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 G√ČANT 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.