Don’t Skate To The Puck, Skate To Where Jeff Pulver Is – RE: HD Voice

<ed.note>I've learned about a decade ago if you want to know where the world is going to be 5 years from now in terms of technology that affects the average citizen you watch Andy Abramson, Ken Rutkowski and Jeff Pulver. Jeff watches and creates all
things telephony and he recently sent this missive out re: HD Voice. My advice: if
you have traditionally poopooed eHealth, telehealth, and ROWE in healthcare —
your game is about to change; your boat is about to be refloated; your canary is
about to molt; your scotch is about to hop — well, you get what I mean, or literally — you HEAR what I am SAYING.</ed.note>

Putting the Cable Industry on notice. HD Voice is happening.

I had an interesting time at the CableLabs Summer Conference at
Keystone Resort, Colorado. When I first arrived I had a chance to
catch up with the teams from both AudioCodes and IP Gallery and a few
of the familiar faces I have gotten to know over the years involved in
the communications industry.

Looking around the reception on Monday afternoon, it was clear to me
that the telecom recession was over, with the room packed with vendors
and about 1,000 people from around the world who made the trek to
Colorado for the CableLabs Summer Conference.

This was a closed conference with the majority of the sessions only
open to the members of Cablelabs.

If there was one session at the CableLabs Summer Conference that a
Cable company’s Chief Strategy Officer should have been at, it was the
HD Voice session which I greatly appreciate being invited to be a part
of. I say this because after listening to Orange’s Vivek Badrinath,
Executive Vice President, Networks, Carriers, and Platforms, it is
clear to me that consumer HD Communications is a reality, it IS
happening and it is going to happen faster than anyone may have
otherwise expected.

Vivek was welcomed warmly and embraced by the CableLabs delegates.
During his talk I was thinking of the Twilight Zone Episode “To Serve
Man” where (according to Wikipedia) a race of aliens known as the
Kanamits lands on Earth and promises to be nothing but helpful to the
cause of humanity. Initially wary of the intentions of such a highly
advanced race, even the most skeptical humans are convinced when their
code-breakers begin to translate one of the Kanamit's books, with the
seemingly innocuous title, "To Serve Man."

Sharing their advanced technology, the aliens quickly solve all of
Earth's greatest woes, eradicating hunger, disease, and the need for
warfare. Soon, humans are volunteering for trips to the Kanamits' home
planet, which is supposedly a paradise.

All is not well, however, when a code-breaker discovers the Kanamits'
true intentions: Their book, "To Serve Man", is a cookbook, and all
their gifts were simply to make humanity complacent.” (if you haven’t
seen this episode – you can watch it here).

Given the fact that France Telecom / Orange already has over 500,000
customers who have subscribed for their HD Voice offerings and that
their numbers are going to continue to grow as Orange rolls out their
HD Communication offers across Europe, I couldn't help but make the
connection between Vivek and the leader of the Kanamit's.

If I were involved with a cable company, I would have categorized his
talk as an early wake-up call and understand the worldwide Cable
industry was put on notice to be on the lookout for other incumbent
operators who have both a broadband offering and wireless offering to
follow in the footsteps of France Telecom / Orange and use HD
Communications as a platform to retain and grow their customer base.

Now is NOT the time for the Cable industry to continue to take a “wait
and see” approach with HD Communications but rather now is the time to
commit to residential trials for HD Voice consumer if the cable
industry wants to protect what has become their multi-billion dollar
monthly cash cow known as “digital voice services.”

Over the next few years, the growth of consumers who subscribe for HD
Communications offered by both wireless and broadband service
providers will help lift the communications industry.

“Fear, Greed and Disruption” remain my three favorite words and I am
enjoying this moment in time in the history of communications. I
remain a big fan of France Telecom for continuing to lead and innovate
with HD Communications.

Friends who would like to learn more about HD Communications are
invited to attend the next HD Communications Summit taking place on
September 15th in New York City.

http://pulverblog.pulver.com/archives/009008.html

The HD Communications Summit Agenda (Update #1)

On September 15th 2009 at New World Stages in New York City, I am producing HDComms, the HD Communications Summit. HDComms will bring together the emerging worldwide HD Communications ecosystem and we will explore the state of "HD Communications" and where things are headed. If you have a vested interested in the future of communications, please consider joining us in New York City next month.

HD Communications Summit Agenda
(as of August 18, 2009)

– Welcome – Daniel Berninger, Executive Director, HDConnect
– Jeff Pulver – CEO, pulver.com – "Accelerating the Conversion to HD"

Step 1 – The HD Technology Roadmap

– Nimrod Borovsky, VP Marketing, Enterprise Business Group, AudioCodes
– Martyn Humphries, VP/GM, VoIP Line of Business, Broadcom
– Jan Linden, VP Engineering, Global IP Solutions

Case Study: Lessons Learned from SD to HDTV
Robert Graves, Chairman, ATSC Forum

HD Innovations Panel: Moderator – Slava Borlin, VP Products, SpiritDSP
– Mike Eastman, VP Sales, WYDEVoice
– Alan Percy, Director Business Development, AudioCodes
– A. Ryan Heidari, Director Technical and Product Marketing, Qualcomm

Step 2 – Triggering End User Demand

Jeff Rodman, co-founder, CTO Voice Division, Polycom
Rick Krupka, VP Business Communication Services, Uniden

HD in Action Panel: Moderator – Daniel Petrie, CEO, SIPEz
– Joyce Kim, VP Marketing, Global IP Solutions
– Chalan Aras, VP of Product Marketing, Polycom
– Dave Frankel, CEO, ZipDX

Step 3 – Toward a Fully Functioning HD Ecosystem

– Josh Bottum, Director Business Development, Cisco
– Mike Rude, VP Business Development, DSPGroup

The HD Value Chain Panel Moderator – Michael Stanford, WireEvolution
– Michael Jablon, VP Digital Phone Strategy, Time Warner
– Tony Stankus, Product Manager Emerging Technologies,Gigaset Communications USA
– Mike Storella, Director Business Development, snom

HD Carrier Interconnection Panel:
Moderator – Daniel Berninger, Executive Director, HDConnect
– Eli Katz, founder and CEO, XConnect
– John Butz, Director New Product Development, Neutral Tandem
– Alan Bugos, VP Advanced Technology and Engineering, iBasis (invited)

Step 4 – The Path to HD Mass Market Adoption

– Rod Keller, CEO, Gigaset Communications USA
– Alla Reznick, Dir Product Management, Global Advanced Services, Verizon

Mobile VoIP Panel: 
Moderator – Brough Turner, Chief Strategy Officer, Dialogic
– Tobias Kemper, VP Social Media and Communication, Nimbuzz
– Diego Besprosvan, CTO, MailVision
– Mahesh Makhijani, Director Technical Marketing, Qualcomm

Perspectives on HD Tipping Points Panel
Moderator – Doug Mohney, Editor in Chief, HDConnectNow
– Anatoli Levine, Director Product Management, RADVISION and President, IMTC
– Richard Buchanan, Chief Marketing Officer, Ooma
– Jake MacLeod, VP and CTO, Bechtel Communications(invited)

Networking Reception

Interested in the future of communications? Register TODAY for next month's HD Communication Summit.

On Telework Day in VA

<ed.note>Imagine what the Nashville workplace of 2009 would look like if we ACTUALLY VALUED INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION instead of just rhetorized about it at meetings we drive to. Of course, I should point out the Congress still requires its members to be physically present in order to vote vs. using some web-based tool or telephones. This is ironic since the IRS is perfectly happy to take my tax money — which the Congress will be voting how to spend — over the internet.</ed.note>

The Hon. James P. Moran of Virginia in the House of Representatives:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Mr. MORAN of Virginia. Madam Speaker, I
rise in support of Monday, August 3, as
Telework Day in Virginia and applaud Governor
Tim Kaine on this initiative.

On this day, thousands of Virginians will
perform a full day’s work from their houses
rather than their places of work. This practice
empowers workers who feel that they can fulfill
their obligations to their employer equally
well from home as in a brick and mortar office.
My colleagues, teleworking provides enormous
benefits to employers and employees
alike, as well as positive social and economic
impacts. Teleworking, a practice which dates
to the 1960s and then was dramatically expanded
in the ’90s, thanks to a host of networking
innovations, can save employers
premises costs and office overhead fees.

If all eligible Federal employees teleworked
2 days per week, the Federal Government
could realize $3.3 billion in savings in commuting
costs annually and eliminate the emission
of 2.7 million tons of pollutants each year.
Furthermore, it would provide an easy and
necessary means of operational continuity
should the Nation’s Capital be the target of
another horrific terror attack.

Teleworking can also increase productivity,
typically 10 percent to 40 percent per person
in large programs, by eliminating the often distressing
and frustrating commute to and from
work. For example, it eliminates commuting
costs for employees because they do not have
to pay for gas or public transportation. Given
that the average round trip commute is 50 miles and commuters spend an average of
264 hours per year commuting (66 minutes
per day), Americans would be relieved of the
burden of spending so much time on the road
that could be better spent with their families.
Through this practice, employees are allowed
the freedom of working at their optimal
times; some might be more productive in the
morning while others might be more productive
late at night. Telework allows the workers
to get into a personal daily rhythm and work
when they please, thus maximizing individual
liberty and occupational productivity.
At this time, States and localities all around
the Nation are grappling with ways in which
congestion on the roadways can be reduced.
We could facilitate greater capacity for mass
transportation—but that requires heavy infrastructure
investment and the vision to plan
long-term. We could also build more roadways—
but that would simply invite more cars
and more traffic, while doing nothing to improve
the quality of life for millions of hardworking
Americans.

Those options taken together do indeed
form a necessary component of traffic mitigation,
but they take both time and money. Teleworking
is simple to implement, economical to
operate, and reflects the many ways in which
technology has allowed the spheres of personal
and professional life to blend together. It
allows for a young professional to care for her
newborn child or a son to care for his ailing
mother in the comfort of their own homes,
without worrying what would happen should
they have to spend a portion of their day in an
office, away from those who depend on their
presence.

I am proud to say that at the end of 2005,
Fairfax County in Virginia was able to meet
the region-wide target of having 20 percent of
eligible workers engaged in teleworking. I
would invite my colleagues to take note of
teleworking’s success and stand up for a
worker’s ability to set his or her own schedule,
with the expectation that it will allow for a
more flexible lifestyle without compromising
productivity. Rather than relying on the desks,
chairs, and file cabinets that defined the average
employee’s office a generation ago,
telework allows Americans to bring the workplace
to them, not the other way around.

Internet 2 Member Meeting April-29, 2009 Netcast Information

Internet2 uses our meetings to showcase advanced networking
video streaming technologies. Below are links to generally available
streams, and streams that require high-performance networks. Please
visit the downloads section before the event to test your network’s
streaming capabilities.

Note: Multicast works only if
your network supports multicast. For more information about multicast,
visit the Internet2
Multicast Working Group
. Multicast detection tools include
the Internet2
Detective
and the Multicast
Technologies tester
.

For netcast support email: netcastsupport@internet2.edu

Tuesday Session
Title
Live
Streams
Video
On Demand
8:45 AM –
10:00 AM
Campus
Cyberinfrastructure
   
8:45 AM –
10:00 AM
Regional
and State Networks: Poised to Face Economic Challenges
   
10:30 AM –
11:45 AM
General
Session
   
1:15 PM –
2:30 PM
Challenges
and Successes for US Campuses Overseas
   
1:15 PM –
2:30 PM
Information
Security Tools: Salsa and REN-ISAC Updates
   
3:00 PM –
4:00 PM
The
MACE Program
   
3:00 PM –
4:00 PM
Stimulating
Big Broadband Deployment
   
4:30 PM –
5:30 PM
NSF
Office of Cyberinfrastructure Update
   
4:30 PM –
6:00 PM
Telepresence
Perspectives and Interoperability
   
7:00 PM –
9:00 PM
Internet2
Network Members and Connectors BoF
   
Wednesday Session
Title
Live
Streams
Video
On Demand
8:45 AM –
10:00 AM
Digital
Humanities Initiatives and Internet2: A National Dialogue
   
8:45 AM –
10:00 AM
Emerging
StateNets Issues Associated with CI and the 3-Tier Networking Model
   
10:30 AM –
11:45 AM
General
Session
   
1:15 PM –
2:30 PM
Green:
Start with the End in Mind? Three Views to Solve Parts of the Problem
   
1:15 PM –
2:30 PM
R&E
Network Models: Using Lessons Learned and Creative Solutions to Address
Challenges
   
3:00 PM –
4:00 PM
Advanced
Information Technology at the Department of Veteran Affairs
   
3:00 PM –
4:00 PM
Future
of InCommon and US Federations
   

8th Annual Fiber to the Home Conference Call for Papers – September 27-October 1, 2009, Houston, TX

Lake Oswego, OR – February 9, 2009. The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council has issued a Call for Papers for its 8th annual conference to be held from September 27-October 1, 2009 in Houston, TX.  The 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo is the only gathering of its kind dedicated to the advancement and deployment of FTTH technologies and benefits. This year's theme, Building the Business of FTTH, will bring leaders, visionaries and decision makers to the Hilton Americas-Houston and the George R Brown Convention Center to share success stories and lessons learned about the business elements needed to generate revenue with FTTH.

With considerable investments in fiber to the home deployment, the pressure is on for operators to add subscribers and to generate revenue from the subscribers they serve. The stakes are high and so are the expectations. The 2009 program will offer attendees an overview of best business practices for advancing of high speed broadband over fiber optic networks.

The FTTH Council is seeking papers in the following target areas:

Conference Tracks

1.    Building FTTH Revenues: Explain how to build the top line as an FTTH service provider. Describe your marketing and service packages and how they attracted subscribers.  Provide an overview of the video content and internet packages that were considered and selected, and how to increase market share away from the competition. Experience-based service provider submissions are requested.

2.    Success Stories: Share your experiences as a provider of FTTH services to help others build successful FTTH based businesses. Explain the benefits realized from linking your customers and community to FTTH, to better quality of life and prosperity.  Experience-based service provider submissions will be given first consideration.

3.    New Technology: Educate prospective and practicing network builders on new technologies that enable profitable FTTH services. Target topics include MDU technologies, in-home connectivity, video and IP video, green benefits, and new electronic and optical systems. Special consideration will be given to system-level papers that help decision-makers improve the business case for FTTH.

4.    Advanced Network Design, Construction and Management: Explain innovations in efficient network design, construction, installation and testing. Describe new options for efficient management of the network and subscribers. Target topics include network design cost modeling, construction techniques and equipment, testing and tools for managing subscribers.

5.    Finance and Regulatory:  Elucidate the new funding and financing options available, and teach how to access capital.   Explain how to navigate through the application process to reach government loans and grants. Clarify the latest regulatory changes and implications to FTTH service providers.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, without pictures, and must be commercial free. The abstract should describe the primary conclusion or results of the paper including pertinent details of the work indicating the significant findings. Learner outcomes must be included. Papers must contain significant new material not presented or published previously.  Papers may range from introductory to advanced, but bear in mind that your audience may be just getting started in this field. As such, "FTTH 101" papers will also be considered within each category.*

NEW for our 2009 Program…we will be offering a few repeated track sessions in Spanish.  As a perspective speaker, you may wish to indicate that you wish to repeat your presentation in Spanish during the online submission process.

For complete information on deadlines and submission guidelines, please visit www.ftthconference.com…Become a Speaker. 

*FTTH 101 Papers do not need to meet the new or unpublished requirement.

About the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council

The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Communities and organizations interested in exploring FTTH options may find information on the FTTH Council web site at www.ftthcouncil.org.

About Legend Conference Planning

Legend Conference Planning is the official project management and event planning firm for the 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo and the FTTH Council Secretariat. For further information, email at info@legendconferences.com.

Contact:
Speaker Liaison, Jennifer Cakir
Legend Conference Planning
Tel: 613-226-9988 x4
Email: speakerliaison@legendconferences.com

 

The ‘Role of Telcos in Open Innovation’ Symposium

The online symposium is a FREE and informal 24 hour global event scheduled to run from 20:00 GMT Monday 23rd Feb to 20:00 GMT Tuesday 24th Feb 2009. (Check the World Clock for GMT times in your location)

Participants can join the symposium at different times from around the world, for as long as they wish, throughout the 24 hour period.

The symposium will include:
– Online discussion forums
– Live presentations in a virtual world
– Interviews
– Podcasts
– A glossary of sites of interest and links to relevant webinars and case studies

SYMPOSIUM OBJECTIVES

    * To better understand the evolution of Open Innovation as it relates to telcos (see Wikipedia definition for Open Innovation)
    * To gain insights into how to successfully engage in Open Innovation and the pitfalls and roadblocks to look out for
    * To identify potential collaboration partners to engage in future dialogues and/or develop partnerships for potential open innovation
    * To look at successful case studies of Open Innovation

BENEFITS OF INVOLVEMENT IN THE OPEN INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM

INSIGHTS:

    * Understand how Open Innovation is being approached by other organisations
    * Gain practical ideas you can apply to your organisation
    * Learn how to optimise performance in your own organisation
    * Identify your position in the wider ecosystem

NETWORK:

    * Identify people with similar issues to engage in further communication
    * Develop alliances with potential partners
    * Expand your network and foster existing ties
    * Form collaborative groups around areas of interest

CONNECT:

    * To case studies, discussions, presentations and talks, websites of interest, other global forums, conferences, and research in the area of Open Innovation.

FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS

Gerd Leonhard – Switzerland
Media Futurist and Author
CEO at MediaFuturist.com
Deborah Lawler-Dormer – New Zealand
Executive Director at Moving Image Centre Toi Rerehiko and Director of Co-Lab
Brian Landers – US
Sr. Manager, Design at Sprint Nextel Corp.
Philip Sugai – Japan
Dean, Professor of Marketing & Director of the Mobile Consumer Lab, International University of Japan materials on 'Enabling and Open Development'
Jörg Heuer – Germany
Leader Enabling Technologies & Exploration, Innovation Development, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
Alan Quayle – US
Owner, Alan Quayle Business & Service Development
Dr Mary Ellen Gordon – New Zealand
Managing Director, Market Truths Limited
Michael Davies – US / UK
Chairman, Founding Partner, Endeavour Partners
Senior Lecturer, MIT USA and Sloan School of Management, UK

And many more to come …

REGISTER NOW!

If you would like to be a featured contributor or have questions, please contact John Eyles the Symposium Organiser. john@futuretelco.net

Venture Nashville: Bart Gordon announces Sci-Tech priorities

I replied at the DNJ link saying (after seeing the Venture Nashville blog post):

One thing we need to consider is making a Results-Only Work Environment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROWE ; http://www.culturerx.com ; http://caliandjody.com/blog ) the DEFAULT work condition in both schools and businesses. One should have to make a business case for being required to "drive into work". With so much employment moving toward knowledge work, the costs of not promoting telecommuting (Net-Working) have not been studied by area CEOs and they would be astounded how much money they are wasting on real estate, etc.; costs which were necessary in 1980 — but not today. That is not to say that their competitors are also wasting these resources unnecessarily — think about why cloud computing and virtualization have been in the IT press lately. ROWEs are not a panacea — but definitely an option that very rarely shows up on the C-Suite table.

What think ye?

Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination, Robert Compton on C-SPAN

<ed.note>Note: 1) China and India DO NOT emphasize junior high and high school athletics (because the chances that that will bring one out of poverty are amazingly low). 2) When a child shows an aptitude for a subject the parents hire a tutor (FWIW: South Korea sometimes hires from the States and Skylake Incuvest, a South Korean investment fund specializing in the technology sector, thinks there's money to be made here). Wouldn't it be weird if the US (the parents thereof) ACTUALLY valued STEM education (instead of just the politically correct rhetorizing about it)? Think of the boon a combined fiber and distributed clean energy generation smart grid build out model could be for rural economies and what a platform for virtual tutoring that eco friendly grid could be? BTW: I admin Project Net-Work Group on Linkedin.com — invite here if you're about more than lip service.</ed.note>

Text from C-SPAN, links mine: Robert Compton talked about his documentary Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination (Youtube Trailer here),
which compares and contrasts the education experiences of six students;
two from each of the countries of India, China, and the United States.
Video clips were shown as he talked about the statistics on the amount
of time spent in the classroom, the influence of the students' parents
on their decisions to pursue a certain career, and the degree to which
those choices impact their free time during their high school years.
Two million minutes is roughly four years, the amount of time high
school students have to prepare for higher education and their careers.
Mr. Compton talked about the importance of education to competing in
the new global economy and that people in other countries took it much
more seriously. He said that although many middle and high schools were
using his video, schools of education had rejected any need to learn
about the educational systems in competing countries.

Venture capitalist Robert Compton's travels to India in 2005 and
2006 laid the groundwork for his decisions to author a blog, publish a
book called Blogging Through India, and produce the documentary.

Reply to Susanna Dodgson RE: Broadband Build Out in Nigeria

over at http://vcafrica.ning.com/

Her post:

This is all great, but the hurdles are still huge. I went to a
Corporate Council on Africa Health Forum in November and was listening
to a talk by a South African CEO of a pharmaceutical company. He said
something astounding: he refuses ever to pay a bribe anywhere. This is
the first time I have heard this said and it is exciting.

What has this to do with highspeed internet in Nigeria? Everything.
This is a country with daily power outages (and the power company
employees demand bribes to provide even sporadic power, at least that
was what I saw in BAV studios where I work in Surulere); a country when
even canned tomatoes has to be imported (and Nigerian food has tomatoes
in everything). Given that back-drop, is high-speed internet somehow
avoiding all payment of bribes, avoiding corruption? I desperately want
the answer to be yes. http://mjota.org.

My reply:

Technologically, of course, the answer is easy. WiMax and solar energy vendors should team up to build out the grid. One could avoid the ground by using blimps, drones, etc. RE: Bribes seen as a fee-for-service where there is no other meaningful industry exists, well, that's a catch-22. Broadband could bring knowledge work (if global employers would learn to pay for something other than butts-in-seats, i.e. driving into a plant in order to post on a wiki or write software {see Results-Only Work Environments at your local search engine}). Bribes purely for sloth, well, that's a theological problem, which, ironically, broadband could help (at least in delivering seminary curricula). The one anti-corruption benefit of broadband is the enabling wiki-eske ability to create "walls of shame" near real-time — both of the ones perpetrating the corruption — and of the law enforcement officials for not prosecuting them (in those cases where the actors aren't the same people). XBRL was just mandated yesterday in the US for firms over 5 billion — so getting to underlying data is at least theoretically going to be easier. Wish I had more optimistic answers.

FTTH Council Members Urge Congress to Include Next-Generation Broadband Expansion in Economic Recovery Package

Proposals from the Communications Workers of America Should be Used as Baseline for Legislation

(WASHINGTON) — Member companies of the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council have urged key leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to ensure that proposals for expanding broadband coverage are included in the economic recovery package that is expected to be introduced when the new Congress is seated in January.

In a letter sent to Capitol Hill today, the Council members called on Congress to use as a baseline for the economic recovery package a set of broadband tax and other incentives put forth by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) earlier this month. To this baseline measure, the Council members believe the Congress should include additional incentives that the enable the deployment of advanced infrastructure to all Americans. The union has noted that every $5 billion invested in broadband infrastructure will create 97,500 direct jobs in deployment activities, while indirectly resulting in another 2.5 million throughout the economy.

The Council’s letter noted that “a consensus has developed that accelerating broadband deployment will greatly enhance critical infrastructure and produce very rapidly a substantial number of jobs.”

The text of the letter follows:

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker                The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader
The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader       The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader
The Honorable John Boehner, Minority Leader     United States Senate
United States House of Representatives             Washington, DC  20510           
Washington, DC  20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, Majority Leader Hoyer, Minority Leader Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell:

The undersigned members of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a not for profit trade association dedicated to accelerating the deployment of advanced fiber broadband infrastructure to all Americans, write to you today regarding the much needed economic recovery legislation. A consensus has developed that accelerating broadband deployment will greatly enhance critical infrastructure and produce very rapidly a substantial number of jobs. There also is a growing consensus among private sector entities on the legislative provisions that should be adopted to accelerate broadband deployment. To that end, we are writing to urge you to consider using as a baseline for economic recovery legislation the broadband proposals recently put forward by the Communications Workers of America (CWA). CWA’s proposals, which include both supply-side and demand-side incentives, will do much to encourage broadband deployment and usage, both of which are crucial components to ensuring that Americans can take full advantage of digital technology. They will be an important component of the nation’s economic recovery efforts and will help create significant investment and employment.

We also believe that CWA’s proposals should be enhanced with additional broadband proposals, including, but not limited to, tax incentives, loan and grant programs, public-private partnerships, and consumer incentives, particularly for low income households. Other good ideas will come from a variety of sources, and we hope you will consider each based on its merit.

Sincerely,

Joseph P. Savage, President, FTTH Council

ADC Telecommunications
Atlantic Engineering Group, Inc.
Broadband Associates
Calient Networks
Calix
Charles Machine Works/Ditch Witch
Clearfield
Connexion Technologies
Corning
DSM Desotech
Enablence Technologies, Inc.
ETI Software Solutions
Hitachi Telecom (USA), Inc.
Jackson Energy Authority
JDSU
NeoPhotonics
OFS
On Trac Inc.
Paxio Inc.
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
Tellabs
Twin Valley Telephone
Tyco Electronics

Kim Solez Provides Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting Presentation Pointers

Kim Solez posted these comments in response to Internet2: Full Speed Ahead by Roger Smith, 11/22/2008, InternetEvolution.com

Hi Roger,

Great report! Just a few more links to engage the readership a bit more directly:

The Internet2 Detective (many people are connected to Internet2 and don’t know it!)

Presentations from the recent Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting highlighting advances in:

overall structure and capability

musical performance and instruction

social networking

<ed.note>Note especially: “How Social Networks can leverage and enable Web 2. 0 & Semantic Web/Grid”, “Move to Virtual Team Science”</ed.note>

telemedicine and telepresence

Ironically Internet2 works as well as it does because of the relatively small number of users. This means that even in educational institutions that have been a part of the effort from the beginning it is unknown to most students and faculty. So an article like your can provide a great service making people aware of a remarkable resource that exists somewhat hidden right under their noses!

All the best. – Kim