The National Capital FreeNet Executive Committee met on the
12th of January 2002 at Master's Brew Pub, 330 Queen St. Ottawa.
Committee members present:David
Chris Cope, acting as Chair (and Secretary) called the
meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
The following matters were discussed:
Modems:The ED reported on steps taken to
replace the failing 3Com access servers noting that the Cisco AS5100 unit
(formerly at Mitel) was now functioning well on 45 of 48 ports, thanks to
the assistance of Cisco, and some donated assistance from 2 network
specialists from Qunara. The ED also reported that some used equipment
might be available from Carleton which could resolve problems on other
Action Item:ED/Sysadmin to determine suitability of
proposed Carleton equipment and if suitable enter into purchase discussions
Attribution: The Committee discussed the issue of allowing members to
use configurable Reply addresses on outgoing email. It was agreed that
this issue was not a Board or Policy issue, but nonetheless, the ED had
decided on a course of action. The ED recommended a simple operational
policy that would allow all valid NCF domains eg. “@ncf.ca” or
“@freenet.Carleton.ca” etc to be used, but only valid NCF UserIDs or PFAs.
Action Item:ED to prepare staff report outlining his
course of action and present it to the Board, for their information.
Disk Space Allocation: The committee discussed the Watt/Gigg motion
proposed for advancement to the AGM. It was thought that the issue was an
operational issue and fully within the ED’s mandate to determine policy.
The ED indicated that the matter of disk space allocation would be
considered in the context of existing member usage and demand and as part
of his development of strategies for attracting members and enhancing
services.It was noted that while the Board may have drafted some
NCF policies, in the main, matters such as this were among the various
operational policies, which are clearly regulations that the ED may change,
augment and/or eliminate.
Action Item:ED to review existing policy documents.
Ed to contact the Motion proponents to suggest that the motion be withdrawn,
but discuss the sort of things that might be in the works. Failing withdrawal,
the Motion will be presented to the Board at the February 19, 2002 Board
The ED provided an update on progress on NCF projects. He provided his
list of milestones for each and discussed timing issues.
March 15, 2002 is to be the
“soft-launch” date for the HRDC Thin Client project with a formal launch to
follow after the system is fully tested and after changes have been made to
The ED will present his detailed progress report to
the Board at the February 19, 2002 Board meeting.
Action Item: ED with the
assistance of Gary Eikenberry to prepare an RFP or perhaps an RFI describing
the development needs to put this system in place.
Results: The ED reported that while membership numbers had not
increased, donation revenue was $22K vs. our Budget of $15K for January.
vs. Global: Jim Elder presented his findings taken from a recent
analysis of usage and web statistics. A discussion ensued concerning “Who
should be allowed to use the NCF” Should it be anyone anywhere in the
World, or should we restrict membership to citizens of our region? No
clear consensus was reached, but the Committee did note certain issues
could arise following our introduction of new services that are more
virtual than physical as for our modem service.
Action Item: Jim Elder will prepare a report
together with his recommendations for consideration by the Board at the
February 19, 2002 Board meeting.
Adjournment: The meeting
was adjourned at 9:10 P.M.