A Practical Navigator for the Internet Economy
We re now in our twenty fourth year of publication. (Our first issue was April 1992.) We publish 6 times a year - long in depth reports on subjects of intense personal intertest. Meanwhile our most important revenue producing operation is the offering of a private subscription only forum now in its eleventh year. The Forum is a mail list called the Architecture and Economics of IP Networks. It is a community of interest where more than 100 members discuss issues and trade ideas. I do not screen posts in advance. Foir more informatrion see the menu item "Business Model and Mail List Policy."
Some of the topics we explore:
- economic framework for thinking about technology
- fiber as economic infrastructure
- change from PSTN to all IP over fiber
- business models- domestic and global
- green IT, mobility, wireless
- new carrier models
- community fiber
- enterprise fiber & NRENs
Click HERE for a mind map that shows how these topics relate
Building Alternative Pathways
for the Creation of Better Education and Neighborhood Futures in Kansas City
For the past four years we have been writing about user built Wi-Fi networks and in particular about the impact of this technology and of Google fiber on Kansas City Missouri. Projects developed by Connecting for Good and by Isaac Wilder in the last few years have shown a cross-section of Kansas City folk the importance of affordable Internet access.
What has set Kansas City apart for perhaps the last five years is its role as the foundation point for Google Fiber. This is another very positive piece of the jigsaw puzzle that William is putting together. With Google’s cooperation and indeed, enthusiasm, it is pos- sible to connect with the residents of several Kansas City Housing Authority projects. These projects are being connected to the Google Fiber network as a part of the White House ConnectHome Initiative – as implemented by HUD.
This issue focuses on the impact of programs designed as an "alternative path" by William Wells.
He is trying to adopt and maintain an open approach -- one that does not rely on naming favorites. He is steering clear of any path that will have him embracing one ap- proach and condemning another. His goal is to walk a neutral, independent path — one that does not claim that group “a” will have an answer while group “b” does not. He is trying to say to all concerned that “it’s the kids who come first.” They are our heritage and our efforts must be designed with one major focal point in mind that is to enable the kids to undergo challenging education -- an education that they embrace be- cause the system that has been built for them is inclusive enough so that they understand the whole range of positive alternatives, a range of futures that they have never been able to comprehend before.
William is offering an extremely innovative ambitious plan that has just really come to- gether between the middle of the summer and the middle of the fall and in my opinion offers Kansas City the most hope that it has seen in several generations. This issue of the COOK Report is an effort to - with William’s active involvement- explain what it is that he has put together, how it will operate and most important of all, the thinking behind it.
Executive Sumary and Contents of this issue are found here: