CRITERIA A, UM, IF ONE HOUSEHOLD MEMBER QUALIFIES FOR THE LIFELINE PROGRAM, IF THEY RECEIVE BENEFITS UNDER THE FREE AND REDUCED PRICED SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM OR THE SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM, OR IF THEY DID SO, AND THE 2019 2020 SCHOOL YEAR, UM, IF THEY'VE RECEIVED A FEDERAL PELL GRANT DURING THE CURRENT AWARD YEAR, OR IF THEY'VE EXPERIENCED A SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF INCOME SINCE FEBRUARY 29TH, 2020, UM, AND THEN THERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL, UM, AMOUNTS AS FAR AS HOUSEHOLD INCOME ON THE FCC WEBSITE FOR, FOR THAT METRIC.

SO HOW DO PEOPLE SIGN UP? CONSUMERS WILL NEED TO FIRST GO TO A CONSUMER PORTAL, WHICH WILL BE SET UP BY USA, THE ENTITY THAT THE ACCC IS USING TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER.

UM, SO THERE, THEY WILL, UH, SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WHICH WILL DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY.

AND THEN AT THAT POINT, THAT FOR AT AND T COMES IN ONCE THEIR ELIGIBILITY IS APPROVED, CONSUMERS CAN ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM AND IN ELIGIBLE SERVICES THAT AT AND T IS OFFERING THROUGH OUR WEBSITE, THEY WILL HAVE THAT, UM, THE FCC ADOPTED RULES TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM ON FEBRUARY 25TH, AS I'M SURE YOU ALL KNOW, AND THEY TARGETED 60 DAYS FOLLOWING THAT ORDER TO BEGIN ENROLLING CUSTOMERS, WHICH WOULD BE AROUND APRIL 26TH OF THIS YEAR.

SO, UM, THAT'S ALL THAT WE'VE HEARD FROM THE FTC THUS FAR.

UM, AND, UH, AT THAT TIME, WE'LL, LIKE I SAID, HAVE OUR WEBSITE LAUNCHED AS FAR AS AN END DATE, THE PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED TO END SIX MONTHS AFTER COVID-19 EMERGENCIES OFFICIALLY DECLARED OVER, OR WHEN THE PROGRAM FUNDING IS EXHAUSTED, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST, UM, AND AT, AND T HAS COMMITTED TO NOTIFYING CONSUMERS IN ADVANCE OF THAT END DATE ONCE THAT DATE IS ESTABLISHED.

SO THAT'S WHAT I'M ABLE TO SHARE TODAY.

UM, AS I SAID, ALL OF THE DETAILS WILL BE, WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE, AND THEY'RE ALSO ALL INCLUDED ON THE ONE PAGER THAT JESSE SENT YOU ALL.

UM, AND I'M HAPPY TO TRY AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU ALL MIGHT HAVE FOR ME.

THANK YOU, AARON.

UH, I'M SURE THERE'LL BE SOME QUESTIONS, BUT LIKE TO BEGIN BY JUST THANKING YOU AGAIN FOR BEING WILLING TO, TO COME AND PRESENT AHEAD OF OUR BODY, UH, ON THIS, I, I MISSPOKE EARLIER WHEN I SAID EQUITABLE, UH, IT'S EMERGENCY BROADBAND, OBVIOUSLY, AND I

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REALLY CAN'T TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS TO OUR CITY AND OUR COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY IN SOME OF OUR OUTLYING AREAS.

SO WITH THAT IN MIND, I'D LIKE TO OPEN IT UP TO OUR BODY FOR SOME QUESTIONS.

UH, WE'VE GOT ABOUT FIVE, UH, 10 MINUTES HERE FOR QUESTIONS THAT ARE ONE.

SO BE MINDFUL OF THAT IN TERMS OF SCHEDULE I'LL GO AHEAD AND LOOK FOR SOMEONE WHO IS EAGER.

I'VE GOT TO SEE A COMMISSIONED DUSK SCOOPED UP.

OKAY.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

ONE IS, UH, I THOUGHT I HEARD $50 A MONTH FOR ONE MONTH $50.

HOW MUCH IS TRICKY DOLLARS COMPARED TO THE TOTAL MONTHLY BILL IS GOING TO BE? AND WHAT IS THE CORRESPONDING SPEED? WHAT IS THE MINIMUM SPEED THAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN A BROADBAND SERVICE? UM, COULD YOU GET THAT QUESTION? UH, AARON, NOT HIS EARLIER.

I'M NOT SURE IF EVERYONE HEARD THE EARLY PART OF YOUR QUESTION.

COMMISSIONER, DO YOU WANT ME TO REPEAT IT? I MISSED THE EARLIER PART, PLEASE.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT $50 MEANS.

I MEAN, WHAT IS THE PROBLEM OF REPEAL IS $50 EQUAL TO ONE MONTH'S BILL OR IS IT LIKE HALF, A FOUR MONTH BILL? UH, I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE RELATIVE IS THE METRIC OF THE $50 AND ALSO WHAT KIND OF SPEED SPEED.

OH, OKAY.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

YES, AARON, PLEASE.

I'M SORRY.

YEP.

SO, UM, THAT, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

IT ALL VARIES ON WHAT TYPE OF SERVICES THE CONSUMER DECIDES TO APPLY THE DISCOUNTS TO, UM, YOU KNOW, I KNOW OUR, OUR BILLS RANGE BASED ON IS DIFFERENT SERVICES, SO I CAN'T REALLY PROVIDE YOU AN EXACT AMOUNT OF WHAT AN AVERAGE BILL MIGHT BE.

UM, BUT, UH, AND THEN THE SECOND PART OF YOUR QUESTION SPEEDS, UH, SAME ANSWER.

UM, THAT'LL, THAT'LL VARY ON WHAT SERVICES THAT PARTICULAR CONSUMER DECIDES TO, UM, ENROLL FOR THE DISCOUNT.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, I DO THINK THAT TO CLARIFY IF THE HOUSEHOLD IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE DISCOUNT AND SAY, THEY'RE, THEY'RE GETTING, UM, X INTERNET SERVICE TODAY, THEN I DON'T THINK ANYTHING CHANGED THEIR SERVICE DOESN'T CHANGE.

AS LONG AS THEY'RE STILL ELIGIBLE, THEY JUST GET $50 TO WHATEVER THEIR BILL IS.

SO IF THEY WENT, UM, DIFFERENT SPEED TIERS, I DON'T THINK ANY OF THAT IS IMPACTED BY THIS PROGRAM.

IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

QUICK QUESTION.

THE COMMISSIONS THAT'S SCOOPED, UH, UH, I HAVE ANOTHER PERSON IT'S NOT THE COMMISSIONER IT AGAIN.

YEAH.

THIS IS MALCOLM GATES HERE AND CONCERNS THE ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE.

UM, JUST IN GENERAL MALCOLM, WHAT'S THE ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE GOING TO BE? WELL HE'S BUFFERING.

YEP.

OKAY.

CAN YOU UNDERSTAND ME HERE? WE'VE GOT YOU NOW, MALCOLM, WHERE YOU ASKING JUST IN GENERAL, WHAT, WHAT WILL BE IN ENROLLMENT PROXIMATE PROCESS LOOK LIKE? RIGHT.

I, IT MENTIONED A CONSUMER PORTAL, WHICH SEEMS TO INDICATE THAT YOU NEED INTERNET ACCESS TO BEGIN WITH IN ORDER TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM.

SO I SEE A SLIGHT PROBLEM HERE FOR SOME PEOPLE.

YEAH.

IT, IT WOULD REQUIRE, UM, THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO ACCESS THE CONSUMER PORTAL.

SO YOU ARE, YOU'RE CORRECT ABOUT THAT.

I DON'T KNOW.

THAT'S MORE ON THE FCC SIDE, SO I DON'T KNOW IF THEY'VE GOT ANY, UH, PLANS IN PLACE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS, UM, AND ANY OTHER WAY BESIDES THE CONSUMER PORTAL.

UM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S, THAT'S MORE OF AN FCC QUESTION I CAN TELL YOU AS OF NOW, ONCE IT GETS PASSED OFF TO AT AND T TO ENROLL IN OUR PROGRAMS, UM, I BELIEVE IT WILL ONLY BE THROUGH, THROUGH OUR ONLINE PORTAL.

OKAY.

WELL THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT MIGHT NEED A LITTLE POLISHING PROCEDURE.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER, UH, UH, COMMISSIONER HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU AS WELL.

IS THERE ANY COST TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN OR IS THIS ALL FEDERAL MONEY WHAT'S GOING THROUGH THEM FREAKING FEET.

IT'S ALL FEDERAL MONEY.

YEAH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

GREAT QUESTION THEN

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I HAVE A QUESTION.

OH, YES.

I'M SORRY.

YES, PLEASE GO RIGHT AHEAD.

OH, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MY QUESTION IS REGARDING THE, UM, DISCOUNT FOR THE, UM, DEVICES.

HOW DOES THAT WORK? UM, AND, AND THERE'S THE CONSUMER HAVE A CERTAIN ASSORTMENT OF DEVICES THAT THEY CAN CHOOSE FROM.

UM, YOU KNOW, DO THEY HAVE TO GO TO A PARTICULAR VENDOR? UM, HOW, HOW IS THAT DECIDED? AND, UM, YOU KNOW, HOW DO THEY GET RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING WHAT TO PURCHASE IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT MAYBE THEY'RE NOT ACCUSTOMED TO PURCHASING IN THEIR HOME SO THAT THEY CAN PURCHASE SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY SUITABLE FOR THEIR HOUSEHOLD? THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

UM, YOU KNOW, I KNOW THAT FOR 18 T I'D IMAGINE THAT WE ONLY HAVE CONTROL TO GET DISCOUNTS OVER THE DEVICES THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THE CONSUMER.

SO THEY WOULD BE LIMITED TO, UM, WHATEVER DEVICES THE VENDOR OFFERS.

I DO KNOW, UM, I DON'T LEAVE.

ATP'S THE ONLY ONE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM.

UM, SO THERE MIGHT BE FLEXIBILITY THERE FOR THE CONSUMER TO, TO DECIDE WHICH PROVIDER THEY WANT TO USE THAT DEVICE DISCOUNT WITH.

UM, BUT THAT'S A, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

AND I CAN TRY, AND I CAN TRY AND FIND OUT SOME MORE DETAILS FOR YOU ON, ON THAT QUESTION, BECAUSE I KNOW THERE WERE A LOT OF, A LOT OF QUESTIONS IN THAT ONE QUESTION, SO, UM, I CAN TRY AND FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

UM, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

YES.

AND THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, FROM THE STAFF HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS, AARON, AND REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE.

AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU.

UM, RON DELLA HAWKINS, TELEKOM AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS OFFICE.

SO I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE, UM, GOING BACK TO, UH, COMMISSIONER, JUST SKIP THIS QUESTION ABOUT THE, WHAT IS THE $50 A PORTION OF THE TOTAL MONTHLY BILL? IS IT GOING TO, FOR EXAMPLE, AT AND T OFFERS PROMOTIONAL, UM, DISCOUNTS CURRENTLY, UM, FOR INTERNET SERVICE AND, AND THIS IS STRICTLY FOR INTERNET SERVICES, IT'S NOT BUNDLED WITH YOUR VIDEO OR THE, OR DIGITAL TELEPHONE.

SO IT'S STRICTLY, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE JUST FOR INTERNET SERVICE.

AND I WAS WONDERING THE $50, UH, WOULD, IT'S GOING TO BE APPLIED AS A CREDIT.

I TAKE IT ONCE THE, ONCE THE PERSON IS THE CUSTOMER IS QUALIFIED OR ELIGIBLE.

IS IT LIKE A $50 CREDIT TOWARDS THE BILL BE ON A CUSTOMER'S BILL? AND, UM, COULD IT BE, COULD IT POSSIBLY APPLY TO YOUR PROMOTIONS? UM, CAUSE OFTENTIMES YOU CAN DO A ONE-YEAR INTERNET SERVICE FOR, YOU KNOW, PRETTY DISCOUNTED, UM, COST.

AND SO THAT'S JUST ONE QUESTION I MAY, YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE ANSWER.

THESE ARE JUST, UM, KIND OF DETAILS.

AND AS FAR AS THE ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE, WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FCC AND WE'RE HOPING THAT LOCALLY WE CAN PARTNER, UM, AND HELP, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OUR PUBLIC COMPUTER LABS AND WE HAVE, UM, FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE DIGITAL ACCESS, UM, THAT I'M GOING TO TURN MY INTERNET IS BECAUSE IT'S REALLY A BUFFERING.

UH, WE DEFINITELY WANNA, YOU KNOW, OUTREACH AND PARTNER WITH, UM, YOU KNOW, GETTING FOLKS ENROLLED, WHICH IS THAT'S, THAT'S AN RN, BUT AS FAR AS AT AND T, UM, WE DEFINITELY WANT TO PARTNER AND, YOU KNOW, OUTREACH WITH THE PARENTS AND ALL THE DIFFERENT NONPROFITS THROUGH THE DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT COMMUNITY, BOSTON.

SO THEN WE CAN MAKE FOLKS AWARE.

UM, AND SO JUST, HOPEFULLY YOU ALL WILL BE OPEN TO WORKING WITH, WITH, UH, WITH US WHEN I SAY US IT'S A CITY, BUT I MEAN, MANY NONPROFITS JUST TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS BENEFIT PROGRAM.

UM, BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S REALLY CRITICAL AND WE HAVE TO FACILITATE GETTING PEOPLE TO SIGN UP IF THEY DON'T HAVE INTERNET ACCESS.

UM, SO JUST A COUPLE OF, AND THEN THE DEVICES I REMEMBER BACK WHEN WE DID THE, THE BROADCAST CHANNELS CONVERTED TO DIGITAL DIGITAL SERVICE, THE DIGITAL BROADCAST CHANNELS.

AND, UM, AT THE TIME THERE WERE, UM, KINDA, YOU KNOW, WE PARTNERED, I MEAN, THE COMPANIES WE PARTNERED WITH, UH, WITH THE DIFFERENT ELECTRONIC STORES AND THINGS TO HELP, YOU KNOW, GET THE DIGITAL CONVERTER BOX

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OR THE ANTENNA, UM, SO THAT PEOPLE COULD RECEIVE THOSE CHANNELS IN DIGITAL.

AND IT IS, WILL THAT BE A REIMBURSEMENT BASIS, LIKE THE A HUNDRED DOLLARS, UH, FOR CUSTOMERS.

UM, AND WE ALL HAVE LIKE A, YOU KNOW, JUST THINKING ABOUT IF YOU'LL HAVE A LIST OF HOW WILL PEOPLE LIKE, WILL THERE BE A MENU OF, YOU KNOW, EQUIPMENT OPTIONS TO BUY AND HOW WILL, UH, THE COST, I GUESS, WILL BE REIMBURSED AGAIN? IS IT GOING TO BE A CREDIT ON A BILL? I'M JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE, WHAT IS THE UPFRONT, I GUESS, IF THERE'S ANY UPFRONT COSTS OR ANYTHING FOR, FOR THE CUSTOMERS.

SO, AND THAT'S MAYBE OKAY.

THAT'S ALL MY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

NO, THAT'S OKAY.

RIGHT.

I'LL DO ONE MORE.

OKAY.

UM, SO AS FAR AS THE BILLING GOES, UM, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, BECAUSE I ASKED THE SAME QUESTION THAT YOU DID TO, TO OUR TEAM, UM, ALL OF THE UPFRONT COSTS ARE, UM, TAKEN ON BY THE PROVIDER.

SO BY, AT AND T, SO THE CUSTOMER DOESN'T HAVE TO, FOR EXAMPLE, PAY A BILL AND THEN THE NEXT MONTH TO GET A CREDIT ON THEIR BILL FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH, IT'LL BE REAL TIME.

AND IT MAY, I DON'T KNOW THE NUANCES OF WHETHER OR NOT IT'LL SHOW AS A CREDIT ON THEIR BILLS, BUT I DO KNOW THAT FROM MONTH TO MONTH, IT WILL BE DISCOUNTED.

UH, THERE WON'T BE ANY BURDEN ON THE CONSUMER TO CARRY A DEBT, I GUESS, IS, UH, IS ONE WAY TO PUT IT AND THEN BEING REIMBURSED.

SO 18 TEAS, UM, JUST COUNTING THE SERVICES AND THEN WERE REIMBURSED BY THE FTC THROUGH THE PROGRAM.

UM, AS FAR AS PROMOTION, UM, I'VE, I WROTE THAT ONE DOWN.

I, I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT WILL WORK.

WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS, UM, YOU ALL MIGHT BE FAMILIAR WITH ACCESS FROM AT AND T, WHICH ARE, WHICH IS OUR CURRENT EXISTING LOW COST BROADBAND OFFER, UM, FOR $10 A MONTH.

AND THAT ONE, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM.

SO IF A HOUSEHOLD IS, UM, IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN ACCESS, THEN THEY BASICALLY WOULD HAVE A $0 BILL.

THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO APPLY THAT ACCESS FROM AP AND P LINE TO VISION TO THIS.

UM, BUT I'LL CHECK ON OTHER PROMOS FOR YOU.

AND THEN I THINK THERE WAS MAYBE ONE OR TWO MORE QUESTIONS, AS FAR AS THE CITY OF AUSTIN HELPING, UM, THE FCC HAS SET UP LIKE A WEB FORM FOR ORGANI ORGANIZATIONS THAT WANT TO BECOME OUTREACH PARTNERS.

AND SO YOU CAN GO ON THEIR WEBSITE AND YOU CAN BECOME MORE OF A FORMAL OUTREACH PARTNER SO THAT YOU CAN HELP PUSH OUT THE INFORMATION TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS OR, UM, WHOEVER YOU WANT, AS FAR AS, UH, PARTNERING ON AP AND T SPECIFIC PROMOTIONS.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE ANY FORMAL CHANNELS FOR THAT, BUT I'M OF COURSE, HAPPY TO DO THAT WITH YOU AS WE KIND OF WORKED, WORKED TOGETHER IN THE PAST.

UM, IF THAT'S HELPFUL.

UM, AND THEN THE DEVICE REIMBURSEMENT, I THINK THAT'S A LITTLE BIT SIMILAR TO THE OTHER QUESTION THAT I NEED TO CIRCLE BACK WITH YOU ALL ON.

I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT THE MENU OF DEVICES WILL BE.

LIKE I SAID, I IMAGINE THEY'RE, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE AT AND T DEVICES.

WE CAN ONLY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR, UM, FOR OUR DEVICES, BUT I WILL I'LL CHECK ON IF WE KNOW WHAT WILL BE AVAILABLE AND HOW THAT MIGHT WORK.

THANK YOU, AARON.

I KNOW THAT THE COMMISSION OF A DACA HAD A QUESTION.

GOOD.

THANK YOU.

UH, AND FIRST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AND TELLING US ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS, UH, THE FIRST, UH, ANY IDEA OF WHEN THE, THE FORM WILL GO LIVE ON THE FCC WEBSITE.

UM, AND THEN SECONDLY IS AT AND T DOING ANYTHING TO PROMOTE THE PROGRAM ON SOCIAL MEDIA, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, UH, OR OTHER MEANS.

YEP.

SO WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'LL GO LIVE.

UM, WE'VE BEEN TOLD APRIL 26 IS KIND OF A ROUGH DATE FOR WHEN THEY WENT TO LUNCH.

UM, SO I CAN'T IMAGINE IT WILL BE BEFORE THAT.

UM, BUT THAT'S THE ONLY DATE THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN FROM THE FCC.

SO, SO WE'RE KIND OF COUNTING ON THAT DATE AS FAR AS PLANNING GOES.

AND THEN AS FAR AS PROMOTION, UM,

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WE WILL BE LIKELY PUSHING OUT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS, UH, AT A MINIMUM.

AND WE, WE MAY BE DOING MORE.

I'M NOT AWARE OF THAT, BUT I CAN CHECK.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

LET'S DO A QUICK SCAN TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.

COMMISSIONER ISLAND.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YEAH, I HAVE A COUPLE, UM, WHEN I LOOKED AT THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS, UM, AND IT LOOKS PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD, BUT WHAT IS THE, UM, TIMELINE IT TAKES FOR SOMEBODY TO SUBMIT THE FORMS ACTUALLY BE NOTIFIED THAT THEY WERE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM.

AND WHEN DOES THE CREDIT GET APPLIED AND START BEING APPLIED? UM, AND MY SECOND QUESTION WAS, YOU MENTIONED OTHER, UM, CARRIERS MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM.

ARE THEY, DOES THE PERSON THAT, UM, SUBMITS THE FORM HAVE TO BE A CURRENT CUSTOMER OF SAY A T AND T TO QUALIFY FOR THAT DISCOUNT? UM, AND IF THEY'RE NOT, IS THERE A PROCESS TO KIND OF SWITCH OVER FOR THAT? UM, AND THEN MY LAST IS MORE KIND OF A THOUGHT, CAUSE I KNOW YOU'RE NOT A HUNDRED PERCENT SURE ON HOW THE PROMOTION PROCESS IS GOING TO GO, BUT I THINK SHARING HOW THEY CAN, YOU KNOW, GO AND SUBMIT ONLINE AND THE FORM, IF THEY DON'T HAVE INTERNET WOULD BE, SHOULD BE PART OF THAT PROMOTION PROCESS AND, YOU KNOW, RIGHT.

OKAY.

YEP.

I'VE NOTED THAT IN.

SO LET'S SEE, UM, AS FAR AS APPLICATIONS TIME, UM, THAT AGAIN IS AN FCC THING, BUT WE HAVE HEARD THAT, UH, IN SOME INSTANCES IT COULD TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND IF, IF FOR SOME REASON, UM, THEY NEED TO DO CHECKING.

IT CAN TAKE LONGER.

THAT'S ALL WE'VE BEEN TOLD ON THAT.

UH, THEN THE ELIGIBILITY PIECES IS MORE OF THE FCC, UM, REIMBURSEMENT TIMING, UH, AS FAR AS I KNOW, OR AS I UNDERSTAND IT AND OUR TEAM, IT SHOULD BE IMMEDIATE.

UH, LIKE I SAID, THERE'S NO, UM, LIKE CREDIT IN FEBRUARY FOR SERVICES FROM JANUARY.

SO THE DISCOUNT SHOULD SHOW IMMEDIATELY TO OUR, TO OUR CUSTOMERS.

UM, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A CURRENT CUSTOMER TO ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM.

YOU ONLY HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO ENROLL IN THE SERVICES THAT 18 P ETC ELIGIBLE AND THE PROCESS TO KIND OF SWITCH OVER, LIKE YOU SAID, WILL BE INCLUDED IN THAT ENROLLMENT PROCESS.

SO IT'LL LOOK THE SAME FOR AN EXISTING CUSTOMER VERSUS A NEW CUSTOMER AS FAR AS ENROLLING ONCE DETERMINED THAT YOU'RE ELIGIBLE.

UM, AND, AND I, AND I MADE A NOTE ABOUT YOUR, YOUR PROMOTION SUGGESTION, AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THAT COMMISSIONER ISLANDS.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO CHIME IN ON THAT NOTE BECAUSE I DEFINITELY WANT TO REITERATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS, UH, TO THIS BODY.

THAT THERE'D BE A WAY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THEN GET THIS AFFORDABLE EMERGENCY ACCESS, UH, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THIS BODY.

UM, DEFINITELY ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO A FOLLOW-UP ON SPECIFIC WAYS THAT AT AND T WILL BE PROMOTING AND, AND HOW WE CAN CAN HELP.

I KNOW THAT WE DO APPRECIATE THE DIRECTIONS OF THE WEBSITE AND HOW THAT'S CDC IS MARSHALING ORGANIZATIONS THAT, THAT WANT TO HELP.

AND YET AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE ALL ABOUT HYPER-LOCAL HERE AND, AND, AND, UH, THE PARK ELABORATIONS ARE VERY SOUND SO WITH THE RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH AT AND T LOCALLY, WE'RE HOPING THERE'S A WAY FOR US TO DIRECTLY BE INVOLVED IN LOCAL PROMOTION AS A BODY.

ABSOLUTELY HAPPY TO WELL WITH THAT.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS BEFORE WE MOVE ON IN OUR AGENDA FOR ERIN? OKAY, WELL, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO DO IT.

THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH FOR BEING THE FIRST OF OUR LOCAL CARRIERS TO PROVIDE INPUT ON THIS EMERGENCY, UH, BENEFIT PROGRAM.

UH, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT STEPS AND, AND WHAT UNFOLDS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME AND I'VE GOT MY ITEMS FOR UP.

AND SO, UM, I'LL, I'LL BE IN TOUCH SOON.

THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH, AARON.

ALL RIGHT, WITH THAT, THEN WE'LL GO AHEAD AND PROCEED TO AGENDA ITEM THREE NEW BUSINESS

[3a. Grant for Technology Opportunities Program – 2021 Award Recommendations and Vote for Approval (Discussion and Possible Action)]

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION, UH, BEGINNING WITH A, UH, THE GRANT FOR TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM THE 2021 AWARD RECOMMENDATIONS AND VOTE FOR APPROVAL.

SO ONE OF THE ITEMS INCLUDED IN THAT OUTLOOK INVITATION WAS THE INITIAL, THE FINAL RECOMMENDATION.

UH,

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JESSE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO, SINCE YOU WERE KIND ENOUGH TO DRAFT UP THIS DOCUMENT, WOULD YOU LIKE TO, UH, MARSHALL THIS CONVERSATION AND JUMP IN WITH YOUR MEMO? SURE, SURE.

PITS.

I'M HAPPY TO JESSE RODRIGUEZ WITH TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN REGULATORY AFFAIRS, I'LL DO A QUICK RUN THROUGH OF THE MEMORANDUM, UM, ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, A QUICK OVERVIEW OF G TOP SINCE WE HAVE A FEW NEW COMMISSIONERS.

UM, ALTHOUGH THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT IS, UH, FAMILIAR TO THE, UH, THE REST OF THE COMMISSION, I WANT TO MAKE SURE AND KIND OF GIVE THAT QUICK OVERVIEW FOR EVERYBODY.

SO THIS ITEM IS FOR THE 2021 GRANT FOR TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM, THE APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS JUST CONCLUDED LAST WEEK.

AND WE'RE COMING TO THIS COMMISSION TODAY, UH, PROPOSING THE 11 AWARDEES OF THAT GRANT, UH, TO TAKE A STEP BACK.

THE PURPOSE OF G TOPS IS TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS TO AUSTIN ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROMOTE RESIDENT ACCESS TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, OR THAT OFFER LITERACY PROGRAMS THAT CREATE DIGITAL OPPORTUNITIES AND FOSTER DIGITAL INCLUSION, PARTICULARLY IN UNDERSERVED SEGMENTS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

DETOX HAS THREE DEFINED GOALS TO INCREASE THE USE OF DIGITAL AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY DEVICES TO INCREASE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF DIGITAL AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AND USAGE OF THE INTERNET.

SO THAT'S A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW.

UH, G TOPS IS AGAIN, A GRANT FOR NONPROFITS IN THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY DOING DIGITAL EQUITY WORK.

SO, UH, THERE THERE'S A TOTAL OF $400,000 IN GTS FUNDS AVAILABLE EVERY YEAR, SPLIT BETWEEN THREE PATHWAYS.

THE RECOMMENDATION IN FRONT OF US TODAY IS FOR THE G TOPS CORE PATHWAY, WHICH IS OUR LARGEST ONE AND REPRESENTS $300,000 OF THAT FUNDING.

THE LETTERS OF INTEREST FOR THIS PATHWAY G TUFTS CORE WERE ACCEPTED FROM NOVEMBER 1ST THROUGH JANUARY 8TH, AND THE GRANT APPLICATIONS WERE ACCEPTED FROM JANUARY 18TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 12TH, UH, THAT THIS COMMISSION APPOINTED THE VOLUNTEER GRANT REVIEW PANEL, WHICH WAS COMPRISED OF SEVEN QUALIFIED COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES AND CHAIR PITS ACTED AS THE EX-OFFICIO CHAIR OF THAT REVIEW PANEL.

IN TOTAL, WE RECEIVED 29 APPLICATIONS FOR G TUFTS, 2021, AND, UH, THROUGH TWO ROUNDS OF SCORING, UH, HAVE, UH, BROUGHT THAT DOWN TO A RECOMMENDATION OF THE, UH, OF 11 FUND FUND, THESE AWARDEES, UM, THE WAY THAT, UH, WE HAVE SOME FUNDING AND RANKING GUIDELINES.

AND SO I'LL LAY THOSE OUT REALLY QUICK.

UM, ON THE SECOND PAGE HERE, THE FULL AND PARTIAL AWARDS, UH, WE, WE EVALUATED FULL AND PARTIAL AWARDS FOR EACH G TOPS GOAL AREA.

UM, THERE AGAIN WAS $300,000 IN TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE.

THE MINIMUM THAT WE WOULD AWARD TO ANY ORGANIZATION IS 70% OF WHAT THEY REQUEST THAT IS BECAUSE ANYTHING BELOW 70%, WE HAVE HEARD FROM ORGANIZATIONS THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO KIND OF RETOOL A PROGRAM, UH, TO, TO MEET THAT MUCH OF A SIGNIFICANT BUDGET, CUT THE HIGHEST SCORES, RECEIVED THE HIGHEST AWARD RECOMMENDATIONS AND LOWER SCORING, BUT STILL ABOVE AVERAGE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED PARTIAL AWARD RECOMMENDATION, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS AS APPROPRIATE.

WE DO TRY AND DRIVE CONSENSUS THROUGH THE FINAL DELIBERATION OF THE PANEL, WHICH OCCURRED LAST WEEK.

THE, UH, THE RECOMMENDATION BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS THE PRIMARY PREFERENCE OF FIVE OF THE SEVEN REVIEWERS, BUT ENDED UP RECEIVING FULL SUPPORT FROM ALL SEVEN REVIEWERS.

THE, UH, FUNDING METHODOLOGY THAT WE SETTLED ON FOR THE 11 AWARDEES, UH, IS AS FOLLOWS PRIORITY, WAS GIVEN TO FUNDING AS MANY ORGANIZATIONS AS POSSIBLE WITH 11 ORGANIZATIONS BEING THE UPPER LIMIT THAT WE COULD REACH ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE, UH, RECEIVE LESS FUNDING.

THE LOWER THEIR SCORE, UH, WAS AS FUNDING AND LIMITS ALLOW THE FIRST PLACE AWARD.

HE RECEIVED 100% OF THE REQUESTS REQUEST WITH EACH TEMPLATE, SUBSEQUENT AWARDEE RECEIVING 5% LESS THAN THE PREVIOUS AWARDEE.

AND THE AWARDS WERE THEN REDUCED FROM THE BOTTOM UP, UH, TO KIND OF TUNE TUNE IT TO OUR $300,000, $300,000 BUDGET THERE.

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UH, IN, IN TUNING THESE THINGS, THERE'S ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT OF OVERHANG IN THIS CASE, IT WAS 2.1% OF, UH, ONE ORGANIZATIONS REQUESTS.

SO ONE ORGANIZATION RECEIVED AN ADDITIONAL 2.1, 4% OF THEIR REQUESTS TO KIND OF SPEND ALL OF THE FUNDS.

AND, UH, THE TABLE HERE REPRESENTS THE, UH, RECOMMENDED FUNDING, INCLUDING THE FILM SOCIETY OF AUSTIN COMMUNITY TECH NETWORK, AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS COMMUNICATION SERVICES FOR THE DEAF TEXAS SPOKE LIFE, AUSTIN SPEECH LABS, ANTHROPOS ARTS, GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL TEXAS, AND AUSTIN FREE NET WITH THE PERCENT, UH, OF THEIR REQUEST IN THE SECOND TO LAST COLUMN AND THE AWARD AMOUNT IN THE LAST, UM, WITH THAT I WOULD ASK FOR THE COMMISSION'S CONSIDERATION OF THIS RECOMMENDATION AND A FORMAL VOTE, UH, TO APPROVE THESE, THIS RECOMMENDATION.

AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANYTHING, ANY QUESTIONS THAT THE PA THE COMMISSION HAS.

THANK YOU, JESSE.

LET'S LET'S GO AHEAD AND OPEN IT UP BRIEFLY FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THAT'S A VERY GOOD SYNOPSIS OF EVERYTHING THAT TOOK PLACE.

UH, THERE'D BE A QUESTION.

CAN YOU SCOOP THEN? YEAH, JUST A QUICK QUESTION.

I'LL DO 11 RECOMMENDED RECIPIENTS.

HOW MANY ARE REPEAT RECIPIENTS? YOU KNOW, HOW MANY OF YOU, YES.

THREE PROGRAMS HAVE NEVER RECEIVED G TUFTS CORE FUNDING BEFORE EIGHT OF THE PROGRAMS HAVE.

THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW.

YOU'RE WIDENING THE NET.

THANK YOU.

ABSOLUTELY.

YEAH, WE'RE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HAVE MORE FOLKS, JESSE, OF THOSE THREE THAT ARE RECEIVING FUNDING FOR THE FIRST TIME.

HAVE ANY OF THEM APPLIED IN THE PAST? DO YOU KNOW OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD? UH, HELLO, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

UH, I DO HAVE THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE.

IF YOU BEAR WITH ME FOR TWO MOMENTS, WE HAVE ONE, ONE OF THOSE THREE WAS A PREVIOUS APPLICANT.

UH, THE OTHER TWO WERE COMPLETELY NEW TO G TOPS.

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

DID YOU HEAR THAT COMMISSIONER? YES.

THANK YOU.

GREAT QUESTIONS.

UH, WELL, IF THERE ARE NO OTHER QUESTIONS, I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION, PLEASE.

COMMISSIONER ISLAND, SINCE I'M NEEDED THIS, UM, HOW, WHAT GOES INTO THE SELECTION PROCESS AND OF THE, HOW MANY APPLICANTS WERE THERE? SURE.

SO THERE WERE A TOTAL OF, UH, WELL, I DON'T HAVE IT, UH, GIVE ME ONE MOMENT.

THERE'S THE FIRST STEP IN THE PROCESS IS THE, UH, ORGANIZATIONS SUBMIT LETTERS OF INTEREST.

WE RECEIVED 37 LETTERS OF INTEREST REPRESENTING 35 UNIQUE APPLICANTS, UM, IN, UH, THERE'S A, UH, THE LETTER OF INTEREST PROCESS.

ISN'T AN ELIMINATION ROUND.

WE JUST PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO THE ORGANIZATIONS.

UM, AND SO WHEN IT CAME TO TIME TO SUBMIT FULL APPLICATIONS, WE RECEIVED 29 AND OF, UH, THE, THE SCORING PROCESS AT THAT POINT, AS WE GO THROUGH THROUGH, THROUGH, UH, TWO ROUNDS OF SCORING THE PANEL DOES IN ROUND ONE HALF OF THE PANELISTS, UH, REVIEW HALF OF THE APPLICATIONS.

SO WE HAVE ONE PANEL OF FOUR REVIEWERS, ONE PANEL OF THREE REVIEWERS, UM, AND EACH OF THOSE PANELS CONSIDERS HALF OF THE APPLICATIONS AND, AND OFFERS THEIR SCORES, THE TOP SCORING, UH, 20 ORGANIZATIONS MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND, UM, IN BETWEEN OR AFTER ROUND ONE SCORING, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL REVIEWERS TO ASK QUESTIONS OF ANY OF THE, UH, APPLICANTS MOVING ON TO THE NEXT STAGE, THROUGH AN EMAIL BASED PROCESS.

UH, ALL QUESTIONS ARE SUBMITTED TO ME, AND THEN I SUBMIT THE QUESTIONS TO THE APPROPRIATE ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDE ALL OF THE RESPONSES BACK TO THE WHOLE PANEL.

UH, AND THOSE, UH, THOSE THAT ROUND OF Q AND A KIND OF INFORMS ROUND TWO SCORING, UH,

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WHICH IS ALL PANELISTS REVIEWING ALL OF THE REMAINING ORGANIZATIONS IN, UH, WHAT WE DID THIS YEAR WAS THREE WEB CONFERENCE SESSIONS AT TWO HOURS A PIECE, UM, AND, UH, THAT RESULTED IN FINAL SCORES FROM EACH COMMISSION OR EACH REVIEW REVIEWER.

AND THEN THE, UH, SCORES, THE FINAL SCORES ARE AVERAGED ACROSS ALL OF THE SCORES.

AND THAT PROVIDES US WITH THE FINAL SCORE.

UM, WHEN, WHEN ITEM TO NOTE IS THAT ONE OF THE THINGS WE ADDED THIS YEAR IS A, UH, BONUS POINT SYSTEM.

UH, SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BONUS POINTS THAT ORGANIZATIONS CAN QUALIFY FOR JUST BASED ON, UH, THINGS LIKE THE CLIENTS THAT THEY SERVE.

IF THE CLIENT DEMOGRAPHIC IS A G TOPS PRIORITY DEMOGRAPHIC, UH, THE ORGANIZATION WILL QUALIFY FOR SOME BONUS POINTS, SMALLER ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE, UH, ORGANIZATIONAL REVENUES BELOW A MILLION DOLLARS ALSO ARE QUALIFIED FOUR OR FIVE BONUS POINTS.

UM, AND, UH, THERE'S, THERE'S A COUPLE MORE THAT ESCAPED MY, MY IMMEDIATE, UH, MIND, BUT THOSE, THOSE BONUS POINTS ARE APPLIED AT, AT THE, UH, AT THE END AND INFORMED THE FINAL RANKING.

DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION FOCUS? IT WAS FOCUS AREA.

UM, IT FOCUSED HERE WITH ONE OF THE OTHER KEY AREAS AS WELL, JUST TO, YOU KNOW, COMMISSIONER ISLAND.

AND IT'S VERY HELPFUL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WALKING ME THROUGH THAT.

ABSOLUTELY GREAT QUESTION.

VERY GOOD QUESTION.

AND ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE'RE SO APPRECIATIVE OF THE REVIEW PANEL, UM, AND WHY, AND ONE OF OUR SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS WE WERE LOOKING TO, UH, MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE ACKNOWLEDGED, RIGHT.

AND SO PART OF THAT FORMAL PROCESS IS MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE ALL GOING TO GET CERTIFICATES FROM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE THAT SHOW APPRECIATION FOR THEIR WORK FOR OUR CITY.

AND IN THIS REVIEW, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR JESSE OR, OR ABOUT THESE PRESENTED AWARDEES AND, AND SPLITS, IF NOT, UH, THEN I MOVE, IF NOT, THEN I MOVE TO APPROVE, UH, THIS LIST OF AWARD RECOMMENDATIONS WE HAVE.

UH, THANK YOU.

UH, WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER DASGUPTA WITH THAT, THEN WE'LL GO AHEAD AND DO A VOTE ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING, UH, THESE G TOPS 2021 WE'RE RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND PLEASE SAY, AYE, AND SHOW YOUR HAND.

IS THERE ANYONE OPPOSED? NOPE.

IS THERE ANYONE ABSTAINING? OKAY.

AND WE HAVE APPROVED THESE, UH, THIS, UH, ROUND, UH, ROUTED THIS FINAL, UH, G TUFTS 2021 AWARD RECOMMENDATIONS BY A VOTE OF 10.

NO, EXCUSE ME.

NINE TO ZERO.

THANK YOU WITH THAT.

THEN WE'LL GO AHEAD AND PROCEED IN OUR AGENDA ON A NEW BUSINESS TO AGENDA ITEM THREE, B

[3b. Council Vote Tablature (Discussion and Possible Action)]

COUNCIL VOTE, TABLATURE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION.

UH, NOW WE DID HAVE, UH, A COMMISSIONER THAT WAS, UH, LEADING THE REQUIREMENTS, GATHERING EFFORT ON THIS, UH, FROM OUR LAST MEETING AND, UH, HAS SHOWN LEADERSHIP IN THIS AMONGST A VARIETY OF THINGS.

SO I'D LIKE TO HAND IT OVER IF I COULD, THE COMMISSIONER, UH, YATES, UH, SHE GOT ANY THOUGHTS OR FEEDBACK BASED ON, UH, YOUR, YOUR WORK ON THIS, RIGHT.

OKAY.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT, UH, THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE HERE AND WE CAN GO AHEAD WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION THEN YOU'RE PRETTY MUCH SET ON THAT.

SO DID WE HAVE THE, UH, THE, THE LANGUAGE TO AGREE UPON, RIGHT.

UH, TRIPADVISOR, IS THAT

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STAFF? YES, I'M SORRY.

UH, JESSE, UH, BECAUSE TO MY UNDERSTANDING THERE WAS, UH, STILL SOME OUTSTANDING UPDATES.

I FOUGHT FROM CTM THAT WERE GOING TO AFFECT THIS RECOMMENDATION TO SOME EXTENT, UH, THERE, THERE, THERE MAY BE.

UM, I DON'T, I DON'T ACTUALLY SUSPECT THAT THERE ARE, THERE WILL BE.

UM, BUT I, I ALSO DON'T HAVE ANY DRAFT LANGUAGE, UH, FOR THE COMMISSION TO CONSIDER IF THAT WAS AN EXPECTATION.

UM, WELL, I, I ADMIT, UH, I, I DIDN'T HAVE THAT EXPECTATION.

I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT, UM, BASED UPON, UH, THE FOLLOW-UP, UH, MY UNDERSTANDING WAS THAT WE LEFT IT AT A POINT WHERE WE NEEDED TO GET FEEDBACK FROM CTM SPECIFICALLY ON WHAT STAFF AND OR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS MIGHT BE, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER EXPENSE THEY WOULD INCUR FROM A RESOURCE STANDPOINT, TO HELP US WITH THIS IN LIEU OF OPEN AUSTINS AND THEN US KIND OF WAITING TO SEE WHEN THEY WANT TO OPEN AUSTIN CAN DO IT.

UH, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING FROM CTM.

AND SO WE MIGHT STILL BASICALLY BE IN THE SAME HOLDING PATTERN, UH, THAT WE WERE IN, IN TERMS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION.

RIGHT.

YEAH.

AND SO WE HAD ORIGINALLY REACHED OUT TO OPEN AUSTIN TO ASSIST WITH, UH, UH, HELPING US OUT WITH, OR SEEING IF THERE WAS A WAY TO JUST HAVE A DATA CRAWLER, UH, PULL THE DATA FROM WHEREVER THIS, THIS DATA CURRENTLY EXISTS.

I BELIEVE IT'S IN PDFS.

UM, AND WE, UH, YOU KNOW, AFTER THE WINTER STORM IT'S BEEN, UH, DIFFICULT TO, UH, COMMUNICATE WITH OPEN AUSTIN.

SO WE HAD DISCUSSED TRYING TO WORK WITH CTM TO POTENTIALLY GO DOWN THAT ROAD.

UM, I, UH, SO THOSE, THOSE QUESTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED IN, UH, AS OF YET IN TERMS OF IF THERE WOULD BE ANY STAFF THAT COULD HELP US, UH, HELP US OUT WITH THAT.

UM, SO THAT THAT'S POTENTIALLY, UH, OUTSTANDING.

UM, IF, IF THE QUESTION RELATES TO SOCRATA, UH, I, I, I DON'T THINK THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE ANY COST, UH, OR CONCERN RELATED TO OUR ABILITY TO, UH, GENERATE THAT DATA IN SPREADSHEET FORMAT AND POST IT TO THE OPEN DATA PORTAL, BECAUSE OUR, UH, RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCRATA IS, UH, YOU KNOW, WE, WE HAVE A VERY ROBUST SUBSCRIPTION, UH, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE ANY DATA LIMITS ON, UH, THE USAGE OF THE PORTAL.

UM, SO FROM THAT LENS, THERE, THERE WOULDN'T BE ANY, ANY ADDITIONAL, UH, EXPENSE, BUT IF THERE'S ANY STAFFING REQUIRED FOR THAT EFFORT, THEN THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING I DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER TO.

SO HAVE WE GIVEN UP ON TRYING TO GET THE BOOKS OFFICE TO ACTUALLY TAKE CARE OF THIS AS THEY HAD ORIGINALLY PROMISED IN OUR LAST COMMUNICATION WITH THE CLERK'S OFFICE, UH, IT WAS INDICATED THAT, UH, IT WAS THAT THEY'RE AWARE OF THE REQUEST, BUT THAT IT WAS NOT A PRIORITY, UH, BASED ON, YOU KNOW, JUST COMPETING PRIORITY AND LIMITATIONS OF STAFF TIME.

UM, SO WHAT I, UH, I DON'T EXPECT TO GET ANY MORE ATTRACTION WITH THE CLERK'S OFFICE WITHOUT SOME TYPE OF ACTION BY, UH, YOU KNOW, PERHAPS CITY COUNCIL OR PLACING IT ON CITY COUNCILS, UH, AGENDA FOR CONSIDERATION.

SO, UH, TO THAT END, UH, COMMISSIONER GATES, UH, I THINK WE HAD DISCUSSED, YOU KNOW, GOING TO THAT EXTENT, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT INTERESTED YOU, UH, I KNOW THE TOPIC INTERESTS YOU, BUT IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN PERSONALLY GOING AND BEING PART OF THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TO SPEAK ON THIS, UH, AT A CITY COUNCIL MEETING, UM, I THINK THAT MAYBE ONE OF THE ANGLES, SO WE COULD APPROACH THIS TO GIVE IT THE LEVEL OF PRIORITY DESERVES WELL, UH, I CAN MAKE A SCHEDULED APPEARANCE OF CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

AND AT THIS POINT, WOULD I SAY THAT I AM REPRESENTING THE, UH, THE COMMISSION HERE IN REQUESTING THIS, UH, I THINK YOU HAVE THE, UH, AUTHORITY

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YOU CERTAINLY HAVE, UH, MY KNOWLEDGE WAS CHAIR.

I'M NOT SURE IF THERE'S A FORMAL, UH, UH, PROHIBITION TO THAT AT ALL OR NOT.

JESSE, CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT? SO THAT THAT'S A COMPLETELY FINE, THAT'S ONE PATH THAT COULD BE TAKEN.

UH, YOU, YOU ALL COULD ALSO JUST VOTE ON A, UH, A COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDA REQUEST, UH, TO SEND IT THROUGH THAT PATHWAY AS WELL.

AND SHOULD YOU, SHOULD YOU ALL VOTE ON, ON THAT? UH, YOU KNOW, I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT WE DON'T HAVE FULL, FULL, UH, LANGUAGE IN FRONT OF US TO VOTE ON, BUT IF THE, UH, INTENT OF THE COMMISSION IS CLEAR, UM, I, I, I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE COULD JUST, YOU KNOW, DRAFT THE WHEREAS STATEMENTS, UH, IN COORDINATION WITH COMMISSIONER, UH, YATES AND ANYBODY ELSE THAT WANTED TO PARTICIPATE AND, AND HAVE THAT SUBMITTED AS LONG AS THE INTENT OF THE, UH, COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDA REQUEST IS CLEAR AND VOTED ON IN, IN A MEETING.

OKAY.

JESSE, COULD YOU REFRESH THE MEMORY OF THE PERMISSION HERE? WE HAD VOTED ON A RESOLUTION, BUT WE NEVER VOTED ON THE, UH, OUTSOLD AGENDA REQUEST, IS THAT CORRECT? SO I'D HAVE TO REACH BACK INTO MY MEMORY BANKS HERE.

UH, THIS, THIS WE HAVE, UH, YEAH, I THINK, I THINK THAT'S ACCURATE.

LET ME SEE IF I CAN FIND THAT IN MY, YEAH.

THIS HAS BEEN ON THE, UH, COMMISSION'S AGENDA FOR OVER A YEAR.

NOW.

IT BEGAN BEFORE COVID, UH, HIT WITH A CITIZEN COMMUNICATOR COMMUNICATOR, UH, ASKING THE COMMISSION TO TACKLE THIS, UH, ITEM DOES THE 2019, I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT.

COMMISSIONER DASGUPTA.

UH, I THINK THAT WE'RE, WE'RE CERTAINLY, UH, WE'RE COMFORTABLE AS A BODY WITH PURSUING THAT, UH, THAT AGENDA ITEM REQUEST.

THAT'S PROBABLY A BETTER USE OF COMMISSIONER GATES THIS TIME AND WITH, WITH, UH, ACCOMPLISH THE OBJECTIVE, THE WHEREAS STATEMENTS, I THINK, UH, I WOULD CERTAINLY BE HAPPY TO HELP COMMISSIONER GATES WITH THAT AND WELCOME ANYONE ELSE, BUT IT'S VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD.

UM, RIGHT.

I MEAN, YOU PROBABLY HAVE THE LANGUAGE ALREADY EFFECTIVELY IN YOUR COMMUNICATION TO THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE TO DRAFT FOR THE WAREHOUSE STATEMENT.

UM, BECAUSE AS YOU MENTIONED, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR OVER A YEAR, RIGHT? WHAT WE'VE GOT AT, WHO GOT THE, WHEREAS LANGUAGE FROM THE RESOLUTION, THE ORIGINAL RESOLUTION THAT WE CAN ESSENTIALLY JUST USE AGAIN, AND EXCEPT THIS TIME, IT WILL BE A COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL AGENDA REQUESTS, WHICH I BELIEVE HAS A LITTLE BIT MORE FORCE IN TERMS OF GETTING IT ON THE RADAR OF COUNCIL.

I COMPLETELY READ THAT.

I THINK WHEN YOU GO TO THE COUNCIL, THIS IS ALL WE WANT SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE.

IT'S GETTING SO COMPLICATED.

WELL, THAT IS, I THINK PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE'RE ASKING FOR SOMETHING SIMPLE AND EVERYONE IS COMING BACK AND SAYING, WE WANT SOMEONE WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING COMPLEX, BUT WE CAN'T DO IT NOW, WHICH IS THE CLASSIC APPROACH FOR A DELAYING PROJECTS.

IT'S ESSENTIALLY SAYING SO, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THEN I WILL TAKE IT ON AS AN ACTION ITEM TO DRAFT SOME, UH, UH, LANGUAGE FOR THE, UH, THIS AGENDA REQUEST POSSIBLE AGENDA REQUEST.

AND I'LL BE PASSING THAT BY JESSE.

AND THEN BY NEXT TIME, UH, NEXT MEETING, WE CAN GO DOWN THAT I, YOU KNOW, I VOLUNTEERED TO BE YOUR REVIEW, IF YOU WANT, IF YOU WANT A SECOND SET OF EYES TO LOOK AT IT, YOU KNOW, I'M BEGINNING TO FEEL BRANDED IN THIS TOPIC, BUT I'M TRYING TO DO MY BEST.

RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

I'LL TAKE YOU UP ON THAT OFFER.

YEAH.

WE'VE BEEN AT THIS A LONG TIME AND IT'S GOTTEN ANYWHERE, SO, UM, ALL RIGHT, LET'S DO THAT.

WE'LL SO, UH, I'LL START DRAFTING UP THE LANGUAGE AND PASS IT OFF TO, UH, UM, JESSE AND TO, UH, COMMISSIONER DESK.

OKAY.

UH, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GATES.

UH, AND JUST TO PUT SOME CONTEXT ON YOUR STATEMENT, UH, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S, IT'S, IT'S REGRETTABLE THAT THE WINTER DISASTER TOOK THE

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MOMENTUM THAT WE HAD, UM, AND THE, THE SPIRIT OF, UH, UH, OF, UH, CONTRIBUTION REALLY WELL, VOLUNTEERING, UH, ON THIS PROJECT FROM OPEN AUSTIN, HOPEFULLY WE'LL STILL BE ABLE TO ENGAGE THEM BECAUSE I THINK WE, WE, WE ALL KNOW GOT A VERY ROBUST COMMUNITY HERE, UH, BUT MEANWHILE, UH, WE STILL HAVE TO ADVANCE OUR OWN BALL AND GET THINGS DONE.

SO I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S UNDERSTANDING OF THAT, UH, AND LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

I THINK THAT'S GOING TO REALLY HELP THEM MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT GUESS.

I, I THINK YOU HAVE A QUESTION, SO LET ME GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO ASK IT.

THE QUESTION IS TO YOU, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE, UH, SEVERAL NEW MEMBERS.

I'M NOT SURE THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.

SO WOULD IT BE WORTHWHILE SPENDING A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO BRING THEM UP TO SPEED ON WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE? YOU'RE REFERRING TO VOTING TABLATURE.

YEAH, SURE, SURE.

WE SPOKE TO THE LAST COMMISSION MEETING WITH ALL OF OUR NEW MEMBERS, BUT, UH, YEAH.

UH, SO I'M LESS ANY OF OUR NEW COMMISSIONERS HAVE QUESTIONS.

UH, AGAIN, THE SPIRIT IS REALLY TO PROVIDE AN ACCOUNTING OF BOATS.

SO UNLESS ANY OF THE NEW COMMISSIONERS HAVE QUESTIONS, WE'RE GOING TO PROCEED IN OUR AGENDA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

NO, NO.

WE'LL GIVE THEM A CHANCE.

SO DO ANY OF THE NEW COMMISSIONERS HAVE QUESTIONS? OKAY.

OKAY.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT COMMISSION THAT'S KUTA.

AND THANK YOU FOR, FOR THAT COMMISSIONERS.

UH, LET'S PROCEED IN OUR AGENDA NOW TO AGENDA ITEM THREE C

[3c. Election of Officers (Discussion and Possible Action)]

AND THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS, UH, TO BEGIN WITH.

UH, I'D LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT I WOULD WELCOME A NOMINATION FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS YOUR CHAIR.

AGAIN, HOWEVER, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT I'M A SHOE WIN OR THAT MY REELECTION IS BINDING MEANS GUARANTEED, UH, WITH THAT, JESSE, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WE HAVE, UH, FROM A FORMAL PROCESS STANDPOINT FOR THIS, BECAUSE I KNOW, UH, AS WE DISCUSSED EARLIER WITH THE WORK PLAN, NOT BEING THE CURRENT WORK PLAN, NOT BEING ON THE WEBSITE, I WONDER IF, IF ALL THE COMMISSIONERS EVEN HAVE VISIBILITY TO ALL OF THE WORKING GROUPS, ALL OF THE MEMBERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THEM, AND THEN THEREFORE AN UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE AND, OR PROVIDE LEADERSHIP, HELLO, CHAIR PITS.

UH, THE CONTEXT THAT I WOULD OFFER VERY BRIEFLY IS JUST THAT THE, THIS, UH, DISCUSSION IS REALLY FOR THE FORMAL OFFICER ELECTIONS, UH, OF, OF THE COMMISSION BEING THE CHAIR AND THE VICE CHAIR.

WE ALSO HAVE, UH, TO YOUR POINT CHAIR PITS, UH, WORKING GROUPS, WHICH HAVE CHAIRS OF THEIR OWN, BUT WE'RE NOT LIMITED TO, UH, WE CAN HAVE THOSE VOTES AT ANY TIME.

WE'RE NOT LIMITED TO HAVING THOSE TODAY IN OTHER WORDS.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE COULD CHANGE THOSE OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR AS NEEDED.

UM, AND WE USUALLY SET THE CHAIRS AND THE WORKING GROUP TOPICS AT OUR ANNUAL RETREAT MEETING, WHICH I DON'T HAVE IT IN FRONT OF ME IS EITHER NEXT MEETING OR THE MEETING AFTER.

UM, SO I WOULD PROPOSE THAT WE FOCUS ON THE TWO FORMAL VOTES FOR, UH, THE COMMISSION OFFICERS OF CHAIR.

AND VICE-CHAIR, UM, YOU, I WOULD SUGGEST OPENING THE FLOOR FOR ANY, UH, WELL FIRST, IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO STATE THEIR INTENTION, YOU KNOW, I, I, I'VE HEARD YOURS CHAIR PITS, UM, YOU KNOW, TO, TO RUN ESSENTIALLY FOR ONE OF THE POSITIONS.

AND THEN SECOND STEP WOULD BE IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO, UH, NOMINATE ANYBODY ELSE OR, UH, YOU KNOW, NOMINATE ANYBODY ELSE, UM, FOR EITHER OF THOSE POSITIONS.

AND THEN WE CAN, UH, WITH THAT INFORMATION OF WHO'S INTERESTED AND WHO'S NOMINATED MOVE AHEAD WITH SOME VOTES.

THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

UH, SO WITH THAT, THEN, UH, I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND SEE IF THERE'S ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION.

UH, FOR CHAIR, I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION NEARBY A PITCH FOR THE CHAIR OF HIS CONDITION.

THIS IS MALCOLM V8, AND I SECONDED WELL, THANK YOU FOR THAT NOMINATION, UH, COMMISSIONER GATES.

AND FOR THAT SECOND, YOU MENTIONED DASGUPTA WITH THAT, THEN I'D LIKE TO BEFORE, OF COURSE WE HAVE A VOTE CONFIRM IF THERE'S ANYONE ELSE THAT'S INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR THIS ROLE.

OKAY.

WELL, I APPRECIATE THAT, UH, THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE, BUT WE'LL STILL GO AHEAD AND DO A FORMAL

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VOTE, UH, WITH THAT WE'LL GO AHEAD AND HAVE A VOTE FOR, UM, AFTER WERE EVEN SAYING THIS, BUT I VOTE TO REELECT TO REELECT ME AS THE CHAIR, UH, NEHEMIAH PITS, A THIRD OF THE COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY, AYE, AND SHOW YOUR HAND.

UH, ANYONE OPPOSED? I DID SAY I, BUT I'M GOING TO ABSTAIN JUST BECAUSE I ALWAYS FEEL WEIRD ABOUT IT.

UH, SO WITH THAT THEN, UH, I'M SORRY.

ANYWAY, AND THERE'S NO ONE OPPOSED.

SO WITH THAT, THEN WE HAVE A BOAT, UH, WITH TWO ABSENCES OF, UH, NINE, EXCUSE ME, EIGHT IN FAVOR, ZERO OPPOSED, AND ONE ABSTENTION.

AND THEN I'LL ASK IF THERE'S ANYONE WHO'D LIKE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION FOR VICE CHAIR.

I NOMINATED VICE-CHAIR ALEXANDER FOR ANOTHER YEAR AS VICE CHAIR.

THIS IS THE PRICEY RACE FOR NOT BEING HERE.

OKAY.

UH, I HAVE TO ADMIT, I WAS INTERESTED IN MAKING A NOMINATION AS WELL.

UM, BUT, UH, I WON'T, SINCE I DON'T HAVE TO, I WON'T TELL YOU, UH, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT HERE.

SO YOU GET TO JUST IMAGINE WHO I MIGHT HAVE NOMINATED, BUT, UH, THEY'RE NOT HERE.

SO, UH, I DON'T FEEL CAPABLE OF MAKING A NOMINATION, BUT THERE IS A NOMINATION TO, UH, NOMINATE VICE-CHAIR ALEXANDER, UH, FOR REELECTION DO HAVE A SECOND.

I'LL SECOND THAT MOTION.

OKAY.

WE HAVE, WE HAVE A NOMINATION BY COMMISSIONER DUSK SCOOP AND A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER YATES, UH, TO REELECT BY CHERYL ALEXANDER.

UH, SO WITH THAT, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND DO A VOTE ALL IN FAVOR OF RE-ELECTING VICE-CHAIR ALEXANDER, PLEASE SAY, AYE, AND SHOW YOUR HAND.

IS THERE ANYONE OPPOSED? ANYONE ABSTAINING? OKAY.

OKAY.

SO WITH THAT, THEN WE HAVE REELECTED VICE-CHAIR ALEXANDER WITH A VOTE OF NINE TO ZERO, AND THAT CONCLUDES THIS PART OF OUR AGENDA.

SO WITH THAT, THEN WE'LL GO AHEAD AND PROCEED TO COMMISSION UPDATES FOR, AND, UH, THANK YOU AGAIN, UH, FOR REELECT TO ME, UH, BUT, UH, BUT TONIGHT ITEM FOR

[4a. Digital Inclusion, Civic Engagement, and Strategic Technology and Telecom Policy Working Group]

A DIGITAL INCLUSION, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOM POLICY WORKING GROUP.

SO TO BEGIN WITH OBVIOUSLY, UH, THE MAJOR THING THAT WE'VE DONE, UH, AS A WORKING GROUP, UH, IS TO, UH, WITH YOUR HEALTH, UH, TO AWARD 11 ORGANIZATIONS SEE TUFTS FUNDING, UH, I THINK SHE'D ALL GIVE YOURSELVES A ROUND