Spring 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting

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International Task Force (ITF) Roundtable: NREN Transitions and Evolution

Time 04/28/10 04:15PM-06:00PM

Session Abstract

National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) have existed since the early days of the Internet, and continue to emerge around the world. Today's NRENs provide key infrastructure within a country or region, facilitating collaborative research and connecting academic users to their global counterparts. Often, NRENs are the foundation for a knowledge economy, and can provide a springboard for innovation and transformation. In many instances, governments have recognized the important role played by NRENs and have developed national broadband initiatives around the critical infrastructure provided by them.

As the community is aware, Internet2 is in a transitional phase. Along with the exciting opportunities presented by the Obama administration to play a significant role in the United States' national broadband plans, we will have a new CEO coming on board soon. Our goal for this session is to compare and contrast the changes occurring among NRENs around the world, exploring the transformative nature of NRENs and also the transitional points and challenges that many NRENs face. Discussion may include:

+ work with government, focusing on their country's national broadband initiatives and the role - or lack of - that an NREN plays

+ the evolution of business and service delivery models, particularly given the current economic climate

+ management/organizational transitions and the adaptability of NRENs in rapidly changing environments.

During this session, a panel of NREN leaders will share their experiences with transition. We expect to engage the audience in a dynamic discussion about the the changes we are seeing in the NREN environment, and are likely to experience in the future.


Speaker Carlos Casasus CUDI-Mexico

Speaker Kees Neggers SURFnet

Speaker Donald Clark REANNZ

Speaker Tim Marshall Janet

Speaker Phil Baker ORION

Speaker Ana Hunsinger Internet2

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