The State of the Internet
by Blaine Tatum — last modified 2012-11-08 06:30
Each quarter, Akamai publishes a quarterly “State of the Internet” report. This report includes data gathered across Akamai’s global server network about attack traffic, average & maximum connection speeds, Internet penetration and broadband adoption, and mobile usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. (Registration Required)

INEC Website
by Ricardo Krikke — last modified 2007-09-28 11:55
The organizations website of the International Network of E-Communities.

An overview of Fiber in Europe – June 2007
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2007-08-15 05:03
Written by Dirk van der Woude, of Citynet in Amsterdam, this note provides a wealth of information about the main fiber projects around Europe. Not all are based on OPLAN principles, but this affords a very thorough overview of the status, mid 2007.

by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2007-04-25 15:20
IT +46 was started in 2004 to take on the challenge of localizing free and open source software to Swahili. That intense experience in Africa helped the IT+46 team to define a mission of : Knowledge Transfer to the recipients. As their latest report states, “IT +46 is convinced that IT can play an important role in making development sustainable. But since information by itself is not knowledge, we aim to share knowledge rather than simply transfer information. This approach is considered in our projects from the design to the implementation and training. We work together with grassroots organizations, academia, as well as regulators in both developing and developed countries. The company brings more than ten years of hands-on international working experience in Information Technology in the areas of:

  • Education and Training in ICTs
  • Free and Open Source Software Development
  • Localization of Software
  • Design and Implementation of fixed and wireless Infrastructure
  • Voice over IP
  • Network and Computer Security
  • ICT Policies and Development Plans
  • Energy Solutions for ICTs

The Journal of Community Informatics
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2007-03-30 18:30
Community Informatics (CI) is the study and the practice of enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). CI seeks to work with communities towards the effective use of ICTs to improve their processes, achieve their objectives, overcome the “digital divides” that exist both within and between communities, and empower communities and citizens in the range of areas of ICT application including for health, cultural production, civic management, e-governance among others. The Journal of Community Informatics brings together a global range of academics, CI practitioners and national and multi-lateral policy makers. Each issue of the Journal of Community Informatics will contain double blind peer-reviewed research articles as well as commentaries by leading CI practitioners and policy makers.
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2007-03-05 11:08
Digital Services – The Economic challenge for rural areas – Fryslân (The Netherlands)

The Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR)
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2007-03-05 11:09
The Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) is a small organization with a remarkable track record for breaking new ground in promoting sustainable communities. In 1978 RAIN magazine described ILSR as an organization that “puts hard numbers on soft dreams”. In January 2007, it published its report, “Localizing the Internet: Five Ways Public Ownership Solves the U.S. Broadband Problem.

The Prometheus Radio Project
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-12-24 17:34
The Prometheus Radio Project (PRP) is a non-profit organization founded by a small group of radio activists in 1998. They believe that a free, diverse, and democratic media is critical to the political and cultural health of a civil society, yet the reality sees unprecedented levels of consolidation, homogenization, and restriction in the media landscape. PRP works toward a future characterized by easy access to media outlets and a broad, exciting selection of cultural and informative media resources. Its primary focus is on building a large community of LPFM stations and listeners. PRP hopes that this community will grow into a powerful force working toward a widespread democratic media future. Toward that end, PRP supports community groups at every stage of the process of building community radio stations, facilitate public participation in the FCC regulatory process, and sponsor events promoting awareness and support of media democracy and LPFM radio.

Global Voices Online
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-12-22 21:38
Global Voices Online seeks to amplify, curate and aggregate the global conversation online – with a focus on countries and communities outside the U.S. and Western Europe. It is committed to developing tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices everywhere to be heard and takes a keen interest in Telecoms and IT issues relevent to the developing world.

by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-12-04 17:30
“Originally, we created this tool so that everyone at Omidyar Network could share news and information; discuss different ideas and viewpoints; collaborate on documents; post announcements; sync up our calendars; and, in general, stay well informed. We found that it served us well. In fact, we wondered if others might find value in it, too. So, we decided to open it up to anyone and everyone working toward making the world a better place.

Here, you can:

  • Participate in group discussions and collaborate on a wide variety of topics
  • Create a home where you can collaborate and communicate with others
  • Invite anyone you want to join or create discussions and workspaces

Because this isn’t a typical web site, its value depends on you. You help make useful to others. You help decide how it evolves. There are certain ground rules, however: We are all here because we believe in making the world a better place. We believe in treating each other with respect. We believe everyone has something to contribute. Many of you have already contributed greatly to making the world a better place. Thank you for all your efforts up until now. And thank you, in advance, for your efforts in the future.”

CAIDA – Commons Project
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-12-04 17:26
CAIDA (Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis) proposes a collaboration to simultaneously solve three acute and growing problems facing the Internet: a self-reported financial crisis in the Internet infrastructure provider industry; a data acquisition crisis which has severely stunted the field of network science; and a struggle for survival within emerging community and municipal networks, who are in an ideal position to address the first two problems but often lack resources and experience to make informed operational decisions, and are also continually threatened by incumbent-driven legislation. We propose an experiment to build a cooperative national backbone to connect select community and municipal networks to each other, and to the global Internet. Peering would be conditionally available to county, state, and federal government entities, academic institutions, and community wireless initiatives.

The conditions are two-fold:

  1. the attached networks must make select operational data available to Internet technology and policy researchers under appropriate legal data sharing frameworks;
  2. the attached networks must agree to cooperatively develop and abide by policies based on confirmed results of empirical data analyses.

The proposed experiment — Cooperative Measurement and Modeling of Open Networked Systems (COMMONS) — carefully addresses the three highlighted problems, and without federal regulatory involvement, which is still feared to be a cure worse than the disease(s) even by the regulators themselves. First, by offloading from commercial providers the responsibility for supporting Internet service delivery in unprofitable areas, we will measurably improve the financial situation of these providers. Second, COMMONS offers an unprecedented opportunity to establish standards of scientific integrity in the field of Internet research — by providing rigorous empirical data against which to validate theories, models and simulations. Furthermore, because the COMMONS testbed will support public analysis of actual Internet traffic, it will inform debates on increasingly important technical, economic, policy, and social issues related to the Internet. Third, the COMMONS project not only allows struggling community networks to cost-share a financially daunting component of their operation, but it also provides a forum for the cooperating networks and the research community to share lessons learned with each other.

COOVA – Hot Spot Management
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-10-17 05:07
In order to make Hotspot Setup and Management using off-the-shelf components a whole lot easier, Coova’s first solution is open source firmware tailor made for HotSpots. Check it out…

How To Accelerate Your Internet: A practical guide to Bandwidth Management and Optimization using Open Source Software
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-10-17 05:04
Access to sufficient Internet bandwidth enables worldwide electronic collaboration, access to informational resources, rapid and effective communication, and grants membership to a global community. Therefore, bandwidth is probably the single most critical resource at the disposal of a modern organisation. The goal of this book is to provide practical information on how to gain the largest possible benefit from your connection to the Internet. By applying the monitoring and optimisation techniques discussed here, the effectiveness of your network can be significantly improved. We hope that you find these materials and this website useful. Please feel free to contribute your own experiences on the wiki and mailing list, and help make the next edition even better.

City of Seattle, Washington State, USA
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-10-14 18:11
The Seattle City Council created, with concurrence by Mayor Greg Nickels, the Task Force on Broadband and Telecommunications in summer, 2004. The Task Force was charged to explore and report on the feasibility of using municipal resources in a network that is available to the public using broadband technologies.

Bill Moyers Citizens Class (PBS television USA)
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-10-06 05:36
Public Service Television (PBS) presenter Bill Moyers, has latched onto the whole ‘open’ debate as it impacts the Internet (net neutrality) and local open access neutrality (OPLANs). The website provides a very useful overview of specific US issues and raging battles – where the citizens of various communities are being strongly opposed by the telco and cable sector in lobbying on Capitol Hill to prevent the market-driven development of OPLANs. Also contains useful streamed material and other links.

The Foundation
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-08-17 13:34
Based in the Netherlands, The Foundation initiates and stimulates local and international cooperation between communities that administrate a public wireless network. achieves and facilitates cooperation between Wireless Communities via the Internet. We organize and facilitate lectures and hands-on workshops. Next to this develops and maintains open source software. The Foundation hosts the annual Wireless Community Camp which takes place in the first week of August (2-6 August 2006). These five days there are meant to facilitate a knowledge exchange about how to start up wireless communities.

OneVillage Foundation by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-08-15 12:57
OVF sees the challenge and opportunity of using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to address World Urgent Issues, by providing a platform for an integrated approach to sustainable development. People have lost, or stopped practicing, the knowledge of sustainable living. Our mission is to connect art, science and education with proactive, hands on, community oriented actions on the ground that promote more sustainable ways of living in both developing and developed parts of the world. We are devoted to increasing collaboration and access to ICT in under-served communities, facilitating local content creation and dissemination, and building bridges among digital and physical communities globally.

Open Spectrum – an exhaustive resource on global license exempt spectrum
by Malcolm Matson— last modified 2006-07-29 16:36
An extremely extensive source of information about ‘open spectrum’ and its implementation (or otherwise) in almost every country around the globe. Developed and maintained by the Open Spectrum Foundation (Stichting Open Spectrum) in Amsterdam and Prague, this is an excellent starting point for anyone seeking to understand the topic and what is going on around the world in relation to it.

World Summits on Free Information Infrastructures
by Juergen Neumann — last modified 2006-07-14 14:33
WSFII an ongoing international process of multiple, local action oriented events which provide space for people to come together, to share experiences, present practical solutions, to learn and to build, all kinds of Free Information Infrastructures.

by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:19
WirelessAnarchy is web resource with extensive links for anyone creating their own long range infrastructure, without, as they say “having to pay anyone or jump through government hoops. Cheaply and easily, using off the shelf equipment, and a little ingenuity, you too can create your own net.”

Among the Audience – Economist New Media Survey
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:19
The era of mass media is giving way to one of personal and participatory media, says Andreas Kluth. That will profoundly change both the media industry and society as a whole. This comprehensive and well written survey by Andreas Kluth is a ‘must read’. The OPLAN Foundation is in touch with Andreas who recognizes the OPLAN concept as the necessary other side of the coin. Common to both sides of the coin is the belief that “content” is really being replaced by “conversation”. As I claim, even with the narrowband SYMMETRICAL telephone network, we never talked about “content” or differentiated between ‘creators’ and ‘consumers’. So it will be, I believe, when the abundance of bandwidth reverts the world to the model – much to disruption to the few who have made a big business out of having a broadband pipe ‘out’ from them but leaving the rest of us starved.

Prepared Statement of Vinton G. Cerf – Hearing on “Network Neutrality”
by Malcolm Matson— last modified 2006-07-26 13:18
Prepared Statement of Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Google Inc. U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing on “Network Neutrality”

United States Connected Communities Association
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:18
The US-CCA helps communities understand and manage their communications future by providing a foundation for standards development, education awareness, non-partisan political advocacy, and systematic approaches to applying communications and broadband networking goals.

It endeavors to:

  • Help communities understand viable and realistic community communications infrastructure options while applying best practices concepts.
  • Provide economic, planning, and standards models.
  • Foster research and development.
  • Systematize and standardize wiring standards for new construction.
  • Bring together interested communities, governmental organizations, and the ecosystems of communications in dialog, education, and the advancement of productive community communications assets for all.

The World Dialogue on Regulation for Network Economies
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:18
Under the inspired leadership of Professor William (Bill) Melody, The World Dialogue on Regulation for Network Economies is concerned with regulation and governance for network economies. It conducts research, facilitates online dialogue and discussion among experts, and publishes and distributes papers, reports and other relevant information. Although not limited to telecoms or OPLAN infrastructure, WDR has become the definitive community of experts focussed on network regulation.

Why Open Spectrum Matters
by Malcolm Matson— last modified 2006-07-26 13:18
This very readable note by David Weinberger sits on the Greater Democracy website. While it primarily focusses on radio spectrum, the arguments fit perfectly into the OPLAN principle. It is full of helpful and powerful images and metaphors that will aid understanding of the way in which this topic flows from, and is linked to, fundamental issues of democracy and free markets.

The Open Spectrum Foundation
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:18
In the summer of 2004, a project named Open Spectrum International began under the auspices of the Czech Civic Association “Mista v Srdce.” The aim was to promote awareness of “open spectrum” concepts outside North America, and to advocate the expansion of the radio bands available for license-exempt use. In May 2005, it registered as a Dutch nonprofit foundation (“stichting”) with offices in Amsterdam and Prague: Stichting Open Spectrum translates into English as the Open Spectrum Foundation.
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:16
Martin Geddes speaks of himself, “I’m a thinker, writer, coder, inventor, agitator, irritant and consultant. If it involves the transport and manipulation of bits of information, I’m interested in it. My current work passion is understanding the effect that the end-to-end model has on telcos and the IT industry. “The Network is the Computer” presages a massive collision between these two industrial ecosystems.” Always worth visiting Telepocalypse on a regular basis.

Wireless Leiden: Netherlands
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:16
The Wireless Leiden Foundation has established a fast wireless OPLAN for Leiden and the surrounding villages. It is an independent network, which technically links up seamlessly to the Internet, but can also be used for free local communication within the Leiden region. Wireless Leiden is a non-profit organisation, operating completely with professional volunteers and aiming at infrastructure and not services. All its software, technological and organisational knowledge is freely available to others under an open source license.

Digital Divide Network
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:15
The Digital Divide Network is the Internet’s largest community for educators, activists, policy makers and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide. At DDN, you can build your own online community, publish a blog, share documents and discussions with colleagues, and post news, events and articles. You can also find the archived discussion lists of the DIGITAL DIVIDE listserv.

The Center for Democracy and Technology
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:15
The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.

The Paradox of the Best Network
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:17Written by David Isenberg and David Weingerger, this much read and readily comprehensible ‘classic’ article sets out the original OPLAN arguments which are articulated in a highly US-centric context, many years after their original formulation in the UK. An important ‘must read’ for anyone coming to consider the implication of OPLANs from several perspectives.

The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) – Stanford Law School
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:17
The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School and a part of Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. The CIS brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security researchers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. The CIS strives as well to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values.

BLOGS at the Center for Internet and Society – Stanford University
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:17
Over 30 BLOGS from some of the heavyweight OPEN ACCESS thinkers at Stanford University, including Lawrence Lessig, Mark Cooper, Dan Gillmor and Mia Garlick.

Media Access Project (MAP)
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:17
Media Access Project (MAP) is a thirty year old non-profit tax exempt public interest telecommunications law firm which promotes the public’s First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media of today and tomorrow. In the words of the Supreme Court: “It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail… It is the right of the public to receive suitable access to social, political, esthetic, moral and other ideas which is crucial here.” MAP’s work is in the courts, the FCC, and in active outreach as a coalition builder among other public interest organizations.

The Jeff Pulver Blog
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:16
Jeff Pulver is the Chairman and Founder of, and one of the true pioneers of the VoIP industry. Leveraging well over a decade of hands-on experience in Internet/IP communications and innovation, Mr. Pulver is a globally renowned thought leader, author and entrepreneur. His blog is well read within the IP Communications Industry and in high-tech communities around the world. He is the publisher of The Pulver Report and VON Magazine and creator of the industry standard Voice on the Net (VON) conferences, where all sectors of IP communications come together to discuss, debate, and advance the industry. Additionally, Mr. Pulver is the founder of FWD, the VON Coalition, Global IP Alliance, Vivox, Tello, iPeerX and is the co-founder of VoIP provider, Vonage.

James Enck – EuroTelcoblog
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:16
James Enck, one of the best informed, visionary and clear-headed analysts in town and a Member of the OPLAN Foundation Council of Reference, offers in his Blog, “Reflections on developments within the European telecom sector, with an emphasis on disruptive influences and emerging business models. Views expressed are solely my own and do not reflect those of my employer” Essential reading for anyone wanting to keep in touch!

Frank Coluccio Technology Forum
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:16
Frank Coluccio is one of the most observant and well informed men on the planet when it comes to OPLANs and all associated topics. A wealth of information and links from this website

FCC’s resource for tribal governments
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:18
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recognizes that the telecommunications penetration rate on many tribal lands falls far below the national average. It has taken a series of steps, through regulatory action, consumer information and tribal outreach, to address the lack of telecommunications deployment and subscribership throughout Indian Country. The Commission promotes the availability of telecommunications services to individuals on tribal lands and various publications and resources are available here.

Association for Community Networking
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-07-26 13:18
The Association For Community Networking provides resources, shared learning, and experienced guidance to help communities and organizations use information and communications technologies effectively.

Wi-Pie in the sky?
by Malcolm Matson — last modified 2006-08-03 19:32
The Economist Technology Quarterly published in March 11th-17th issue. An interesting albeit slightly sceptical general article about citywide open access WiFi. Almost entirely US centric

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