U.S. UCAN Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models (March '11)
The United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project In February announced the membership of a recently formed Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models. Comprising 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. The U.S. UCAN project 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.