WASHINGTON, DC - February 18, 2011 - The United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project today announced the membership of a recently formed Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models.
Comprised of representatives from community anchor institution (CAI) sectors as well as regional and state research and education (R&E) networks, the Task Force is responsible for developing sustainable economic and business models for the U.S. UCAN project which will be dedicated to connecting CAIs, including public libraries, schools, community colleges, public safety and health care institutions with advanced broadband capabilities. Utilizing the Internet2 Network together with regional R&E networks and potentially other CAI networks, U.S. UCAN will enable these anchor institutions to serve their communities with telemedicine, distance learning and other life-changing applications not possible with consumer-grade Internet services.
U.S. UCAN executive director Mark Johnson said, "As we begin the process of bringing the U.S. UCAN project to fruition, the contributions of these individuals to the Task Force and the community will be vital. Developing appropriate models for sustaining U.S. UCAN into the future and enabling it to work cohesively within local networks that support the CAI ecosystem is a critical first step in our efforts.”
Members of the Task Force include: Robert (Bob) Bocher representing the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (ALA/OITP); John Branson, Director of Educational Research Development and Technology Services, Chester County, Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit, Chester County, Pennsylvania; Marianne Chitwood, Chief Technology Officer, I-light Indiana; William (Bill) Clebsch, Associate Vice President for IT Services, Stanford University; Ray Ford, Chief Information Officer, University of Montana; Joanne Hovis, President, Columbia Telecommunications Corp. (CTC), Dave Kirby, Health Care Informatics Consultant; George Laskaris, CEO, NJEdge; Tom Rolfes, Education Information Technology Manager, Nebraska Information Technology Commission/Network Nebraska; and Denise Atkinson-Shorey, Chief Information Officer, Eagle-Net (Colorado).
U.S. UCAN is being established under the auspices of a federal stimulus grant to Internet2 from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The BTOP grant enables Internet2 to dramatically increase its bandwidth and footprint to accommodate the connection of the nation's estimated 200,000 community anchor institutions, unlocking next-generation Internet-based applications for the citizens they serve – that promise to provide a whole range of new possibilities—and new economic opportunities.
Mike Roberts, one of the original organizers of Internet2 in the mid-1990's, and chair of the Task Force, commented, "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with such a distinguished group of community leaders on this important assignment which we believe will have a great impact on communities across the country. "
Dave Lambert, president and CEO of Internet2 stated, "The substantial funding provided to regional and national networks through BTOP offers an unprecedented opportunity to expand advanced broadband applications to CAIs not previously served. The challenge of how to adapt and scale existing and new programs to a much broader audience remains a challenge we must now address to move this project forward. I am grateful to the Task Force members for giving us their assistance at this critical time for the effort."
Internet2 and U.S. UCAN are both operated by the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development.
For more information on U.S. UCAN: www.usucan.org For more information on Internet2: www.internet2.edu
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