TN Legislature Chooses Not To Allow Broadband Provider Competition

AT&T Celebrates, Tennessee Families Go Another Year Without Internet Hope

House panel kills compromise on EPB broadband expansion to underserved areas of Hamilton, Bradley counties

Federal appeals court deciding municipal broadband expansion

Is Broadband Expansion Synonymous with Crony Capitalism?

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In the UK, the legislative mood is toward empowering build out enthusiasts:

    Proposal to apply Code Powers to Broadband for the Rural North Limited

  • construct and maintain infrastructure on public land (streets) without needing to obtain a specific street works licence to do so;
  • benefit from certain immunities from the Town and Country Planning legislation; and
  • apply to the Court in order to obtain rights to execute works on private land in the event that agreement cannot be reached with the owner of that land.

Establishing World-Class Connectivity Throughout the UK

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Fiber to the Press Release

Industry watchers often categorize these announcements as “Fiber to the Press Release“: AT&T bringing gigabit Internet service to Louisville This is of particular interest keeping in mind the Kentucky Statewide fiber backbone project called KentuckyWired [and no, there are no plans for TennesseeWired, TNREN or such; our legislators are spending their resources fighting with the FCC (under the states’ rights rubric) the effect of which is to deny municipalities the ability to offer fiber networks even though incumbent telcos and cablecos have no intention of building them.]

When you have a global collaboration and innovation infostructure you can accomplish wonderful things like:

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 1)

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 2)


The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)


Update: Insight Application

Greg Cole, Director, Center for International Networking Initiatives, The University of Tennessee, the Principal Investigator and Director, GLORIAD, passed these links along about the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development:

Overview Movie: .mov (214 MB, download first, then play)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh speech re: GLORIAD Egypt launch: .mp4 (205 MB)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh talk re: GLORIAD and other efforts in India: .mp4 (39 MB)

AMCOST New GLORIAD Egypt/Africa effort: .mov .m4v Desktop Provides overview shots of the Africa Union Ministerial Meeting for Science and Technology, from March 7-10, 2010

GLORIAD/Tata Movie: Youtube

UT-produced Video re: GLORIAD: Youtube Greg Cole comments on GLORIAD’s role and potential

US NSF Press Release (Taj)

US State Dept Article

UT Quest Article

US NSF Press Release

GLORIAD dvNOC “click on GLORIAD-EARTH” tab to see live display of science applications using the network (updated every 10-15 seconds):

Recent GLORIAD newsletter from recent trip to India: (pdf)

Recent GLORIAD presentations

Zeeba, the Social Network Connecting the World of Science and Cyberinfrastructure



Bill Weber, WHYY Public Media’s VP and CTO, gave this presentation to the Philadelphia Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers on January 15, 2013 about KINBER / PennREN’s growing role in enabling Pennsylvania’s film industry.

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research is a non-profit coalition of Pennsylvania’s education, research, healthcare, economic development and other non-profit based communities.

PennREN, the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, is KINBER’s first project that will deliver a statewide platform for connecting its members through facilities-based fiber optic networking. PennREN will initially light over 1,600 miles of fiber on a middle-mile network that will connect over 70 locations.

Why should TN care?

FedGov (especially National Science Foundation) is recognizing the role of scientific discovery, research and education capabilities of #BigData on #HPC in the #Cloud. Getting the data into the cloud is the challenge best solved with symmetric gigabit upload and download speeds. Please see NSFCloud (CloudLab, Chameleon), and The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), etc. I am personally interested in #disintermedia applications such as those encouraged by the Knight News Challenge #Data, but I digress. TNREN would also allow us to meaningfully participate in Next Century Cities which may foster a GÉANT Association (see also DANTE) capability in the U.S. #education #film #genomics #healthcare #IoT #etc

Would like to know which Tennessee politicians will spearhead the building of Tennessee’s digital fiber backbone. Would be prudent if Nashville’s new mayor (I’m assuming there will still be an office of innovation) would be on board with the momentum I see coming from the likes of Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

Note also: Ohio’s OAR.Net, Kentucky’s KYwired initiatives (among others).

See also: Gigabit Libraries Network.

Resources On the Broadband as Utility Meme

Institute for Local Self-Reliance — Chris Mitchell et al

Gigabit Nation – Craig Settles

My Project Net-Work category


Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Craig Settles’ Blogroll

GÉANT Open Calls

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – WoT4LoA

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – SENSE

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – ARES

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – NSI-CONTEST

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – MEAL

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – CLASSe

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – eMusic

Bandwidth, Capacity, and the Economics of the [Google] Gigabit

With the promotion of Google Fiber in Nashville I want to put out pointers to experts who can give real data about how these kinds of projects actually work themselves out.

First up, Christopher Mitchell’s work at At with funding from the Media Democracy Fund. It was created and is maintained by the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative of the New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Here’s a good post with which to begin. Please take time to catch the Twit.TV video included as well.

PERSONAL BIAS ALERT: Until I hear otherwise, in the US context, open access networks appear to be the current gold standard / best practice. I’m open to conversation on this because I want the best long term situation for Nashville and TN as we develop the infrastructure to do data science and its related economic development.

UPDATE: Every Car [Village] A Wi-Fi Transceiver [Wi-Fi Mesh]

This just in: Automotive Ethernet Gains Momentum as Membership in OPEN Alliance SIG Continues to Surge – Non-Profit Alliance Welcomes Leading Automotive Manufacturers – Now More than 140 Members Strong

PR here

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How Mesh Networks Work

Mesh networks are not just experimental network architectures — they are actively being used to connect devices in a decentralized way. This video explains how mesh networks work, and how the concept can be employed more broadly. This video project was researched and created by the Berkman Center’s class of 2012 Summer Interns.

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Same song, different verse: Bertil van Vugt reports (via on “Village Telco: A WiFi-based mesh network that offers voice and data services anywhere”

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America Public Media reported today in “Future Tense” for June 27, 2008: “People who buy Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles next year will have the option of turning their cars and trucks into rolling wireless Internet hotspots. Chrysler’s UConnect will come as a dealer-installed option and will work over a cellular network. The company says people will be able to use laptop computers in their cars and trucks just as if they were in an office or home.”*

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<ed.note>Here’s a TED presentation from the founder of ZipCar on auto-based mesh networks.</ed.note>

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From the Archives of the week of December 22, 2003

Dana Blakenhorn helps by explaining the vision thing

<ed.note> Here in Tennessee, our Governor, Phil Bredesen, has announced, at the launch of a jobs program, funds would be available to “be used to develop a statewide broadband strategy”. Since I’m more interested in the “strategy” (see my <Project.Net-Work/> category) than the funds, I’m “blogpaining” for involvement on the task force — so please flame for me, flame for me.</ed.note>

Back when the bust was new, and new ideas by themselves were thought to be the cure for it, a friend told me of a great story from Mexico. A company making Wi-Fi set-ups would load them onto a Mexican trucking fleet, mainly to allow tracking of the fleet by a central station. But in the process they would deliver Wi-Fi service throughout rural Mexico.

Of course, the distances don’t work. When you map the trucks’ location to the location of people, you get a lot of service in the boondocks, and little where the people are. That’s part of the nature of long-distance hauling. People don’t like to live near it.

*But alert reader Ed Dodds has a variation on that he’s now pushing. Make every car in the U.S. a Wi-Fi transceiver. Do that, and you have a mesh network that does map to the population, because everyone has a car. It’s not perfect, because when you turn your car off, it’s off, and (in theory) so is the transceiver.

So in order for Dodds’ idea to work, you need an application so valuable that everyone will want it. Is it, perhaps, security, with LoJack as the “killer app?” Is it, perhaps, GPS, with mapping as the “killer app?” Is it, perhaps, entertainment, with satellite services (which use frequencies very close to current 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi) like Sirius and XM as the “killer app?”

The answer, of course, must be all of the above, and more. There’s a Clue here for clever entrepreneurs. You need to develop a product, plus a network, plus a network of applications in order to tie all this together. Yes, reception will be spotty at first, but links between cellular and Wi-Fi are coming, and software-defined radios are here.

Put Wi-Fi into cars, and all roads become part of a mesh network. Create a method (and reason) to leave those transceivers on all the time, and the U.S. becomes a giant Wi-Fi mesh!

Now that’s an Always-On platform you can fall in love with.