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A Framework for the Next Generation Internet

It’s a very challenging time to be an economist – uncertainty is everywhere, and adapting to a market change is problematic. In contrast, if you’re a network planner you’ve now got the upper hand. You can think ahead with a degree of certainty that you’ll be prepared — no matter what the future holds in store.

That may seem like two totally unrelated thoughts. They’re actually closely aligned. Let me explain.

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Exploring the Mindset of ICT Innovation-Driven Nations

Have you ever been on a journey with someone where you’ve obviously lost your way, but they won’t let you stop and ask for directions? They refuse to acknowledge they need help. Why is that?

“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.” – Carl Jung, psychologist and innovative thinker

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The Next Generation of the Internet

We’re moving quickly into the next phase of the Internet, and that space is being created by the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Open and broadly inclusive, the GENI research project is designing an updated replacement for the current Internet. A new frontier would include faster data speeds, new approaches to network security, and a wide range of new features and functionality. And because it’s open, this virtual laboratory offers opportunities for researchers to test new network strategies at scale, without disrupting Internet traffic. By taking “virtual slices” (entire virtual networks running on the same physical infrastructure), many different versions of a new Internet can operate in parallel.

So how are engineers playing in this digital sandbox?

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Mobile Internet: Envision the Socioeconomic Impact

I admit it; there are times when I have been shortsighted. While I try to keep an open mind about the upside potential of networking applications for socioeconomic advancement, I’ve had my share of moments where I’ve missed the obvious — by not seeing the full spectrum of opportunities for advancement.

Case in point: when I started to publish my research, thoughts and observations online I was myopically thinking that my market reach would most likely be limited to people within North America.

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Broadband Ranking: Why it is Subjective

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By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

The place with the best broadband ecosystem is not Silicon Valley or Route 128, the mainstays of technology companies in the United States. But that’s not surprising, given the popularity of e-commerce and cloud computing – it’s Washington State, home of Microsoft and Amazon.

That’s the determination of the TechNet 2012 State Broadband Index, which ranked all 50 states on various facets of their ICT-related infrastructure.

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