Huron Valley Community Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes
June 7, 1995

Board Members Present:
Arnold Barr (Chair), Ed Hayes (Treasurer), Keith Stanger (Secretary), Mary Udoji

The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:22 a.m. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of May 31, 1995 was deferred until the next meeting. Mr. Hayes distributed copies of the HVCN financial report for the period ending May 31, 1995. The Treasurer's report was approved.

Mr. Barr introduced a motion to add Lemuel Amen to the HVCN Board of Directors. In addition to the approval of those in attendance at the last meeting and this meeting, email approval was received from Ms. Head and Mr. Ogden. The motion passed and Mr. Amen was elected to the HVCN Board.

Mr. Barr distributed draft copies of the contract he was writing for HVCN to receive computer and telecommunications services from the Isthmus Corporation. The agreement could not be binding until HVCN provides Isthmus Corporation with money for modems and telephone lines. While the money is being raised, HVCN committees will work on developing the structure of the HVCN service and the online registration procedures.

Mr. Barr said we should look at how other community networks are authenticating the approval of minors to have accounts on their systems.

Mr. Barr said he had some concern that the HVCN membership fee of $25/year would have an adverse effect on the memberships of already existing networks, e.g., grex, Arbornet. Mr. Hayes pointed out that, at least as of now, community members do not need to pay any money to use HVCN basic services. The $25/year entitles a person to be an HVCN member and to vote for the Board of Directors. Mr. Stanger said that we could limit the "threat" of HVCN to other local networks and commercial Internet providers by: 1) limiting the amount of file space allocated to each user; 2) limiting Internet access to selected sites on HVCN's menus; and, 3) limiting conference topics to those initiated by HVCN. In these areas, existing networks and Internet service providers, e.g., Isthmus Corporation, give users much more "freedom."

Mr. Barr said that after talking with Steve Weiss, chair of the HVCN Technical Committee, he wanted us to reconsider the notion of using HVCN vanity logins as fundraising tools. Originally, we had talked about giving HVCN registered users sequentially assigned usernames. Those willing to contribute $125 to HVCN would be allowed to choose their own username. Mr. Barr suggested that all users be allowed to choose their own usernames. If HVCN enters into a contract with the Isthmus Corporation, Mr. Weiss and the Technical Committee could advise us on what the options are on that system.

Mr. Barr reported that Mr. Weiss had been given space to put the HVCN prototype on a machine at the University of Michigan's School of Information and Library Studies (SILS). Three SILS students are working with the League of Women Voters to create a presence on the HVCN service.

Mr. Barr reported that the Detroit Comnet and the Ann Arbor New Center had called a meeting to discuss a Washtenaw County Comnet, to be held on Monday, June 26, 1995 at 1:00 p.m. at the New Center. Mr. Hayes volunteered to attend the meeting.

The next Board meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Stanger, Secretary