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ISOC-NY OneWebDay event: Bob Frankston – “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”

The 6th annual global OneWebDay celebration will be Thursday September 22 2011. ISOC-NY’s contribution will be to host respected computer scientist and Internet iconoclast Bob Frankston who will present on the theme “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”.

The subways, roads and sidewalks are vital infrastructure. The Internet should be no different – our economy, health and safety depend on our ability to communicate. Yet its provision and economy are based on outdated, inequitable, and inefficient telecom models. How do we move to a connected future?

What: Bob Frankston “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”
When: OneWebDay, Thu Sep 22 2011 – 7.15pm – 9pm
Where: Rm. 202, Courant Institute NYU, 251 Mercer St NYC
Who: Public welcome. In person or by webcast.
Webcast: http://livestream.com/internetsocietychapters
Twitter:@isocny, #onewebday, @bobfrankston
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175684272508607
shorturl: http://bit.ly/frankston

Dave Burstein
We are happy to also announce that Dave Burstein of DSL Prime has agreed to moderate the session. Dave will also talk about the practicalities of establishing community networks.

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ISOC-NY EVENT: Building tomorrow’s broadband – Nov 17 2010

isoc-nyDiscussion of Net Neutrality has often involved policy discussions about regulating or rationing bandwidth as a scarce resource.

On Wednesday, November 17th, ISOC-NY will host a panel with people who are building tomorrow’s broadband infrastructure to create an abundance of bandwidth that could one day make these issues moot.

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Room 201 Warren Weaver Hall 251 Mercer St NYC (just southeast of Washington Square)
Webcast: http://livestream.com/isocny
Hashtag #isoc-ny
The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID must be presented to gain access to the building.
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Video: Hunter Newby – Introduction to Allied Fiber

Allied Fiber At the second of the Internet Society NY Chapter’s meetings with Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber, he presented an overview of the company’s plan to encircle the entire USA with a dark fiber ring with carrier neutral access at any point. Allied Fiber’s simple yet forward-thinking “real estate” approach to infrastructure provides de facto the structural separation which has, in other countries, been a boon to ISP competition, giving users access to cheap bandwidth and making network neutrality a moot point. Runs just about an hour. The subsequent Q&A may be made available at a later date.

Video is below:

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Gates Foundation proposes $10bn plan to fiber 123k public institutions

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation An Ars Technica article details a proposal by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring fiber to 123,000 public institutions nationwide at a cost of $4.9bn-$10bn.  The FCC is taking comments.
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