The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:22 a.m.
Mr. Barr distributed copies of his work in progress--a contract for computing and telecommunications services between the HVCN and Isthmus Corporation, a commercial Internet service provider. Sandy Walke III, Isthmus Corporation President, has offered HVCN use of the Isthums system--Internet-connected computer, disk space, centrex, telephone line connections. Initially, HVCN would pay for its own modems and the monthly telephone line charges for those modems. The Board agreed that if the HVCN could raise $6,000 to give to Isthmus to pay for ten modems as well as ten phone lines for a year, we could open the HVCN system to the public. A small, operational system should help greatly in attracting HVCN memberships
Ms. Howard said we need to consider how the HVCN will achieve financial endurance. HVCN could follow the public braodcasting model, where people are asked for money to support a "public good." Or we might choose a "value added" model, where people receive "basic" services at no charge, and are asked to pay money to obtain services beyond those considered "basic." Ms. Head observed that HVCN's unique niche will be to provide easy, electronic access to community information.
Mr. Barr asked what to put in the Isthmus contract about a situation where the number of HVCN users slows the system for all its users, including Isthmus Corporation's paying customers. If the situation arises, HVCN could agree to discuss with Isthmus ways of resolving the overload. Mr. Weiss observed that this kind of problem would be avoided if HVCN had its own computer. He saw the sharing of the Isthmus Corporation's computer as an interim stage in the evolution of the HVCN.
Mr. Barr said a meeting of the Washtenaw County Comnet organizing group was scheduled to meet at the New Center in Ann Arbor on June 26, 1995 at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Hayes volunteered to attend the meeting.
Ms. Howard reported that the Institute for Community and Regional Development (ICARD) agreed to co-sponsor with HVCN a few meetings for Washtenaw County community leaders (including representatives from city governements, township governements, chanbers of commerce and labor and business organizations) to present to them what a community network could offer their communities. The meetings would be help in one of Eastern Michigan University's computer labs.
Mr. Hayes asked if an HVCN presentation could be given at an Ypsilanti Kiwnais Club meeting on June 28, 1995 in EMU's McKenney Union. Mr. Stanger said that he would be available to talk to the group.
Mr Weiss said that he would transfer the information from Ms. Howard's HVCN organizational web page to his HVCN prototype page on a machine at the University of Michigan's School of Information and Library Studies. When all the information was transferred, Ms. Howard said that Mr. Weiss could drop all pointers to her information page.
The next Board meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 a.m.
Keith Stanger, Secretary