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.

A: Because You Don’t ROWE Q: Why Can’t Tennessee Innovate? [Update]

Why Nashville Companies Are Targeting Tweens For High-Tech Jobs BY ALISSA WALKER | 07-09-2012

See here for news on ROWE in Nashville. Nicholas Holland demonstrates with his ROWE notes.

My older ROWE related posts here.

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Mar 13, 2012

What good do personal clouds and corporate data hives, aquihires and crowdsourcing do to meet your needs (as HR continues to stumble around trying to hire long-term individuals for short-term projects, meanwhile preparing for the year-end mass layoffs which inexorably ensue) if your managers cannot get past their love affair of physical MBWA when your employees are enculturated to do their best work in virtual innovation clusters and collaboratories (see article comments) which take place in a SecondLife CoLab or some such? What good does it do to build a city-wide innovation grid  infrastructure or a country-wide innovation cyber space if you still expect your employees to waste an hour of their day driving to and from a cube which holds a desktop computer when they have a speedier, more robust laptop at home? 1) Learn about Results Only Work Environments. 2) Invest in them. 3) Use them.

This Day in Really Fast Data

Making Broadband Construction Faster and Cheaper

NSF Leadership in Discovery and Innovation Sparks White House US Ignite Initiative

Whitehouse US Ignite Announcement and Discussion on Facebook Live

Map of Partners

Internet2 Statement Regarding Launch of US Ignite

Cha# is Gig Poster Child (video)

Build Eisenhower’s Highway System for Today’s Needs

Dear Colleague Letter: New Solutions to Create Integrative Data Management Infrastructure(s) for Research Across the Sciences

Demystifying Financial Services Semantic Conference – The Business Value of Data and Semantics

Analyzing and Improving Collaborative eScience with Social Networks (eSoN 12)

Workshop to be held with IEEE e-Science 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012, Chicago, IL, USA


Social networking is profoundly changing the way that people communicate and interact on a daily basis. As eScience is inherently collaborative, social networks can serve as a vital means for supporting information and resource sharing, aiding discovery of connected individuals, improving communication between globally dispersed individuals, and even measuring scientific impact. Consequently, eScience systems are increasingly integrating social networking concepts to improve collaboration. For example researcher profiles and groups exist in publication networks, such as Google scholar and Mendeley, and eScience infrastructures, such as MyExperiment, NanoHUB and GlobusOnline all utilize social networking principles to enhance scientific collaboration. In addition to incorporating explicit social networks, eScience infrastructures can also leverage implicit social networks extracted from relationships expressed in collaborative activities (e.g. publication and grant authorship or citation networks).

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a diverse range of areas to establish a new community focused on the application of social networking to analyze and improve scientific collaboration. There are two complementary areas of focus for this workshop 1) how to efficiently share infrastructure and software resources, such as data and tools through social networks, and 2) how to analyze and enhance collaboration in eScience through both implicit and explicit social networks, for example analyzing scientific impact through citation networks or improving collaboration by associating data and tools with networks of publications and researchers.

This workshop represents the amalgamation of two complementary workshops held in 2011: Social Networks for CCGrids (SN4CCGrids) held at CCGrid 2011 and Measuring the Impact of eScience Research (MeSR) held at eScience 2011.

Scope of workshop

The topics of interest are, but not limited to, the use of social networks to analyze and improve collaborative eScience:

  • The use of social networks and social networking concepts in eScience and eResearch
  • Social network applications used for eScience
  • Social network based resource sharing and collaboration architectures
  • New forms of collaborative computing and resource sharing
  • Crowdsourcing of scientific applications using social media
  • Social Cloud computing
  • Novel applications of digital relationships and trust
  • Definition of novel principals, models and methodologies for harnessing digital relationships
  • Extraction of implicit social networks from scientific activities (publication, citation and grants)
  • Analysis of collaborative scientific activity through social networks

Submission instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers containing unpublished, original work (not under review elsewhere)
of up to 8 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages,
as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines.

Templates are available from:

Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a PostScript printer. Papers conforming to the above guidelines can be submitted through the workshop’s paper submission system:

At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must pay the eScience 2012 registration fee. All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE in the same volume as the main conference. All papers will be reviewed by an International Programme Committee (with a minimum of 3 reviews per paper). Papers submissions should be performed using the easychair system, by the date mentioned below.

Important dates

  • Paper Submissions Due: July 27, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 27, 2012
  • Camera Ready Versions Due: September 17, 2012
  • Workshop: October 8, 2012


  • Kyle Chard, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Tanu Malik, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Simon Caton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Wei Tan, IBM T.J. Watson Lab, USA

Steering Committee

  • Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Lab, USA
  • Gerhard Klimeck, Purdue University, USA
  • Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK

Programme Committee

  • Kris Bubendorfer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Junwei Cao, Tsinghua University, China
  • Justin Cappos, Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA
  • Jinjun Chen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Walter Colombo, Cardiff University, UK
  • Mike Conlon, University of Florida, USA
  • Roberta Cuel, University of Trento, Italy
  • Roberto M Cesar jr, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland, USA
  • Peter Komisarczuk, Thames Valley University, UK
  • Nicolas Kourtellis, University of South Florida
  • Paolo Missier, Newcastle University, UK
  • Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  • Jianwu Wang, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
  • Christof Weinhardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Wenjun Wu, Beihang University, China
  • Lynn Zetner, Purdue University, USA
  • Hui Zhang, Bejing University, China
  • Jia Zhang, Northern Illinois University, USA

NUANCE: Newsletter of UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaborat​​​ion, Education: Vol. 4, Issue 11: March 2012

Volume 4: Issue 11: March 2012

NUANCE is a monthly e-newsletter published by UbuntuNet Alliance. Key content is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:

News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
Hot tips about something you have done successfully (organisational or technical)
A photo that tells a story
Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure
Submissions should be sent to