Internet2 Establishes U.S. UCAN Council To Support the Broadband Needs of Community Anchor Institutions
Philadelphia—Oct. 2, 2012—Internet2 named today 10 members to the newly created United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) Council. The Council will advise Internet2 on ways that community anchor institutions (CAIs) can better serve the needs of their communities through advanced broadband networks and applications. The members, announced at the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting held in Philadelphia, start their term at the beginning of October.
“I am very pleased to have this strong group representing universities, regional networks and community anchor institutions. We look forward to having them provide advice and guidance to Internet2 as we move to implement our strategic efforts,” said John S. Morabito, vice president and general counsel, Internet2. “These new council members are respected in the community and understand the needs of the community anchor sectors. They will take an active role in helping validate and facilitate U.S. UCAN’s strategic plans.”
Council members selected include:
- Dale Alverson, professor of pediatrics and regents’ professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
- Bob Bocher, office for information technology policy fellow, American Library Association
- Mark Johnson, chief technology officer, MCNC
- David Lassner, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, University of Hawaii
- Michaela Mezo, national channel sales manager for public sector, Hewlett-Packard
- Jennifer Oxenford, manager, member relations and communications, Mid-Atlantic Gigapop (MAGPI)
- Chuck Robinson, director of shared services, City of Charlotte, North Carolina
- Pankaj Shah, executive director, Ohio Supercomputing Center and Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet)
- Denise Shorey, senior consultant, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and chief executive officer, e-Luminosity
- Mickey Slimp, executive director, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, University of Texas Health Science
"I am delighted to be able to work with the newly formed U.S. UCAN Council to stimulate and foster exciting opportunities and partnerships for community anchor institutions across the country,” said Jennifer Oxenford, manager of member relations and communications, MAGPI. “These partnerships represent the next phase of how advanced networks and organizational leadership can work together to engage previously underserved communities in new and meaningful ways. Kicking off the work of the council in Philadelphia during the Fall 2012 Member Meeting is particularly exciting for us to be able to leverage the good work and activities of various community anchor institutions in the region."
U.S. UCAN is helping to bring to fruition a critical recommendation of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan, which called for the establishment of a national non-profit entity that could ensure that the advanced application and networking requirements of CAIs are coordinated, understood, and fulfilled. Working with its regional network partners, Internet2’s U.S. UCAN project will utilize the newly upgraded 100G-enabled Internet2 Network to allow advanced networking features for more than 200,000 of the country’s community anchor institutions, including libraries, hospitals, K-12 schools, community colleges, and public safety organizations. The upgraded network was predominately funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
About Internet2’s U.S. UCAN Program
Internet2’s U.S. UCAN program is working with regional research and education networks across the country to connect community anchor institutions, including schools, libraries, health care facilities and other public institutions, to advanced broadband capabilities. Utilizing the Internet2 Network and in collaboration with regional research and education networks across the country, U.S. UCAN will enable these anchor institutions to serve their communities with telemedicine, distance learning and other life-changing applications.
For more information, go to www.usucan.org.