The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:26 a.m.
Mr. Barr distributed an agenda. The minutes of the meetings of February 8, 1995 and February 16, 1995 were distributed to Board members by electronic mail by Mr. Stanger. Approval of the minutes was deferred until the next meeting.
Mr. Stanger reported that he deposited Ms. Howard's Benefactor Membership contribution into the HVCN account on February 21, 1995.
Mr. Barr reported that he was still working on the filing with the Michigan Attorney General's office to license the HVCN to solicit charitable contributions. Mr. Barr also said he was still working on a response to the IRS regarding their questions about the 501(c)(3) application. Mr. Barr reminded the group about the visit of Apple Computer's Steve Cisler to the UM/SILS on March 9, 1995 to deliver a talk on community networks.
Ms. Head asked about raising money by creating institutional/organizational memberships. After discussion, the Board agreed to develop the concept of HVCN Founding Organizations that make suggested donations to HVCN based on organizational size/budget. The primary benefit to contributing organizations would be public recognition for supporting a useful community project. Ms. Howard volunteered to work on a draft of an organizational brochure.
Mr. Ogden said he participated in a meeting at the Ann Arbor Public Library on February 17, 1995 attended by members of HVCN's Technical Committee, and representatives of the Ann Arbor News (including Brian Leonard and David Wilkins) and the Ann Arbor Public Library. Mr. Barr also attended the meeting and reported that Mr. Leonard was interested in meeting again with the HVCN. Mr. Ogden said we might suggest to the Ann Arbor News that we work together to put a public terminal in the Ann Arbor Public Library and in some public schools that could be used to access the Ann Arbor News bulletin board system as well as the HVCN.
Ms. Head stated that an opportunity for a number of groups to work together, e.g., the Ann Arbor News, the Ann Arbor Public Library, GREX, and HVCN, would be to apply for a grant together.
Mr. Ogden observed that the HVCN Technical Committee should not design the HVCN system alone. They should get together with the Content Committee to shape a useful information environment. Mr. Barr reported that he was scheduled to meet with Mary Udoji on February 24, 1995 to discuss membership lists and content concepts.
Mr. Barr reported that the HVCN Technical Committee was talking about setting up both a gopher server and a world wide web server. Mr. Ogden expressed some concern about supporting both options, particularly when just starting out. Mr. Ogden thought that the two paths not only make extra work for the system developers/maintainers, but the choice of servers is confusing to information providers who must decide what information resources to make available and how to display them.
The Board supported the idea of putting time and energy into developing a working system and not creating a demonstration system as an interim step. When soliciting HVCN members, operational systems in other communities would be shown.
The Board agreed that the system should support VT100 terminal emulation and a minimum of 2400 bps. Mr. Ogden reported that the HVCN Technical Committee had been considering initially supporting 50 simultaneous sessions. Some Board members thought Washtenaw County communities would want us to support 250-300 simultaneous sessions. The question was raised as to how many dial-in users to support. Mr. Ogden observed that not all simultaneous sessions needed to be dial-in, and that in Ann Arbor, installation and support costs for one modem would be about $1,000.00 plus $38.00 per month. A Board member made the suggestion that perhaps organizations could sponsor one or more modem lines. Board members speculated that the HVCN might get between 4,000 and 10,000 accounts during the first twelve months.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 a.m.