IEEE Internet Policy Newsletter - November 2016

Options and Challenges in Providing Universal Access to the Internet (Part 1)

By Helen Anne Hicks (North Park University), Rajesh Nighot (IEEE), Nagender Aneja (Universiti Brunei Darussalam), Mohammed Aledhari (Western Michigan University), Ali Kashif Bashir (Senior Member, IEEE) and Jared Bielby (IEEE)

Although the Internet was considered a luxury commodity a mere decade ago, it can now be considered one of the most essential of public utilities along with water, electricity and natural gas. Electricity was considered a luxury commodity in the early 19th century and quickly became a public utility in the 20th century.

How Policies can Impact Softwarization and Improve Broadband Connectivity

By Eileen Healy, Healy & Co

There is a trend underway in public networks that will provide Internet access that is powerful and life changing. The way and the speed at which this happens will be impacted by the alignment of policies and regulations with the power and promise of technology. Today we are swimming in seas of Softwarization accelerated by Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization (SDN and NFV) developments.

Connecting the Unconnected = Access + Openness + Inclusion + Innovation

By Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla

Access to the Internet changes lives. Internet access brings vast new possibilities in nearly every aspect of life – from the individual and community level, to business growth and better governance. For decades, we have experienced this positive evolution, and seen the effect on Internet-connected geographies around the world.

An Investment in the Internet is an Investment in People

By Mei Lin Fung, People Centered Internet

A lesson in Economics 101 played out in real life when the Internet was introduced to Bulgaria, even as the country experienced a severe financial crisis. While the success of Estonia in deploying the Internet to deliver government services, health and education is well known, Bulgaria’s story deserves more public recognition because other countries can learn from it and can use the Internet to gain competitive advantages.



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