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1 On the question of the future of state and regional networks serving the research, education and related communities Jim Williams, LEARN

2 You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are continually flowing in. — Heraclitus of Ephesus

3 Some recent examples CarterPhone – 1968 Divestiture – 1984 Packet switching may change the way we do telecommunications – Jim Williams, inspired by Ronald Reagan, circa 1985 "There is no one in charge, there are no leaders, there are no rules," he said. "We're just here to say, 'It's our Internet, and stop messing with it.‘ Kyle – at a scientology protest, 2/10/08 Austin, Tejas “The US is behind by almost every measure” - John Windhausen, Jr. 2/10/08 Tempe, AZ

4 Change and regional network milestones Gathering around an idea - TCP/IP dARPAnet > NSFnet Northwestnet/BARnet/PrepNet > Verio –Others morphed (NyserNet, Merit) –A few just disappeared or were aborted MOREnet – learning from early examples The great fiber adventure

5 Time Organizational Maturity / Growth -‘Broad’ goals / “Fuzzy’ paths -Strong energy / passion -Minimal Structure / Controls -Loosely organized -Participants “get on the bandwagon” -Fading energy / passion -No structure to hang on -Loss of focus on goals -Focused energy / passion -Strong organizational management, structure and controls -Refocused goals -Clear Paths -Committed Participants http://www.morantechnology.com

6 Think on these things Who do we serve and who else could do it? What do we provide and who else provides it? How can we leverage what we have to offer a unique suite of services? Are we just trying to preserve organizations, or do we have a higher Purpose? “The best way to predict the future is to keep inventing it” – from my Internet2 t- shirt

7 What to do? If you don’t change, expect change Go commercial? Move up/down the stack? Champion broadening broadband Expand public sector service Actively participate/LEAD in next gen net (GENI, IPv6 etc) Don’t just duplicate what the private sector does better

8 Humans process threats and avoid risk. Change is not necessarily bad – e.g. Tyrannosaurus rex The technologies we advocate may be short lived. –Gutenberg Revolution (1450 – present) –Flawn Academic Center (aka UGL) (1963 – 2006) The institutions we serve will last longer then we do. The US will not in the foreseeable future regain its network technology leadership position. I enjoyed growing up in a country with the highest standard of living – my granddaughter has more options. Governance structures seem periodic. The 3 level architecture seems persistent


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